Founded in January 1996, BrownFlynn is a leading corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm. In our early days we provided strategic change management communications services to corporate clients. By 1998, the Firm developed a niche in strategic philanthropy that we referred to as “community relationship management.” Over time, we evolved our offerings and now exclusively advise Fortune 500 and privately held companies on corporate sustainability and governance. BrownFlynn partners with our clients so they can achieve positive and tangible social, environmental, and economic impact—leading to sustained value.

  • We meet our clients where they are. Our commitment is to facilitate conversations, understand your culture, and learn your processes so we are an extension of your team. We respect that you know your business better than we do.

  • Corporate sustainability and governance advisory services are our sole focus. One hundred percent of our business is in this space. We understand and anticipate emerging sustainability trends, stakeholder expectations, reporting frameworks, engagement tools, and best practices to keep our clients ahead of the curve.

  • BrownFlynn is the first U.S.-certified trainer for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We have been training and reporting using the GRI framework (from G2 through G4) since 2005. We use reporting as a management approach rather than reporting for the report’s sake. BrownFlynn is also ideally positioned to help you train and educate your suppliers.

  • We regularly support clients with responses to the leading international standards and reporting bodies, such as GRI, CDP (Climate and Water), RobecoSAM (DJSI), EcoVadis, and a range of the most influential ratings and rankings organizations. Our deep experience allows us to provide you insights into performance and score improvement and identify streamlining opportunities between the various frameworks.

  • Collectively, we are a one-stop shop for materiality assessments, strategy formulation and implementation, reporting expertise, project management, writing, design, development, and production.

  • We seize opportunities to imbue innovation in how we deliver our services to our clients. This results in creative solutions that add value and deliver results.

  • BrownFlynn is a women-owned business and a recognized thought leader in the sustainability industry.


To remind us of our commitment to our clients and one another, BrownFlynn team members proudly display the “We Are BrownFlynn” graphic on their desks to reinforce why we come to work every day.


BrownFlynn aspires to create a world where all companies operate in a manner that enables current and future generations to thrive.


BrownFlynn partners with our clients to achieve positive and tangible social, environmental, and economic impact—leading to sustained value.


BrownFlynn and Sustainserv Form Strategic Partnership;
Strengthens Sustainability Expertise and Geographic Reach

BrownFlynn, a Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, and Sustainserv, a Zurich- and Boston-based corporate sustainability, analytics, and communications firm, have entered into a strategic partnership. The partnership will leverage complementary capabilities to give corporations access to a comprehensive and expanded library of sustainability services in North America, Europe, and Asia.



What Matters and Where: Managing Sustainability in the Health Care Sector

This white paper authored by BrownFlynn and Trucost discusses how to use sustainability as a financial strategy within health care to drive tangible benefits.



Resilience: Leveraging Global Sustainability Initiatives to Your Business Advantage

A BrownFlynn webinar in partnership with Nasdaq, featuring special guest the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.



The ESG Disruption: Don’t Be Left Behind

An article authored by Barb Brown and Mike Wallace, featured in the March issue of IR Update, distributed by NIRI. The article discusses how more investment professionals are taking a longer-term approach and are evaluating companies based on ESG criteria.



A New Normal in Sustainability

An article developed for Directorship, the official magazine for the National Association of Corporate Directors. This article discusses corporations turning sustainability programs into new business opportunities and a competitive advantage.



Mike Wallace Interviewed on Nasdaq Live

As part of Nasdaq’s Sustainability Series, BrownFlynn’s Managing Director, Mike Wallace, is asked to discuss sustainability trends today for companies surrounding ratings & rankings, reporting, and transparency. He also describes BrownFlynn’s ability to lead by example, its client service offerings, ongoing partnerships, and highlight stories.



GRI Transition to Standards

This four-hour session provides an orientation to the newly released GRI Standards. Learn the changes in terminology and features between GRI G4 and the Standards, as well as the benefits of using the Standards for sustainability reporting and how to do so.