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Rethinking Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

In February and March 2018, Equitable Origin (EO), in collaboration with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA) conducted the second and third workshops in a series of three workshops about Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as part of a project funded by the ISEAL Alliance Innovation Fund.

EO to Expand Social Impact Assessment Training Program in Mexico

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During 2017, EO implemented a series of six trainings on social impact at local Autonomous universities in Mexico in partnership with the National Association of Universities, ANUIES. The trainings included developing a curriculum on social and environmental performance monitoring and management.

EO leads Free, Prior and Informed Consent workshop with Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon basin

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Equitable Origin, in partnership with the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), is currently leading an innovative and collective effort to examine the issue of Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, or FPIC, and how it is applied in the context of voluntary sustainability standards.

A Fast and Fair Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

This week, the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) hosted their 14th annual American Renewable Energy Day summit in Colorado, and EO's CEO, Soledad Mills, spoke on a panel about the challenges and opportunities of developing renewable energy in emerging markets.

Promoting Responsible Shale Development in Texas

Building on our work in Texas last year, EO is continuing to explore opportunities for applying best practices in energy development in the Lone Star State. This spring, we were privileged to be guided through the Eagle Ford shale and the Trans-Pecos regions of Texas by Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger, a native of Texas, whose knowledge and experience of the regions as well as her indomitable spirit made for an enlightening and informative journey.

In Partnership with the National Hydrocarbon Agency, EO Supports Strengthening of Human Rights Protections in the Oil & Gas Sector in Colombia

A single word can define the last five years of Colombia’s energy sector: change. The country suffered the negative effects of the oil and gas price drop, new legal conditions to promote renewable energy development were approved, local communities put forward referendums to approve or protest projects in their territories and a new structural tax reform was put in place.

Creating Shared Value in the Energy Sector

In light of next week's Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York, we thought we'd revisit the concept of Creating Shared Value and how it applies to the energy sector.

Since we first explored this topic almost five years ago, much has evolved in our sector.