Sustainable Business

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) supports private companies to be smarter corporate citizens in their local business operations and assists public authorities to develop policy, regulation, and incentives that grow sustainable industries.

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 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. Read the brochure
  • We offer a Supplier Registration and Pre-Qualification portal (SRPQ) 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. Read the brochure.
  • We deliver the established LCS Local Content Master Class 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 focuses on corporate social investment projects for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group and provides project management, business development, and technical support for market and supplier analysis.

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Neil Browning supports the development of Sustainable Business Group’s economic modeling tools and conducts local content, supply chain, and market analysis for international business projects.

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As part of DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, Haaniah Hamid provides technical and development support for the Local Content Plan and Reporting platform.

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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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Alyssa Menz is a Senior Analyst in DAI’s Sustainable Business Group (SBG) specializing in local content and global supply chain development.

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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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As a Principal Analytics Specialist for DAI’s Sustainable Business Group, Lucas Vinze brings extensive experience working with international supply chains.

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Michael Warner is one of the world’s leading authorities on local content in the context of the oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure sectors.

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Our Projects


Ghana—Western Region Coastal Foundation (WRCF)

The Western Region Coastal Foundation promotes inclusive economic growth for communities affected by Ghana’s burgeoning oil and gas industry by helping to build up local supply chains, in addition to providing a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for government agencies, oil companies, and coastal communities to better share challenges and solutions.

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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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Guinea—Assessing Sector Capacity for Foreign Direct Investment Linkages

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group is working with the World Bank and Guinea’s Ministry of Mines to assess the competitiveness of key value chains related to new mining operations in the country.

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Ghana—Local Content Training

The Sustainable Business Group (SBG) delivered training to officials from the Ghana Petroleum Commission in the local content regulations.

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Sierra Leone—Local Content Training

For nearly two years, the Sustainable Business Group’s Local Content Plan and Reporting online platform has been in operation in Sierra Leone. 

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Tanzania—Local Content Benchmarking Study and Exchanges

In 2016, The Oil and Gas Association of Tanzania (OGAT) began working with our Sustainable Business Group (SBG) to design and implement its local content stakeholder engagement process.

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Kenya—Local Content Exchanges

The Sustainable Business Group (SBG) is organizing a three-part series event, the Kenya Local Content Exchanges, to bring together public, private, and civil stakeholders from Kenya’s petroleum sector.

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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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Vietnam—Competitiveness Assessment

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group conducted an industrial baseline analysis of Vietnam’s offshore petroleum industry and developed a local supplier registration portal to connect customers with Vietnamese firms.

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Trinidad and Tobago—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group conducted a study to determine the economic value added by local content in Trinidad and Tobago’s energy sector. The study evaluated current local content value as well as projections of future value.

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Mauritania—Local Content Study

The Sustainable Business Group is reviewing a multinational mining company’s plans for local business engagement and conducting a gap analysis to help optimize supplier development.

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Mexico—Local Content Study

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group analyzed Mexico’s national content model and assessed the ability of local suppliers to contribute to the country’s oil and gas sector. 

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