Acorn International offers a wide range of services and experience in Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) Assessment.
Clear and reliable assessments of integrated social and environmental risks are critical to maintaining the integrity of projects, operations and corporate reputations. We help clients identify, assess and manage potential environmental, social, and governance (ESG) sensitivities and risks, including biodiversity, community impact, health, safety, security, labor conditions, supply chain compliance, community and political/regulatory-risks through desktop research, document review, site visits, interactive workshops and facilitation.

Our team brings a deep understanding of IFC Performance Standards, World Bank Group EHS Guidelines, Equator Principles, international norms, and international impact assessment.

As Lender Independent Environmental and Social Consultant, we have performed >30 ESDD assessments for transactions worldwide, including the Panama Canal expansion and one of the world’s largest pipeline and terminal networks. Examples of recent ESDD assignments include:

  • Solar PV facility development in Honduras
  • Solar PV facility development in Mexico
  • Gas to liquids plant development in Trinidad & Tobago
  • Unconventional shale gas fields in Colorado and Wyoming
  • Thermal power plant, offloading terminal and transmission lines, Liberia
  • Chlor-alkali plant, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oil exploration blocks in Peru
  • Gas Pipeline Construction Liability Assessment, U.S.
  • Biotechnology industry in Spain
  • National steel and aluminum industry in Venezuela
  • Chemical plant in Korea
  • Refinery site in Africa
  • Oil fields in Russia, Kazakhstan, and worldwide
  • Agrifoods plants worldwide
  • Chemical plants in the U.S. and Canada
  • LNG terminal site in U.S.
  • Largest steel industry in the U.S.
  • Numerous commercial and industrial facilities throughout the U.S.

Our president and staff have worked side by side with investors, attorneys, corporate executives and operations managers in performing these assessments.

Acorn International developed a protocol and suite of guidelines and tools for guiding environmental due diligence in a complete and consistent manner. The protocol is based on and consistent with ASTM site assessment standards, but goes beyond that standard to integrate lessons learned from more than 20 years of experience in evaluating and designing solutions for assets in developing countries in cooperation with international industries, financiers, and regulators.

Our Services

Environmental & Social Baseline Survey & Impact Assessment

Industries, investors and regulators worldwide need reliable assessments of potential project impacts and effective mitigation plans that are developed by integrated teams of international and host-country experts.

Stakeholder Engagement & Social Performance

Successful project development increasingly depends on managing business and reputational risks related to stakeholder concerns and building partnerships with host communities.

Environmental & Social Due Diligence Assessment

Clear and reliable assessments of integrated social and environmental risks are critical to maintaining the integrity of projects, operations and corporate reputations.

ESG Strategy & Organizational Change

Our staff members have led teams in performing Environmental, Health, Safety, and Social (ESG) strategy and organizational change programs for energy companies worldwide.

Capacity Building / Training

On-going capacity assessment and building is critical to keep up with fast-evolving best practices and challenges in social and environmental performance.

S-Trendcasting™ – Planning for the Unforeseen

We deploy 30 years of experience in social risk management to facilitate a tailored (half-day to two-day) workshop building early warning systems.

S-Team On Demand CSR Talent

Allows companies to fill critical gaps for assuring uninterrupted performance assurance or achieving new initiatives with qualified, independent and trusted social performance experts.

Acorn International

1702 Taylor St, Suite 200B
Houston, TX 77007, USA

1213 Purchase St
New Bedford, MA 02740, USA



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