Since our inception almost 20 years ago, BrownFlynn has always been active in demonstrating our expertise and innovation in sustainable business. Principals Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, Managing Director Mike Wallace, and Director of Learning Cora Lee Mooney are sought-after subject matter experts on a wide range of sustainability topics. Our leaders’ activities range from giving individual presentations, to moderating discussion panels and webinars, to conducting workshops at conferences and events around the country.
In December 2014, we entered into a mutual agreement with NASDAQ to conduct quarterly webinars featuring various influential and knowledgeable people in the field of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Mike Wallace chaired two Thought Leadership Councils for the Corporate Responsibility Association, each conducting regular webinars on specific sustainability topics.
Since 2012, we have authored a monthly column on GreenBiz.com entitled Shift Happens, which focuses on sustainability and organizational change. Our team members also contribute to thought leadership pieces for several mainstream publications, including Corporate Secretary and Ethisphere Magazines, and a white paper entitled Getting Materiality Right, published in September 2013.
BrownFlynn develops and issues a quarterly newsletter to keep our clients and colleagues apprised of our various activities at BrownFlynn and to alert our stakeholders to important sustainability news items, trends, and useful tools. From 2013 to 2014, the number of people reached by our quarterly newsletter more than tripled (see table below).
Over the course of the reporting period, we increased our focus on our monthly Shift Happens GreenBiz column to feature client stories and strategic partner accomplishments, writing more whitepapers, and authoring articles in more mainstream publications, compared to our previous focus on our SustainGenuity blog.
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Each year, Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s Superstar Award recognizes exemplary leaders in corporate responsibility, sustainability, and shared value. Industry peers and Corporate Responsibility Magazine staff nominate award recipients. In 2014, Margie Flynn received the Superstar Award for her innovative thinking and leadership.
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In 2014, we recorded nearly two dozen presentations to business groups, several webinars, and reached over 2,000 points of contact. Some well-known events where we presented include:
U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development – seasonal meetings
Automotive Industry Action Group – Corporate Responsibility Summit
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.