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 SBG’s economic modeling tools and conducts local content, supply chain, and market analysis for international business projects.

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John DeRiggi is a spatial products developer with 10 years of experience in software and data engineering that includes working with Booz Allen, the RAND Corporation, and the World Bank.

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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 provides technical support on business development, market intelligence, and communications strategies for private-sector oil, gas, mining, and energy clients.

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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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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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