Corporate Profile

ADEC Innovations is an impact investing company that designs, develops and delivers a diverse data management and technology portfolio of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Solutions. Ensuring sustainability and long-term financial viability is the key component of our impact investing framework.

With a global force of over 5,000 employees, our presence spans five continents – Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North America. We offer a wide range of solutions and consulting services across multiple fields, providing industry expertise in sustainability, environmental data services, knowledge management, data management, health information, and public-private partnerships.

In all these business areas, we focus on aggregating, organizing and giving visibility to data in order to enable client organizations’ leaders and stakeholders to make informed decisions. Our comprehensive suite of ESG Solutions assist organizations in minimizing environmental impacts, achieving operational efficiencies and driving long-term business growth through sustainable profitability.

1996

James “Jim” Donovan and Carol Esguerra founded JICA. The company is established to cater to an American client, later becoming a leading provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Solutions.

1998

ADEC Solutions is established, focusing on providing solutions for back office processes such as data processing, document management, and accounting and legal tasks to global corporations in a number of different industries.

ADEC Solutions becomes an asset and infrastructure partner to the World Bank, an international organization that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries, and USAID, one of the leading US government agencies working to end extreme global poverty and enabling resilient democratic societies to realize their potential.

2001

American Data Exchange Corporation is established as a data and document management company that specializes in back office processes.

2005

American Data Exchange receives ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) certification for Global BPO Services. The certification recognizes American Data Exchange's commitment and adherence to recognized best practices in providing our customers with the highest level of quality service and ensuring the attainment of set quality targets.

2006

American Data Exchange enters a joint venture with First American Title Insurance Company​, a financial services company that is a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries.

A-Plus International School is first established as a preparatory school and evolves into a premier language learning institution that specializes in Mandarin and English language programs.

2007

American Data Exchange receives ISO 27001:2005 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification for the provision of Global BPO Services. The certification recognizes American Data Exchange's commitment and adherence to recognized best practices, particularly in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information as well as the protection of information assets from all identified threats.

ADEC Group acquires DCSI (Deposit Computer Services, Inc.), a New York-based company that provides business-to-business services in information and document management.

ADEC Group acquires Preview Services Australia, later renaming it ADEC Preview. ADEC Preview has the widest range of outsourcing services in Australia designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs, with specialization in document management and scanning.

2008

FirstCarbon Solutions is established as a management firm to address the need for carbon emissions measurement and sustainability management strategies.

2009

American Data Exchange receives ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System (EMS) certification, which acknowledges the firm's commitment and adherence to best recognized practices in the identification and analysis of environmental aspects.

Previously known as ADEC-DCSI, ADEC Solutions receives ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) certification, four years after American Data Exchange was awarded the same recognition.

2010

A-Plus English Online is established to provide online learning solutions to the growing number of people who desire to learn English as a second language.

American Data Exchange is assessed to be Level 1 Compliant to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), created to increase information security controls in organizations that handle cardholder information for VISA and MasterCard transactions.

FirstCarbon Solutions wins "Best Eco-Industrial Service" at the 1st Philippine International Eco-Show Awards.

FirstCarbon Solution acquires Enverity Corporation, a company which provides web-enabled business management and greenhouse gas tracking software.

2011

PharmaKPO is established as a joint venture with Zuellig Pharma in order to address the growing need for knowledge process outsourcing services among pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

FirstCarbon Solutions wins "Most Innovative Company of the Year" at the 5th ICT International Awards Philippines.

CDP, an organization which works with investors and businesses to disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of major corporations, selects FirstCarbon Solutions as a Global Scoring and Outsourcing Partner.

ADEC Group opens an office in Xiamen Software Park, China.

2012

ADEC Solutions receives ISO 27001:2005 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification, five years after American Data Exchange was awarded the same recognition.

FirstCarbon Solutions acquires Michael Brandman Associates of California, combining the two organizations' extensive knowledge in environmental consulting solutions with energy, carbon, and sustainability management expertise.

BPO Asia Institute (BAI) is established as a global learning service company that provides solutions for businesses and organizations that seek to improve their performance through learning and development coupled with technology.

A-Plus Languages, formerly known as A-Plus English Online, offers Mandarin for its virtual classroom services.

The Global Online Association for Learning (GOAL), a non-profit association, is created to promote the enhancement of online education and to develop its standards and policies.

2013

In partnership with The Reassurance Network, ADEC Group introduces "Supply-LINK."

ADEC Group wins the "Executive Leadership Team of the Year" award at the Asia CEO Awards.

2014

FirstCarbon Solutions launches offices in New York (10 Monument Street, Deposit NY and 56 Broome Corporate Parkway,  Conklin NY) and Connecticut (1175 Post Road E, Westport, CT).

