EO Blog

Indigenous Voices: Colombia

As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day, we are launching a series of blogs featuring voices from the field, profiling indigenous participants in the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) workshops we held in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador between October 2017 and February 2018 in conjunction with COICA, the Coordinator of Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin.

Renewable Energy and Responsible Sourcing

For some industries, supply chain management has been a feature of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability programmes for decades. Early in the CSR movement, labour issues were brought to light in the apparel and textile sectors leading to a proliferation of standards and extensive auditing programmes initiated by consumer-facing firms.

Can Renewable Energy Deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

In September 2015, the UN member states agreed to a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which represent the global agenda for equitable, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable economic development through 2030.

Since their launch, companies across many sectors have been trying to figure out how to align the SDGs with their sustainability programs and in some cases, integrate them into their core strategy and operations.

Equitable Origin Signs MoU with Bettercoal

London, 27 June 2018 – Bettercoal and Equitable Origin have today signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to forge an active and mutually beneficial relationship between the two organisations to identify and to develop opportunities including but not limited to the harmonization of standards; to share knowledge and expertise on standard-setting and assurance; to collaborate on technology-based platforms for performance measurement and verification; and, to actively support the adoption of both standards and assurance systems in global energy value chains.

FPIC: Improving Verification on the Ground (Video)

Equitable Origin has worked for over a decade to help Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon to protect their lands from destructive development practices. The best chance for exploitation of natural resources to benefit communities and reduce impacts on the environment and biodiversity is when communities have a say in whether and how those resources are developed; a right for Indigenous Peoples that is recognized as Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). We are developing a technology tool to help communities participate in and monitor FPIC processes, which has the potential to safeguard human rights in the face of large-scale development projects.

Community Engagement and Renewable Energy

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EO organized a workshop in Muna, in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, to train indigenous representatives on social and environmental impact assessments; Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC); and Human Rights.

The training was conducted in partnership with the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA), and included the participation of more than 30 indigenous representatives.

The EO100™ Standard: A Framework for Social Impact Assessments in Mexico

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With the objective of sharing international experiences in social impact assessments (SIAs), community consultations and Human Rights protection, EO and ANUIES, the National Association of Universities, initiated a new cycle of trainings geared towards applying the EO100TM Standard as a framework for SIAs in Mexico, with the support of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation of the Americas.