Living out our vision and mission underpins every aspect of BrownFlynn’s work. To make a positive and lasting impact, we partner with our clients to create sustained environmental, social, and economic value. For example, in the past two years, BrownFlynn conducted 24 materiality assessments; 45 G4 reports; and enhanced its subject matter expertise in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and rankings to help clients consistently improve their scores.

Our Vision BrownFlynn aspires to create a world where all companies operate in a manner that enables current and future generations to thrive.
Our Mission BrownFlynn partners with our clients to achieve positive and tangible social, environmental, and economic impact—leading to sustained value.

We reiterate our vision and mission at the start of each quarterly staff meeting to connect our daily work to our business purpose. Additionally, consultants share examples of projects where we positively affected our clients’ businesses so that others, in turn, can learn and influence their clients. We continually challenge our team to share learnings and success stories with colleagues, to innovate new approaches, and to challenge one another to develop new ways to create sustained value through our work.

Ethics and Integrity

“We Are BrownFlynn” embodies our core values. Every employee receives a framed copy to display in their workspace, and we reinforce our values at company meetings and retreats.

BrownFlynn’s operations depend on integrity and ethical business practices. Our Office Policy and Benefit Statement provide every employee with information about our requirements and expectations for employee and business conduct. Significant ethical topics discussed include:

  • Anti-harassment

  • Anti-discrimination

  • Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Duty of Loyalty

With the growing trend of data privacy and security issues for businesses, we monitor and manage how we protect client privacy. We work with our information technology partner to ensure that we properly store client information on our internal server and dispose of e-waste. With each client, we sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements to ensure protection of our clients’ information.

Sustainability Governance

Principals and Co-Founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn lead Firm governance. They oversee the Firm’s strategic direction while setting and driving both the vision and tone of the Firm. The Principals have sole fiduciary responsibility for the Firm’s finances. Further, they both oversee the management of the major activities of the Firm. These include business development and marketing, operations, consulting services, client relations, and internal and external training. Most importantly, Barb and Margie nurture the BrownFlynn culture by trusting and empowering their team, and encouraging a culture of risk-taking that includes innovation and exploration.

Our three Directors support Barb and Margie by providing strategic direction to the Firm, identifying opportunities for growth and efficiency, setting and managing progress against the Firm dashboard, and determining resource capacity while making decisions about hiring needs. As a result, the Firm accomplished the following during the reporting period:

  • Welcomed seven new team members;

  • Instituted a new project management system that has greatly improved Firm efficiency, time management, and resource allocation; and,

  • Improved our Firm dashboard with more specific and attainable goals and performance tracking. The dashboard also drives our business and sustainability strategy.

Principals and Directors meet at least monthly and hold a yearly off-site strategic planning session. The management team shares outcomes of the session with the entire BrownFlynn team at our annual retreat. By strengthening our management team, we have continued to accelerate the Firm’s growth and profitability and contribute to our Firm’s ongoing commitment to client and employee satisfaction.

In This Section

The four material economic topics covered under Partner for Sustained Value…Through Our Work include:

  • Walk the Talk

    Demonstrating subject matter expertise/best practices to clients by having gone through it ourselves (e.g., materiality assessment, GRI/G4 reporting, following a sustainable purchasing policy, etc.).

  • Thought Leadership

    Demonstrating a point of view and expertise on specific sustainability topic areas.

  • Indirect Impact & Influence

    Influencing and impacting clients, the general business community, and communities through BrownFlynn’s services and thought leadership.

  • Economic Performance

    Direct economic value generated and distributed through employee compensation, payments to capital providers or governments (taxes), donations/investments in local communities, and retained earnings; and coverage of the company’s 401(k) “safe harbor” and discretionary contributions.