Sustainable Business

The Sustainable Business Group delivers solutions for companies and countries to accelerate their progress in energy transition, social and environmental integration, and supply chain reorganization. 


Local Content and Supply Chain Management

The Sustainable Business Group builds in-house programs or develops multistakeholder, industry-wide solutions that will create a sustainable industrial base without losing sight of immediate business needs. Our approach begins with a discussion of business objectives, procurement needs, and community expectations, and includes target-setting, stakeholder engagement, measurement and evaluation, and communications. We help clients determine if and how to engage other operators, contractors, governments, and communities in the program. We can focus our services to meet particular needs or build directories that broaden suppliers’ markets, thereby improving their abilities to thrive and to support procurement needs.

  • We’ve developed Supplier Registration Portal software which operators of large-scale capital projects use to more effectively manage their supply chains. It leverages technology to build and strengthen networks in supplier management globally.
  • We work closely with clients to deploy our Local Content Optimization Model (LCOM), which forecasts local content capacity based on detailed analysis of the demand side of investments and the supply-side capabilities of the local supplier and labor markets.
  • We offer a Supplier Registration Portal that matches local suppliers with buyers (operators and primary contractors) and helps foreign suppliers form alliances with local vendors to access protected local markets.
  • We provide regulators and companies with our Local Content Plan and Reporting platform (LCPR), which is configured to domestic regulations and assures companies meet their obligations to comply with local content, contract tendering, and reporting requirements.
  • We deliver the established Sustainable Business Training in Africa, Middle East, Americas, and Asia. We also provide confidential advisory services to governments and companies on local content regulation, the development of local content plans, and the drafting and execution of contract documents to leverage local content within major contract tenders. Read the brochure.

Our Experts

Christina Aguila provides program design services, technical analysis and implementation, and project management for multinational energy companies, trade associations, and government clients engaged in corporate social responsibility and local content strategies.

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Neil Browning is an economist and project manager focused on national and subnational economies in emerging and frontier markets.

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Chris MacDonald is a supply chain management and procurement and contracting professional with 36 years of experience working for Shell International. He advises private-sector clients on local content development strategies for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group.

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Amanda Ryan specializes in local content for the mining and oil and gas industries and supports data and policy analysis, project management, and business development for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group.

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Our Projects

Mauritania—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) worked with a multinational mining company to assess the company’s Local Business Integration (LBI) program and conducted a gap analysis to inform recommendations for optimizing supplier development.

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Mexico—Local Content Study

Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Organizations commissioned the DAI Sustainable Business Group to conduct a multiphase study consisting of policy analysis and benchmarking, national content methodology simplification, and supply-demand gap analysis.

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Trinidad and Tobago—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) was contracted by the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct a quantitative study to measure the value addition of the country’s energy sector beyond tax revenues and royalties paid to the government.

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Kenya—Local Content Exchanges

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group was contracted by the World Bank to develop, plan, and deliver The Kenya Local Content Exchanges project, an initiative of the Petroleum Business Opportunities project.

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Guinea—Assessing Sector Capacity for Foreign Direct Investment Linkages

Using DAI’s Local Content Optimization Model, the SBG team assessed 10 commercial sectors in Guinea, including construction services, equipment manufacturing, logistics, machine maintenance and repair, and food catering.

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Regional—Local Content Country Case Studies

The Sustainable Business Group (SBG) conducted a Local Content Regime Analysis (LCRA) in seven countries and provided a comparative analysis of the impacts of local content regimes.

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Tanzania—Local Content Benchmarking Study and Exchanges

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) was contracted by the Oil and Gas Association of Tanzania (OGAT) to complete a Local Content Benchmarking Study and subsequent Local Content Advisory.

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Sierra Leone—Local Content Planning and Reporting

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group works with the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency on an online portal and scorecard system to simplify and assure standardization in the way in which companies report their local content performance data.

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Ghana—Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC)

DAI helped Kosmos Energy to design, launch, and implement the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) program as part of the oil and gas company’s corporate social investment strategy in Ghana.

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DAI’s Employee Ownership Initiative Wins Prestigious Award

DAI was yesterday named an award winner at the 17th annual conference of the Global Equity Organization (GEO), a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing understanding of employee share plans. DAI won in a new award category, Best Use of a Share Plan in a Private Company.

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