Corporate Profile

ADEC Innovations advances sustainable practices around the world, and helps organizations responsibly grow and operate. Seamlessly delivering fully integrated, cost-effective consulting, data management and software solutions, ADEC Innovations helps clients save time, reduce costs, optimize resource use, and drive operational efficiencies in a world where sustainability matters.

With over 30 years of environmental and social sustainability experience, ADEC Innovations has offices throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America to ensure we meet our clients’ ever-evolving environmental, social and compliance needs.





James "Jim" Donovan and Carol Esguerra found JICA. The company is established to cater to the real estate industry, later becoming a leading provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions.


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 with 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.


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


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.


American Data Exchange enters a joint venture with First American, 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.


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.


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


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.


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 Solutions acquires Enverity Corporation, a company which provides web-enabled business-management software.


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 supply chain scoring partner.

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


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.


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.


FirstCarbon Solutions launches East Coast offices in the United States.

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.


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 collaboration among UNOSCC's 131 member countries.

Partners and Affiliations

ADEC Innovations' Global Partner Program consists of contractors and companies that specialize in energy data management, environmental services, sustainability solutions and other business support services. If you're a private contractor, a consultancy firm, a software vendor or a professional group seeking to expand your services or update your solutions to meet market dynamics and demands, our programs help create new revenue streams for energy efficiency and environmental advocacy.

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If you're looking for assurances that your sustainability and energy solutions partner takes advantage of certified business practices, look no further. ADEC Innovations, has access to industry certifications and accreditations acknowledging our commitment and adherence to recognized best practices.

Management Team

ADEC Innovations is comprised of experts in environmental, sustainability, software, data, and energy management, who collaborate with clients to develop the solutions that drive the highest return on investment.

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

James DonovanGlobal CEO

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

Carol EsguerraChief Financial Officer

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With over 25 years of senior management expertise in the fields of information services and analytics, Sondra brings strong, dynamic, and decisive leadership to ADEC Innovations. She has direct experience leading and growing cutting-edge companies and continues to support ADEC as we strive towards our vision.

Sondra ScottCEO, U.S. and Europe

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

Patrick SchultzSenior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


With experience as a technology leader, architect, and engineer, Dan has spent more than 20 years developing high quality software solutions, building scalable website applications, and driving growth and innovation by managing teams across the globe.

DAN IORGChief Information Officer

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Responsible for ensuring high quality, cost-effective project delivery, Mary brings more than 20 years of experience in land use planning in both the public and private sectors, and specializes in streamlining the environmental process through careful scrutiny and tailored analyses to produce concise and defensible documents.

Mary Bean, AICPEnvironmental Planning Project Director, Northern California

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With more than 26 years of experience, Jason has been providing his knowledge and expertise in planning, environmental impact assessment and public policy analysis for major corporations, attorneys, various business entities, and state, regional and local jurisdictions throughout California and the western United States.

Jason BrandmanEnvironmental Planning Sales Director

Jennifer M. Guenther, Esq. Photo

Jennifer ensures that the company maintains the highest level of quality and standards while assisting clients in developing sustainable business practices that allow organizations to grow and operate, improve environmental compliance, and boost their bottom line.

Jennifer M. Guenther, Esq.General Counsel/Director

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With 20+ years conducting environmental investigations, preparing environmental impact analyses, and securing environmental permits and approvals on behalf of private and public clients, Kerri evaluates evolving regulatory and sustainability needs, implementing teams for maximum efficacy, and streamlining client processes.

Kerri TuttleSenior Director, Sales/Operations and Environmental Services


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.


More ADEC Innovations

A Plus Languages

A-Plus Languages offers easily accessible and high-quality online language education, with programs that include the most spoken languages around the world – Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and English. Learners get to experience international culture as they practice without having to leave their classrooms. Our teachers ensure that the language skills taught are at native or near-native levels of proficiency.

ADEC Technology

ADEC Technology offers end-to-end development solutions ranging from initial application development, to delivery and application support and maintenance.