ADEC, through FirstCarbon Solutions, partners with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). FirstCarbon Solutions attends the 1st UN Environment Assembly in Kenya and is set to participate in UNEP's Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo in the same year.

The ADEC Kenya office is officially launched.

Envirosite Corporation, a data management firm that provides environmental solutions for the environmental site assessment marketplace through data analysis and interpretations, is officially launched.

ADEC Group wins the "Business Responsibility and Ethics" category and receives special recognition in the Energy Management category during the first Sustainable Business Awards Philippines.

Envirosite Corporation wins the Oracle Technology of the Year Award at the Asia CEO Awards.

ADEC Innovations CEO James Donovan is awarded the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Visionary Award by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation at the Global South-South Development Expo held in Washington DC.

2015

ADEC Innovations' CEO James Donovan is confirmed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the team leader of Assessment Methodologies, Data and Information Working Group for the Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6). He also signs a Memorandum of Understanding with UNOSSC Director Yiping Zhou to promote the Global CEO Alliance, encouraging collaboration among business leaders of UNOSSC’s 132 member countries.

2016

Launch of ADEC Innovations Knowledge Management, formerly known as BPO Asia Institute

Launch of Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA)

ADEC Innovations CEO James M. Donovan wins 2017 Asia CEOs’ Expatriate Executive of the Year Award

2017

Launch of ADEC Innovations Health Solutions

Partners and Affiliations

We are in partnership with numerous corporate, government and multilateral organizations that promote industry development through data solutions and services that enable the achievement of responsible and sustainable growth.

CDP DRIVING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES
CDP is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest
CSR ASIA
CSR Asia is the leading provider of information, training, research and advisory
Mahindra Satyam
Mahindra Satyam is a leading global business
BLUE SNOW CONSULTING & ENGINEERING
Blue Snow Consulting & Engineering is a determined participant in the drive towards…
UNITED REGISTRAR OF SYSTEMS
United Registrar of Systems (URS) Verification Private Limited is a member of the…
LCM CENTER CO., LTD.
LCM Center Co., Ltd. is a subdivision of 3E: Research Unit for Energy, Economic and…
ETICAMBIENTE SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTING
ETICAMBIENTE Sustainability Management

Certifications

If you need assurance that your sustainability and energy solutions partner utilizes business practices aligned with industry standards, look no further. ADEC Innovations has access to industry certifications and accreditations acknowledging our commitment and adherence to recognized best practices.

Management Team

As a global leader in ESG impact investing, sustainability is at the heart of all we do.  Our leadership team ensures this is at the forefront of all corporate decision making, whether in relation to new acquisitions or investing in the development of new technology services and solutions. Our leaders’ expertise and decades of experience in their areas of specialization work in synergy to steer the company, motivate our professional workforce and mobilize support from all stakeholders.  Under their capable leadership, ADEC Innovations redefines and delivers innovative ESG Solutions that promote sustainable growth and development.

James Donovan Photo

As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jim brings 25 years of investment banking expertise and entrepreneurial vision into the company.

James DonovanChairman

Carol Esguerra Photo

As Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, Carol negotiates high-level partnerships and acquisitions using her investment banking expertise.

Carol EsguerraVice Chairman

David Young Photo

As Chief Operations Officer, David brings to the company an operational expertise honed in over 40 years of experience in various operational management roles worldwide.

David YoungChief Operations Officer, Asia

ROBERT FRANCISCO Photo

Robert brings over 25 years of experience in environmental management as he leads the overall operations in North America and Europe.

ROBERT FRANCISCOPRESIDENT, North America and Europe

Patrick Schultz Photo

With over 25 years’ experience in operations management, process improvement and project management, Patrick is responsible for working collaboratively across all ADEC operations and business units to deliver outstanding services and products to our clients worldwide.

Patrick SchultzChief Operations Officer, USA

MARK CERINO Photo

A senior executive for 25 years, Mark leads the day-to-day operations of Envirosite Corporation.

MARK CERINOPRESIDENT, ENVIROSITE CORPORATION

BEN WILDE Photo

A business and economics graduate with close to a decade's worth of experience in the data and document management industry, Ben leads the design and delivery of technology solutions aimed towards managing large volumes of corporate responsibility and operations data.

BEN WILDEDIRECTOR, UK

Lilian Reventar Photo

With over two decades' corporate leadership experience, Lilian heads ADEC Innovations' Knowledge Management division in creating innovative learning and development solutions for corporate and academic clients.

Lilian ReventarPresident, Knowledge Management

Eric Rollett Photo

With 20 years of Sales and Operations Management experience, specifically in document digitization and process outsourcing in the UK and Australia, Eric manages all business operations in Australia.

Eric RollettGeneral Manager, ADEC Preview