A TDI Sustainability sister organisation, Equitable Origin (EO) created the world’s first independent voluntary standards system for energy development. Working together, we focus on raising standards and improving business practices in natural resource development, especially within indigenous communities. Our team members head the EO advisory council and sit on EO’s technical committee.
Today’s energy development projects – from oil and natural gas extraction to the construction of wind farms and hydroelectric dams – profoundly impact people and the environment. Thanks to its global expertise and proprietary tools, EO is able to promote the development of energy resources under the highest social, environmental, ethical, and governance standards.
EO’s suite of tools, resources and standards bring transparency to energy development projects and can significantly reduce social and environmental risks while protecting the rights of indigenous communities. Offerings include:
EO Platform: A one-stop resource centre that provides energy companies, financial institutions, utilities and corporate energy purchasers with an efficient way to conduct performance and due diligence assessments of energy projects and suppliers.
EO100™ Standard: A framework to promote, incentivise and measure enhanced social and environmental performance, greater transparency, more accountability, and better outcomes for indigenous communities impacted by energy development projects.
EO100™ Gap Analysis: A resource for companies that helps them evaluate their social and environmental performance through a guided assessment process that includes interviews, documentation review and site visits.
Project evaluation and advisory services: A broad suite of advanced evaluation services for energy developers, investors in energy projects and development projects stakeholders.
Resource hub for indigenous rights: Information and resources to support indigenous peoples to assert their rights in the context of natural resource development.
FPIC-360 tool: A resource that allows indigenous communities to participate more effectively in decisions around proposed projects, and provides guidance to project developers.
Community monitoring and evaluation: Systems that prioritise narrative-based methodologies to capture insights from programme beneficiaries in their own words.