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 GRI Standards) 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 Lights Up Times Square

Early in September 2017, BrownFlynn and Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to Be Women), a book written by the firm’s Co-Founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, lit up the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower in Times Square. The book captures insights and stories of 25 of the nation’s most accomplished and influential women in business—including Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq, on how they empower and uplift others as they seek to progress in their lives and careers. In recognition of BrownFlynn’s 20th anniversary, all net proceeds of the book will be donated to the YWCA Greater Cleveland to “uplift” and support the education of young women transitioning out of foster care.



BrownFlynn Launches Fifth Sustainability Report, in Accordance with GRI G4 Guidelines

In April 2017, BrownFlynn was proud to release its fifth sustainability report, Partner for Sustained Value, written in accordance with the GRI G4 Guidelines Core option.



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

In October 2016, 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.



Shift Happens

Check out Shift Happens, BrownFlynn’s monthly GreenBiz column focusing on sustainability and organizational change.



Professional Development

In need of the latest professional development in the sustainability field? BrownFlynn offers a wide range of webinars, trainings, and speaking engagements.