Corporate Profile

ADEC Foundation is the advocacy arm of ADEC Innovations, an impact investing company that designs, develops and delivers a comprehensive portfolio of sustainable business solution to meet the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) thrust of the world’s leading organizations.  With access to ADEC Innovations’ industry experience, technology expertise and data management capabilities, ADEC Foundation  promotes the advancement of people and planet by working closely with stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector, civil society, multilaterals, and the United Nations.

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to make an impact in the world by promoting and supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Our mission is to empower both public and private organizations to make better decisions together that will ensure a sustainable future for all.


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.


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


Launch of ADEC Innovations Health Solutions

Board of Directors and Senior Leadership

The Board of Directors oversee the governance of the Foundation’s activities and programmes which include establishing clear policies towards the organization’s growth, programme management, operations, development, and management of finances. They provide the Foundation with their years of experience and their dedication to contribute towards sustainable development.

More ADEC Innovations

ADEC Innovations ESG Solutions

ADEC Innovations (ADEC) 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 helps clients save time, reduce costs, optimize resource use, and drive operational efficiencies in a world where sustainability matters.

With over 10 years of environmental and social sustainability experience, ADEC has offices throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America to ensure we meet our clients’ ever-evolving environmental, social and compliance needs.

ADEC Innovations Environmental Data Services

Through ADEC Innovations Environmental Data Services, we extract business insights from your land sites. We have the second-largest 50-state coverage in the United States among companies providing environmental data for due diligence and environmental risk management.

Providing real-time searching, mapping and delivery of content, we generate business-critical information about a land site using 50 map layers, with data drawn from over 1,500 databases. We use multiple types of data to deliver a better understanding of property value, history and risk.  With a complete array of environmental data services and solutions, we place you in a position of informed advantage.

ADEC Innovations Knowledge Management

ADEC Innovations is a key player in learning and development and the educational services industry.  We bring customized learning solutions that facilitate an effective learning process for learners in both academic and corporate settings. 

For our partner schools, we have the right educational solutions designed to boost learner engagement and help achieve learning goals. And for our corporate clients, we have a wide array of corporate training services that lead to optimized use of time, money and resources. Many of our services are done online, which means they are faster, cheaper and more convenient for organizations and their stakeholders.

ADEC Innovations Data Management

Whether the data challenges you face are industry-specific issues, time-sensitive outsourcing concerns, or matters of scalability, ADEC Innovations has the custom data management solutions you need to ensure that you maximize the benefits and insights you extract from your data.

When data management systems are not properly designed to meet the needs of a company, they are unable to fully interpret and translate financial and other types of data they collect into actionable insights.  Moreover, reducing costs from wasteful inefficiencies in your processes is crucial to business success because a profitable enterprise requires a healthy bottom line.

ADEC Innovations Health Solutions

The broad range of our portfolio serves all facets of the healthcare revenue cycle, from patient data enrollment to more complex medical coding and claims processing, including analytics and other knowledge process management services for the health industry. Through our technology platforms and software IP, we provide valuable support to practitioners, allowing them to focus on their most important priority–premium patient care.