Welcome to Know Your Resources, the news site of Equitable Origin which covers issues relating to energy, the environment, human rights and social innovation. We seek to share the diverse perspectives of our entire team as well as of leading experts across the sectors and disciplines with which we engage.

Crowdsourcing Higher Social and Environmental Standards

Oct. 17, 2014 | Written by Ben Vila

EO's Online Public Consultation Tool.

As part of the revision process of the EO100 Standard, Equitable Origin has launched a new online public consultation tool to solicit feedback and hear what you have to say. This crowdsourcing effort is an extension of Equitable Origin’s core commitment to multistakeholder engagement, a cornerstone of Equitable Origin’s approach to credible standard setting. Equitable Origin has a long history of consultation with diverse stakeholders – the EO100 Standard is the product of years of dialogue with communities, indigenous groups, governments, NGOs, industry leaders and relevant experts. By using an online platform, we hope to reach more stakeholders than ever before, incorporating a wider diversity of perspectives and greater insights into the EO100 Standard. Though we believe the EO100 Standard is an important step in creating a rigorous and reliable social and environmental ...

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"Oil and Water" Wins Top Doc Honors at Northampton Film Fest

Oct. 14, 2014 | Written by Josh Garrett

Equitable Origin President David Poritz interviewed at the Northampton International Film Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"Oil and Water" continued to impress at the Northampton International Film Festival last weekend. The film's co-directors Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda took home both the jury prize and audience prize for Best Documentary from the festival.

EO President David Poritz was on hand for the Saturday screening of of the film, and offered this reaction to its double-award-winning reception: "Big congratulations to Francine and Laurel! They've made an amazing film, and I'm so glad I could be a part of it. I think that these and other awards the film has received shows that in addition to skilled storytelling, people are energized by attempts to solve some of the world's biggest challenges. The film serves as a powerful tool ...

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David Poritz Gives Talks at Brown's Watson Institute and the Yale School of Management

Oct. 11, 2014 | Written by Ben Vila

David Poritz at Brown University's Watson Institute addressing Latin American scholars participating in the Botín Scholars program last week.

After the series of First Readings events, David Poritz continued his visit at Brown with a talk and discussion with students visiting the university as part of the Botín Scholars program hosted by the Watson Institute for International Studies. For the past five years, the Fundación Botín has sponsored forty students from Latin America with high potential and a vocation for public service to participate in an intensive two-month leadership and development program that begins at the Watson Institute in Providence and ends in Santander, Spain. Students attend lectures, seminars and workshops hosted by Brown faculty and visiting scholars working on projects related to Latin America. Given his close ties to Latin America and history of leadership and entrepreneurship at ...

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"Oil & Water" Comes to Brown University

Oct. 7, 2014 | Written by Ben Vila

From left: Prof. James Green, David Poritz, Hugo Lucitante, Laurel Spellman Smith, and Francine Strickwerda From left: Prof. James Green, David Poritz, Hugo Lucitante, Laurel Spellman Smith, and Francine Strickwerda.

David Poritz returned to his alma mater Brown University last week as part of a weeklong series of events and discussions on the film "Oil and Water,” the documentary directed by Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda that traces the founding of Equitable Origin. The film was assigned to new students to watch over the summer as part of Brown’s First Readings program. For the past eight years, the First Readings program has asked incoming freshmen to read a selected book over the summer prior to beginning their first semester of college. Instead of discussing a book during orientation this year, new students discussed “Oil and Water” and how the themes of the film related to their lives own as they begin their careers ...

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How Can We Make Oil and Gas More Responsible? We Need Your Input

Oct. 6, 2014 | Written by Equitable Origin

We need your feedback on the EO100™ Standard to help us ensure it reflects current industry best practices and stakeholder expectations on social, environmental, and ethical performance of oil and gas operations.

Our online consultation tool is available for anyone to submit comments for a period of 60 days from October 6 to December 5, 2014. A second public consultation will be held next year. We expect to complete the review in 2016.

