Acorn International Ideas

Acorn Notes is a series of periodic papers to share ideas regarding EHSS and sustainability management for international industry.

Issue 21 - March 2014: Above-ground Facilities and Stakeholder Engagement:
Deploying the 'CAC'

Oil and gas facilities are located around the globe, often operating in close proximity to local communities. Though cultural contexts near projects, refineries and terminals may differ enormously, stakeholder concerns regarding potential environmental degradation, health and ...

Issue 20 - March 2014: A Starting Point for Shared Equity
Industries have the means and most often the good intentions to make this world a better place. They are able to deliver new products, advanced technologies and alternative solutions to improve the lives of millions. Yet while industries possess the means, the consumer fuels the changes ...

Issue 19 - March 2014: What It Takes to Run a Great Consulting Firm
Consultancies are in business to deliver value – value to clients, value to employees, and value to shareholders. The products vary – whether delivering management advice, developing technical studies and plans, or providing technical/logistical support – but the basic model is the same. We ...

Issue 18 - February 2014: Considering Human Rights - Trends and Lessons in Oil and Gas Impact Assessments
The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) released its guide to integrating human rights into environmental, social and health impact assessments (ESHIA) late 2013. The guide highlights how human rights issues relating to cultural values ...

Issue 17 - June 2013: Managing Environmental Health in International Development Projects
The concept of environmental health is relatively new and is not yet widely understood, accepted or applied in the oil and gas industry. The concept has been defined various ways1 2, but for our purposes, we will use the following definition: ...

Issue 16 - January 2013: Integrating Environmental and Social Performance throughout the Project Lifecycle
Issue 15 - January 2013: The State of Shale Play in 2013
Issue 14 - August 2012: Building Environmental and Social Governance in Host Countries
Issue 13 - May 2012: Human Rights and Business: A New Era
Issue 12 - February 2012: Extractive Industries Confront Pressure for Greater Transparency
Issue 11 - January 2012: Key Updates to the IFC Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards
Issue 10 - June 2011: Oil & Gas and NGOs: New Rules of Engagement?
Issue 9 - February 2010: Annual Study of Sustainable Development Priorities
Issue 8 - January 2009: Annual Study of Sustainable Development Priorities
Issue 7 - May 2008: Top Ten Lessons Learned About Health Impact Assessment
Issue 6 - January 2008: Annual Study of Sustainable Development Priorities
Issue 5 - September 2007: Results of web forum with our International Partners
Issue 4 - January 2007: Annual Study of Sustainable Development Priorities
Issue 3 - May 2006: Suggestions and tips for safe international travel
Issue 2 - January 2006: Annual Study of Sustainable Development Priorities
Issue 1 - November 2005: The Top 10 “unspoken" criteria for determining the success of EIAs