What do we do?
We work with indigenous and non-indigenous communities; investors in wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy, energy transmission, mining, silviculture and infrastructure; philanthropic and development organizations; NGOs; and government.
- Social due-diligence.
- Conflict diagnosis and understanding.
- Support for indigenous entrepreneurs; design of inclusive business models.
- Support for the implementation of consultation and compliance with Convention 169 of the ILO.
- Design and management of community projects.
- Strategy for development of projects in the community.
- Design and management of compensation programs for communities.
- Shared Value strategies.
- Facilitation of communication between communities and projects.
Environment and Natural Resources
- Environmental due-diligence; strategic environmental assessment.
- Pre-feasibility and feasibility of project layout.
- Vegetation and floristic baseline; land cover mapping.
- Photogrammetry; geomatics; cartography.
- Biomass flow modelling.
- Biodiversity conservation and compensation.
- Independent environmental supervision.
- Compliance management to IFC and IDB standards.
- Environmental restoration plans.
- Territory management plans on a community basis.
What's so special about what we do?
Authorities and neighbours of many important projects in Chile trust in TECO:
- Because our team, as well as being multidisciplinary, is multicultural. Thus we establish empathy and are in tune with project holders and the neighbouring community. In this way we generate confidence and lines of communication between all parties in a genuine and sustainable fashion.
- Because we complement both national and regional perspectives. Our team works out of TECO offices in Santiago and Temuco, and frequently in the north, which allows us to better understand and consider the distinct lifestyles, desires, frustrations and priorities of locales in each zone.
- Because we don't simplify complexity. We consider all variables, both social and environmental, arising from the projects in which we work, and we understand the kinds of relationships between them. We understand the complex, and we are comfortable working in an uncertain context.
- Because we are well-received, since we have demonstrated with out work that we are effective in establishing relationships of trust that are the basis of projects of shared value. For this reason, we are careful to choose with whom we work: we seek clients who are genuinely convinced that their projects can only be viable when developed in harmony with their surroundings.
How do we do it?
At the heart of TECO's work is the conviction that investment projects, communities and the environment can coexist based on mutually-beneficial solutions.
TECO Group first establishes a social, legal and environmental baseline, including community opinion, legal issues, and environmental and demographic indicators that describe the project context, the opportunities and the risks.
Using this baseline, TECO Group helps the investor see how the project will interact with the local context (in both positive and negative ways), and assists in the development of community engagement to begin to construct long-term relationships.
Monitoring and Followup
TECO Group monitors the project progress from the perspective of the stakeholders: the changes that occur in the community, the project, and the environmental context. This monitoring helps all parties to evaluate, adapt and change as required.