S TEAM™ ON DEMAND CSR TALENT

Using Acorn International’s S-Team solutions allows companies to fill critical gaps for assuring uninterrupted performance assurance or achieving new initiatives with qualified, independent and trusted social performance experts.

CHALLENGE

Increased board mandates to assure, measure and report social risk happening simultaneously with pressure to slash cost centers, including CSR units. This leaves companies exposed in operations and reporting.

SOLUTIONS

  • Authentic, on-demand support to get ahead of, or manage crises
  • Qualified eyes and ears on the ground worldwide to evaluate asset risks
  • Capacity to assess, track and help manage social risks, opportunities
    and trends impacting your business, to:
  • Systematically identify, evaluate and prioritize environmental and
    social (ESG) risks
  • Audit and provide assurance to operations
  • Update corporate guidance & programs to manage emerging risks
  • Respond to reporting needs

RESULTS DELIVERED

Dedicated social performance specialists to:

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Benchmark ESG and S metrics, prescribe corrective action plan for gaps

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Independently audit operations and business processes for optimal risk management and performance

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Train company and contractor staff in social performance requirements

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Produce reliable data and content to report ESG performance to investors and the public

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Review and develop standards and guidelines for social performance

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Identify, evaluate and develop plans to control often under-estimated social risks to business

"Acorn International has been an instrumental collaborator to our company… assisting us in advancing corporate responsibility leadership in the areas of human rights, stakeholder engagement, social investment, new country entry, and social performance management for both the corporate — and project-levels. In every project, they prove to be an integral and highly valuable partner to our social performance team."

FORTUNE 500 ENERGY COMPANY

HELPING BUSINESS MAINTAIN CONTROL OF SOCIAL RISK

Using Acorn International’s S-Team solutions allows companies to fill critical gaps for assuring uninterrupted performance assurance or achieving new initiatives with qualified, independent and trusted social performance experts.

RAPID RESPONSE SUPPORT

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A social/corruption due diligence assessment — Global mining company considering asset acquisition in Panama

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Workforce and resident community relationship risk analysis during pandemic — Big 5 U.S. food-packing company

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Stakeholder engagement plan to anticipate potential conflicts in permitting and taxes – $3bn chemical complex

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Local grievance response management — Numerous global oil and gas development projects

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Outreach program development and hiring with local communities – U.S. offshore wind venture team

OPERATIONS SUPPORT

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Monthly M&A portfolio ESG risk scans for energy private equity investors

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Rapid development assets’ risk profiles for global projects

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Stakeholder engagement plans and updates for boards of directors and executive management

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Audit and monitoring in-country of suppliers accused of slave labor practices for global steel manufacturer

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Gap assessment vs standards and/or peers for an energy company

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Stakeholder / relationship surveys and social media tracking alongside a U.S. renewable energy development team

"We rely on Acorn International as a social and environmental risk consultant of choice. They embed seamlessly into operating teams and consistently deliver creative, company-aligned risk management solutions. We count Acorn International among our most trusted advisors."

EXTERNAL RELATIONS MANAGER, FORTUNE 50 GLOBAL ENERGY COMPANY

WHY WORK WITH ACORN INTERNATIONAL?

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Trusted to work with operations to minimize disruption

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Globally recognized by C-level executives as proven “social subject matter experts”

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In-country engagement fixes in face of community opposition of major mining operation

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Experts to develop CSR guidelines and training as part of team in world’s largest energy companies

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

1801 Main St, Suite 1300
Houston, TX 77002, USA

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+1 832-900-3997

info@acornintllc.com

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