In the revised version of the Standard (based on changes suggested by our Standards Technical Committee), there are five Principles:

  1. Transparency & Ethics
  2. Human Rights
  3. Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
  4. Fair Labor
  5. Environment

The online consultation tool allows you to focus your comments on specific areas or topics.

Each Principle includes Objectives to meet in pursuit of certified-responsible practices, and Performance Targets serve as the indicators of progress towards each ...

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EO’s VP of Standards and Stakeholder Engagement Soledad Mills Speaks at the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Sept. 29, 2014 | Written by Ben Vila

Equitable Origin's Soledad Mills (second from right) at the United Nations Global Compact roundtable "Business and Support for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" last week.

Though intervention in Syria and climate change demonstrations dominated headlines last week during the UN General Assembly, another significant event was also underway, the first UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, inaugurated by Evo Morales and Ban Ki-moon. Soledad Mills, Equitable Origin’s Vice-President of Standards & Stakeholder Engagement, was invited to speak at the conference as part of the roundtable discussion on Business and Support for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact and Tribal Link. The roundtable explored innovative approaches to addressing the challenges Indigenous Peoples face around the world in light of the growing impacts of globalization and transnational corporations. Respect for Indigenous Rights is gaining increasing recognition ...

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Perspectives on Certified-Responsible Oil: Pacific Rubiales Sustainability Lead Valeria Santos

Sept. 28, 2014 | Written by Valeria Santos Benedetti

Valeria Santos Benedetti (right), Sustainability Lead for Pacific Rubiales Energy, with Equitable Origin co-founder and President David Poritz (left).

As part of our ongoing series of perspectives on the world's first certified-responsible oil production site, we asked Valeria Santos, Sustainability Lead for Pacific Rubiales Energy, to share her thoughts on what the certification means for her company and the oil industry at large, and her response follows. Pacific Rubiales is the owner of the Quifa and Rubiales oil fields in Colombia, which together make up the first oil production site certified under the EO100TM Standard for social and environmental performance.

When Equitable Origin approached us with a proposal to obtain their certification we were sure it would bring an aggregate value to our model, reflect our commitment to responsible operations, and improve our credibility with stakeholders. We wanted ...

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Watch "Oil and Water" for Free Online Until October 22

Sept. 26, 2014 | Written by Josh Garrett

The documentary film "Oil and Water" tells the fascinating story of Equitable Origin's evolution out of company co-founder and President David Poritz's experiences with oil development in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

You can now watch the film online for free util October 22nd! Click here to watch the film on the PBS Global Voices website. Please share the film with your friends and tell us what you think about it on Twitter and Facebook. Happy viewing! (Please note: online viewing is only available in the United States) > Read more

"Oil and Water" TV Premiere Sunday Sep. 21

Sept. 19, 2014 | Written by Josh Garrett

Remember to set your DVR because "Oil and Water" premieres on the PBS World Channel on Sunday September 21st at 10 pm (click the link to find your local World Channel station and airtime).

The documentary film chronicles EO founder and President David Poritz's experiences with irresponsible oil development in the Ecuadorian Amazon that led him to create the world's first independent certification system for the oil and gas industry. It airs will air on PBS World Channel as part of the Global Voices documentary film series.

Don't get World Channel? Not to worry! You can watch "Oil and Water" any time between September 22nd and October 21st on the Global Voices website.

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EO Founder David Poritz at Hometown Showing of "Oil and Water"

Sept. 18, 2014 | Written by Josh Garrett

Equitable Origin President David Poritz takes the stage for a Q&A session as the "Oil and Water" credits roll at Amherst Cinema on Monday September 15.

Equitable Origin founder and President David Poritz was on hand for the screening of the film "Oil and Water" in his home town of Amherst, Massachusetts on Monday. Following the screening, which took place at Amherst Cinema, David answered questions from the audience in the packed theater. Many audience members were curious about the progress of Equitable Origin following the time period covered in the film, and David shared the news of EO's recent certification of its first oil production site. The event was previewed by the Massachusetts news site masslive.com with coverage that included an interview with David.

The documentary film chronicles David's firsthand encounters as a teen and ...

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