Stakeholder Engagement and Social Performance

Our Experience includes:

Social Baseline Study, Stakeholder Workshop/Strategy and Community Development Planning for an Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Program, the Philippines
Acorn International provided a study of baseline socio-economic conditions for an oil and gas exploration program offshore Palawan Island in the Philippines. The study accompanied stakeholder engagement planning, which involved designing and initiating a stakeholder engagement management plan with local communities. Some of the key issues faced were addressing competing concerns of fishermen, pearl farm owners, municipal/provincial/national authorities and indigenous people living along the coast. Our team developed a Social Baseline Study, an Environmental and Social Management Plan, a Regulatory Compliance and Commitments Register, and a Stakeholder Engagement Management Plan to help guide the project planning, design and execution/monitoring.

Stakeholder Workshop/Strategy for an Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Project, Vietnam
Acorn International led a complex stakeholder engagement and regulatory approvals program for an offshore exploration program in Vietnam. Acorn International and its Vietnamese partner were responsible for ensuring that regulatory and other key stakeholders are aware of and approve project design and plans, and that environmental submittals demonstrate proactive, best practice impact management. Acorn International also led the design and implementation of community engagement, development and claims management plans. We started this work by organizing and facilitating a stakeholder identification and analysis workshop, and continue to work closely with country team management to help provide assurance and direction of stakeholder engagement on the project.

Strategic Community Planning for an Onshore Shale Gas Exploration and Production Project, Fayetteville Shale Play (U.S.)
Acorn International is leading a complex community analysis and engagement program for an onshore gas exploration and production company in Arkansas. Acorn International and a polling research partner are responsible for assisting the company in designing and planning stakeholder engagement and community development programs that are in line with community needs and company capacity, and build strong company-community relationships. This initiative has included baseline socio-economic research, community stakeholder surveys and a social impact assessment. Acorn International used this research and analysis, as well as information collected during internal meetings and workshops, to develop project-wide stakeholder engagement and community development management plans. The project began with a stakeholder identification and analysis workshop, involved close collaboration with the company’s team management, and culminated in a workshop evaluating community investment opportunities.

Indigenous People’s Consultation Program, Stakeholder Engagement Plan and Community Investment Strategy for an Onshore Oil and Gas Exploration Project in and around Indigenous Community Reserves, Colombia
Acorn International led a complex stakeholder engagement and community investment program for an onshore exploration project including an expansive 2-D seismic survey in a rural area of eastern Colombia. The project area included 14 indigenous group territories plus communities with refugees, rebel groups, paramilitaries and people engaged in the illegal cultivation and processing of coca. Acorn International and its Colombian partner were responsible for designing and helping to lead the stakeholder/community engagement plan, community investment strategy and indigenous people “prior consultation program” in accordance with Colombian law, company standards, and best practices from the World Bank, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and related organizations. We began this work by organizing and facilitating a community relations and investment planning workshop, and convened an expert panel to help provide assurance and direction of stakeholder engagement on the project.

Environmental, Health, Safety and Social Risk Assessment Screening Reference Tool, Worldwide
Acorn International developed a Screening Tool for a major oil and gas company to facilitate the identification of potential Environmental, Health, Safety and Social risks for coastal and marine facilities. The tool identified readily available resources related to marine and coastal project management concerns around the world, such as the locations of mangroves, corals, and sensitive habitats or species, as well as meteorological data, travel safety risk information, and artisanal fishing communities. The tool will be used by the client to identify major potential risks, concerns or project hazards in the early stages of project conception. In addition, the tool provided references to guidance documents from sources such as UNEP, IPIECA and OGP that are related to the identification, assessment and management of environmental health and safety issues in coastal and marine areas.

Environmental, Health and Social Risk Assessment for Onshore and Offshore Production Fields, Eastern Nigeria
Acorn International facilitated the environmental, health and social (EHS) elements of a corporate risk assessment for production and supporting activities in a series of seven onshore and offshore oil and gas fields in eastern Nigeria. We led this portion of a 5-day risk assessment workshop in Nigeria with members of the field management teams. At the same time, we helped train and evaluate the capacity of members of the team to facilitate future EHS risk assessments for other operating units.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for an FPSO, U.S.
Acorn International facilitated the environmental, health and social (EHS) components of a HAZID risk assessment of a proposed Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) facility for a major international oil and gas company.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for a Power Plant, Thailand
Acorn International’s Principal facilitated the environmental, health and social (EHS) components of a HAZID risk assessment of a proposed Power Plant development for a major international oil and gas company.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for Offshore Natural Gas Development, Trinidad and Venezuela
Acorn International facilitated the environmental, health and social (EHS) components of a HAZID risk assessment of proposed offshore processing facilities, wells and pipelines for a major international oil and gas company. The project will feed LNG facilities in both Venezuela and in Trinidad. Special attention was given to potential project impacts on sensitive coastal areas.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for Rare Earth Mine, U.S.
Acorn International led an integrated environmental, health and social (EHS) assessment of on-going operations and remediation activities at a primarily closed mine adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve in California. The work was performed as part of an on-going contract to perform EHS facilitation of risk assessments for operating units and major capital developments of a major oil and gas company worldwide. Specific attention was paid to alleged public health impacts related to historic mine tailings and water quality concerns.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for Over 50 Onshore and Offshore Facilities, U.S.
Acorn International is facilitating the environmental, health, social (EHS) and reputational components of a HAZID risk assessment of over 50 onshore and offshore facilities in North America for a major international oil and gas company. The Integrated HAZID assessment was conducted throughout 2008 to identify potential risk associated with facility operations and activities at a high level and to recommend further risk assessments and/or mitigation techniques for reducing anticipated risk. As part of the process, Acorn International focused on identifying potential future environmental regulatory changes, key stakeholder interests, and public perception concerns that have the potential to impact the company’s operations and reputation.

Facilitation of an Integrated Environmental and Social Risk Assessment for a Marine Terminal, U.S.
Acorn International facilitated the environmental, health and social (EHS) components of an integrated HAZID risk assessment for the proposed upgrades and re-activation of an old petroleum export terminal on the Arthur Kill in New Jersey, facing New York City. We worked with the project team engineers, planners and HSE specialists to identify and recommend measures to manage environmental, health and social risks as well as safety risks associated with the reactivation activities and on-going operations.