As a corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, we are committed to the preservation of our planet. We understand the impacts we have on the environment and recognize that natural resources are finite. Given our size as an organization, our direct environmental impact is limited and environmental topics did not rise to the threshold of materiality; nevertheless, we strive to “walk the talk” every day, both individually and collectively as a Firm.
Since our last report, the topic of Transport has become increasingly important internally due to our move to downtown Cleveland. Situated in the central business district has increased our team members’ proximity to the office, train stations, and bus stops. 80 percent of our Cleveland staff now walks, carpools, or takes public transit to work. In 2016, we were honored to receive a bronze award for the Commuter Choice Challenge, as well as the small business prize (see highlight story.) This was a nice improvement from our Honorable Mention in 2015. Our employees appreciate the local transit options and, beginning in January of 2017, we enhanced our benefits package to include pre-tax transit passes, with a firm subsidy, for employees through the Greater Cleveland RTA Commuter Advantage program.
Team members still travel for project kick-off meetings and key milestones during a project, as well as for business development, conference presentations, and BrownFlynn-hosted trainings. However, we conduct meetings via phone or video conference as often as possible to reduce our carbon footprint, and correspond daily via email.
BrownFlynn Wins Commuter Choice Challenge Award
Eighty percent of our headquarter staff takes public transit (train or bus), carpools, or walks to work every day. Because we encourage each other (where possible) to use means of transportation other than driving, BrownFlynn took home the bronze award and the small business prize for the Commuter Choice Challenge. The Challenge is an initiative that was created in 2016 by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and the city of Cleveland to celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation. The Challenge will continue in 2017, and organizations are encouraged to continue supporting employee health and wellness, and more sustainable forms of transportation.
Other Environmental Impacts
Our office environmental policy includes guidance on conserving resources and energy, as well as the purchasing of recycled and post-consumer products from sustainable vendors and suppliers. We recycle all our recyclable waste, and per our office environmental policy, every employee has a recycling bin at their desk that feeds into larger receptacles in our office to capture all paper and plastic waste. When the receptacles are full, our landlord employs a third-party vendor to pick up and process our recyclables.
As a tenant in a large multi-office facility, we do whatever possible to conserve electricity, heat, air conditioning, and water. Because we lease our office space, and are in a historic property, there are limits to what we can control. However, we regularly engage with our landlord to discuss ways to maintain the office as efficiently as possible, and control those aspects that we can such as replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LED bulbs when replacements are needed.
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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
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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.