With great pride, we present our fifth sustainability report, Partner for Sustained Value, produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative and—new this year—aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Covering the 2015-2016 reporting period, this report demonstrates BrownFlynn’s continued commitment to walking the talk as a corporate sustainability and governance consultancy while partnering with clients to achieve positive impact and sustained value.
BrownFlynn hit several milestones during the reporting period, most notably celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2016. During our two decades, we have continually evolved and grown—more than once taking bold leaps ahead of market trends—to make BrownFlynn what it is today. Reflecting on the last two years, several factors contributed to our sustained growth and magnified impact as we:
expanded our team of highly talented people;
welcomed numerous top-brand clients and partners;
re-launched our website to showcase our enhanced service offerings (including—among others—investor engagement, governance, and integrated reporting), training capabilities, and vast resources;
strengthened our thought leadership through increased speaking engagements, webinars, published articles, and social media outlets;
improved our Firm effectiveness and efficiency by implementing policies, procedures, and tools to help us better serve clients; and,
Every five years, BrownFlynn commits to giving back to the community in a bold way. Therefore, in celebration of our 20th year, we published a book titled Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen To Be Women), all net proceeds from which will be donated to the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) Program to support the education of young women transitioning out of foster care. Writing a book has long been on our bucket list, but interviewing 25 influential, accomplished top women executives and capturing their uplifting leadership lessons was a privilege. The book enables readers to “pay it forward” by sharing the lessons with other aspiring and established leaders—female and male. We believe there is no better way to lift up the NIA Program participants’ self-esteem and careers than through a good education and following the valued insights in the book.
BrownFlynn remains steadfast in our mission to create sustained value by meeting clients where they are and continually evolving to meet their changing needs. We will continue tracking the latest trends to help our clients mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities. And, we will seek new ways to walk the talk and demonstrate our expertise in the corporate sustainability and governance field, including refreshing our Firm materiality assessment in 2017 and setting bold sustainability goals.
We extend a special thanks to our BrownFlynn team, valued clients, colleagues, and friends for your support as continue striving to achieve our vision to create a world where all companies operate in a manner that enables current and future generations to thrive. Our work is far from finished, but our resolve to leap further ahead remains unabated. With you, we remain partners in sustained value.
Barb Brown and Margie Flynn
Principals and Co-Founders
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Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.