We love our headquarter offices. In many ways, it’s because the space reflects the personality of BrownFlynn.

We occupy the 36th floor of Cleveland’s landmark Terminal Tower; the very same space the Van Sweringen brothers occupied after they built the Tower and its innovative “city within a city” complex. Both pragmatic and innovative for the time, they understood the value of having offices near shops, restaurants, hotels, and public transportation. These physical attributes drew us to this space; but it was our common belief that pragmatism and innovation can coexist that sold us. Practically, this means the vast majority of our team walks to work or uses public transportation. For our out-of-town associates and clients, they can hop on the rapid transit from the airport and arrive at Terminal Tower in less than 20 minutes. Once off the elevator, the surroundings inspire our creativity and innovation on behalf of our clients. We do this by honoring and learning from history, admiring and appreciating modern amenities, and admiring the people, land, and water we aim to help sustain and thrive.

Walking in, visitors are reminded of days gone by—when a bigger office meant a bigger job. The very setting of dark paneling and high ceilings conveyed professionalism, confidence, and the right to offer an opinion, and offer it assertively. BrownFlynn is proud to embody these characteristics with a modern twist infusing bright colors to make the atmosphere fun and approachable. Take our conference rooms for example, aptly named, “Top Shelf”, “With a Twist”, “On the Rocks”, and “Straight No Chaser.” Who occupies those big offices formerly housed by one executive? Up to eight of our associates, some who choose to sit, others who take turns at standing desks, but all who enjoy an incredible 360-degree view of our beautiful city. The Principals? In the former secretaries’ offices.

Our Space: Then & Now

Then: Lobby 1948 / Now: Lobby
Then: Large Conference Room 1947 / Now: Top Shelf Conference Room
Then: Secretary’s Office 1947 / Now: Margie’s Office
Then: Hallway 1948 / Now: Hallway Toward Barb’s Office
Then: Large Office 1947 / Now: Large Workroom

Historic 36th floor photos courtesy of the Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society.


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.