ADEC Technology combines multidisciplinary expertise in delivering business solutions, program management and software services with expertise in back-office data processing to deliver cost-effective energy, sustainability and supply chain solutions to diverse organizations across the globe. ADEC Technology specializes in enabling clients to leverage the power of outsourcing to overcome challenges and achieve tangible, measurable results.

ADEC Kenya

ADEC Kenya is an expert in bringing cost-effective onshore and offshore BPO solutions globally. ADEC Kenya foresees continuous growth and development in the outsourcing industry that can help establish Kenya’s place in the global business community. Strategically located south of Kenya’s central business district, ADEC Kenya has become a trusted business partner and one of the leading outsourcing pioneers in the country and in the African continent.

ADEC Preview

ADEC Preview is one of Australia's leading innovative document scanning and document archiving companies, providing a vast range of document outsourcing services for companies seeking new ways to achieve higher performance by reducing costs. 

With 25+ years’ industry experience, ADEC Preview fulfills your every digitization requirement.


ADEC SAAS has a proven, successful track record for delivering technology and data management solutions throughout global supply chains. ADEC SAAS has supported numerous scoring programs, including CDP and developing and implementing the ZDHC Data Standards across 12 countries. 

ADEC SAAS excels in programs that are focused on making a difference where innovation and collaboration intersect with the need for data management, technology and subject matter expertise.

ADEC Solutions

The importance of documents and records is critical to healthcare organizations. What sets ADEC Solutions apart is 20+ years’ industry experience coupled with a wide range of outsourcing services that make document processing and archiving processes more efficient and cost-effective. ADEC Solutions’ teams of highly trained and security-cleared staff, along with the latest scanning equipment and technologies available, deliver the highest quality output in the shortest possible turnaround.


With industry knowledge and proven experience in outsourcing, American Data Exchange (AMDATEX) is a market leader that empowers partners to focus on their core business.

AMDATEX increases efficiencies and improves your overall business operations. Deploying certified best practices using the most advanced technology for digital data capture, character recognition, data conversion, database creation and archiving, AMDATEX partners with you to develop and implement customized outsourced solutions.

BPO Asia Institute

BPO Asia Institute (BAI) is answering the call of the education sector and corporations.

Quality training modules and courses built on a powerful platform have become a necessity. This is just one of the many things BAI can help organizations with.

With a pool of education, ICT and subject matter experts, BAI provides expert eLearning Solutions suited for specific needs.


Envirosite Corporation provides outsourced environmental data and research solutions to help identify existing or potential environmental concerns through the interactive WorkBench platform.

Envirosite is the only real-time advanced technological platform available offering the flexibility for data customization to meet your unique needs. Envirosite optimizes and revolutionizes the way environmental engineers and consultants, financial lenders and insurance companies receive and use data.


With over 30 years’ experience, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) provides sustainability solutions that meet clients’ ever-evolving environmental and compliance needs in energy, air and carbon management; environmental assessments and planning; supply and life cycle assessments; permitting and compliance; software and data processing. FCS assists clients in achieving the delicate, sometimes elusive, balance between the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ongoing use, growth and development.


GOAL empowers its members to meet the growing education and training needs of the distance learning communities.

GOAL shares knowledge, builds best practices and pursues the promotion of policy to set standards and improve understanding among members and professionals engaged in distance and e-learning.

Disseminating research and collaborating with global institutions, government agencies, educational institutions and organizations form the support that is shared among members and affiliates.

Pharma KPO

Pharma KPO offers a wide range of services, from high-end drug discovery research and clinical trials, to market research and analytics, and training content creation on diverse topics.

PharmaKPO has 10+ years’ experience in outsourced medical and drug information project management. The company applies its expertise to provide support to organizations around the world so they can focus on their core competency – to cure the world's deadliest diseases.

Silay BPO

Silay BPO is a member of the Data Management Division of ADEC Innovations, providing back-office business process management services to global clients and alternative employment opportunities to the local community. It is an expanding, 1000 square-meter facility nestled in a 20,000 square-meter plot of land that houses more than 200 employees performing data research and encoding, as well as database maintenance for some of ADEC Innovations' biggest global clients.