What We Do
Acorn International delivers the expertise, solutions and assurance that global businesses need to thrive in high-risk environments amidst community opposition, environmental liabilities, and shareholder activism. We aim to promote more sustainable relationships between business, affected stakeholders and the affected environment, to help all three thrive.
International industries and investors are facing important, emerging trends that are redefining their needs for consulting services in support of overseas development programs. Through years of experience and careful listening, Acorn International understands the industry’s key challenges to be:
- Maximizing the use of local content in support services
- Providing efficient local access to projects, agencies and services
- Providing local insight to social customs and political concerns
- Simplifying effort and time required for contracting services
- Minimizing time and difficulty of managing local teams
- Assuring quality of work performed
- Providing low cost complementary international consulting teams
- Using fixed price contracts to provide understanding of costs up front, where possible
Acorn International’s mission is to deliver superior value to international industries by providing affordable, world-class ESG assurance consulting services overseas.
The company operates not through a traditional consulting services model, but by providing structured tools and coordination to qualified host-country teams, maintaining a link with international clients and building capacity in the host-country team.
This service works by integrating three critical elements:
Around the world, international industries and investors face stakeholder pressure to increase investment in host country work forces while continually improving the quality of environmental, health, safety and social (ESG) performance.
Striking this delicate balance will challenge companies to improve how they invest in, guide, support and help develop the capacity of in-country consultants, rather than relying on imported international teams.
Acorn International was founded to offer a service model based on guided partnerships that ensure world-class assurance and maximized local content in ESG consulting services. Capacity building is a critical element of our business model.
What is Capacity Building?
Capacity is the ability of people, organizations and society as a whole to manage their affairs successfully. Capacity development is the process whereby people, organizations and institutions (society) as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity over time.
Capacity building is often understood to mean a purposeful, external intervention to strengthen capacity over time.
For the extractives industry, capacity building can focus on internal and external stakeholders, and can encompass any or all of the following:
Capacity Building Position Paper
Acorn International’s Position Paper describes some current challenges of international capacity building and outlines why it is important to us, as well as our industrial and investment clients, to continually improve performance in the strengthening of in-country ESG services.
In Country Partners
Projects & Experience
Acorn International is a proud supporter of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation. The mission of Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation is to establish sustainability as an integral part of every child’s K-12 learning experience.
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