For BrownFlynn to make a positive and lasting impact, we must work through our clients to enhance their environmental, social, and economic performance. In 2014, BrownFlynn refined our vision and mission statements, shortening them and shifting their focus to the impact of our work. These concise statements provide our sightline to sustainable development.

Original Current
Our Vision BrownFlynn commits to create a world in which all companies operate in a manner that provides for the freedom of current and future generations’ ability to prosper. BrownFlynn aspires to create a world where all companies operate in a manner that enables current and future generations to thrive.
Our Mission BrownFlynn’s holistic and balanced approach to business strategy and culture transformation creates positive and tangible social, environmental and economic impact. The Firm’s team of expert consultants partners with clients to change the lens through which they view their people, communities, environment, and business. By integrating the principles of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into the very core of their organization, BrownFlynn’s clients achieve profitability, innovation and collaboration at levels never before seen. 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 monthly 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 can learn and influence their clients in turn. For example, BrownFlynn guided Southwire Company, LLC through its materiality assessment, which helped Southwire define the “critical few vs. the important many” areas in which to focus. Additionally, Southwire pointed to its first GRI G4 report during due diligence in the company’s acquisition of an ABB plant in July 2015, using the online report rather than its corporate website to demonstrate the “best representation of Southwire as a company.” Another BrownFlynn client, Forest City, began reporting publicly in 2012. Over the subsequent four-year period, Forest City saw an increase in the number of ESG indices, ESG investors, and its MSCI ESG Rating.

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 participate in and 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.

During the reporting period, the Principals made succession management a priority. To that end, the Principals added two Directors to its roster. In addition to our long-standing and valued Director of Operations, Jennifer Klie, the Firm promoted Cora Lee Mooney to Director of Learning, and hired Mike Wallace as its Managing Director. Together, the three Directors:

  • Set strategic direction within their defined responsibility areas

  • Identify opportunities to drive Firm growth and efficiency

  • Set and manage progress against the Firm’s dashboard

  • Determine resource capacity and make decisions about hiring needs

  • Identify, vet, and secure partnership and vendor relationships

  • Collaborate to ensure cross-functional decision-making

  • Manage operational processes

  • Oversee new business development

  • Drive market presence and innovation for ongoing differentiation

  • Inspire and motivate the team

Principals and Directors meet monthly (and more frequently as necessary) 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 accelerated the Firm’s growth and profitability and contributed to our firm’s ongoing commitment to client and employee satisfaction.

Historically, BrownFlynn frequently turned to its External Advisory Council to advise the Principals on the Firm’s business and service offerings. Today, thanks to the strength of BrownFlynn’s management team, the Principals use external advisors more expeditiously and on an ad hoc basis. BrownFlynn thanks the members of its External Advisory Council for their continued support.

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The four material economic topics covered under Sightline to Sustainable Development 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.