Equitable Origin Projects

Since its founding in 2009, Equitable Origin has provided a variety of services to energy development stakeholders dedicated to exceptional social and environmental performance. For details on the types of services EO offers, please visit the EO Services page.

The Center for Strengthening Indigenous Rights, an online resource hub (“the Resource Hub”)

Project Partner: Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Dates: Initiated 2019
Location: Latin America
Service Provided: Indigenous Rights and Resources Hub
Project summary: Since 2019, Equitable Origin and the COICA have developed The Resource Hub was created so Indigenous Peoples can better understand, assert, and safeguard their rights in the context of natural resource development. The Resource Hub focuses on three main pillars:

1. A virtual library of information on rights and resource development
2. Capacity-building through workshops, e-learning, and ‘mingas’
3. An expert network to respond to the needs of Indigenous Peoples.

See the video about the Resource Hub here.

Strengthening Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

Project Partner: Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
Dates: Initiated 2017, ongoing
Location: Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru
Service Provided: Guidance: Free, Prior, Informed Consent
Project summary: This Free, Prior and Informed Consent tool, FPIC-360°, was developed as a framework for monitoring FPIC. We conducted workshops with indigenous communities in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru to inform the development of the FPIC-360° Tool and we lead a Community of Practice consisting of ISEAL members, indigenous representatives, financial institutions, assurance providers and independent experts who are following and informing the development of the tool.

The FPIC-360° Tool seeks to enable consultation and consent processes that allow communities to meaningfully participate in, and take ownership of decision-making processes that impact their territories, resources, livelihoods and wellbeing. The Tool provides a mechanism that guides and facilitates these processes while also generating data that can be used for verification and assurance purposes.


Strengthening Regulatory Oversight in Colombia

Project Partner: Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos de Colombia (ANH) (National Hydrocarbons Agency of Colombia)
Dates: Initiated November 2015
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Service Provided: Assurance Evaluation and Benchmarking
Project summary: As Colombia’s national regulatory body for oil and gas development, ANH depends on clear and accurate assessments of social and environmental performance by development projects to gauge regulatory compliance. EO assurance experts are evaluating ANH assurance processes and practices and will make recommendations for improvements to streamline oversight and improve social and environmental performance nationwide.

Gap Analysis of Esperanza Natural Gas Field

Project Partner: Canacol Energy Ltd
Dates: May 2014 - July 2014
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Service Provided: EO100™ Gap Analysis
Project summary: EO performed an EO100™ Gap Analysis of the “La Esperanza” site, an onshore natural gas production operation near the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Following the Gap Analysis, EO made specific recommendations to site operator Canacol on how to implement improvements and strengthen alignment with the EO100™ Standard as the company moves toward Equitable Origin certification of the site. The project included interviews with high- and mid-level executives, analysis of management procedures, and a visit to the production site to engage with local stakeholders and workers.

Executive Level Gap Analysis of Oil and Gas Operations

Project Partner: Equion Energía
Dates: December 2014 - January 2015
Location: Colombia
Service Provided: EO100™ Gap Analysis
Project summary: EO performed an executive EO100™ Gap Analysis for Equion to identify general opportunities for improvement in sustainability management. The analysis applied to Equion’s company-wide social and environmental practices and offered insight on how to improve them according to the guidelines of the EO100™ Standard.

Initial Assessment of Policies and Practices

Project Partner: Hunt Oil Company
Dates: May 2014 - June 2014
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Service Provided: EO100™ Gap Analysis
Project summary: EO assessed Hunt Oil’s social and environmental policies and practices with an EO100™ Gap Analysis and offered recommendations for improvement.

Community Relations Assessment

Project Partner: Petroamazonas
Dates: December 2014 - June 2015
Location: Ecuadorian Amazon
Service Provided: Community Engagement
Project summary: EO performed stakeholder mapping of indigenous and other local communities surrounding Petroamazonas oil production operations in the Amazon region of Ecuador. EO engaged with selected communities and collected information on their concerns and priorities regarding social and environmental impacts of the operations. EO shared its findings with Petroamazonas to inform the improvement of community engagement and social practices in the region.