Principal & Co-Founder
Barb is a 25+ year veteran in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Many would say she’s even a pioneer in the industry having founded one of the first consulting firms focused in this now burgeoning field. Known for applying common sense principles, Barb tries to live and lead by these principles. Follow your instincts. Do what’s right. Respect your elders. Honesty is the best policy. Treat people the way you want to be treated. It’s the example she gives the BrownFlynn team and how she expects the team to serve its clients. The team describes Barb as setting the bar high—both for them and the Firm’s clients. By doing so, Barb ensures clients are satisfied while upholding BrownFlynn’s established reputation for delivering sustainable value. Her high expectations allow BrownFlynn to guide its clients to do good, do well, and win—for themselves, their shareholders, their stakeholders, their communities, and, ultimately, the world.
Barb is Principal-in-Charge of several clients, including Cleveland Clinic, Eaton, General Motors, Forest City, KeyCorp and many more. Recognized as an expert in the industry, Barb is a sought after speaker, author, and thought leader. Look for Barb’s blog posts on the Firm’s monthly column on GreenBiz.com called Shift Happens, and, stay tuned for a book she is co-writing with her business partner, Margie Flynn.
Cornerstone Capital, Inc., Global Advisory Committee
Board of Directors, John Carroll University
Global Reporting Initiative, Organizational Stakeholder, 1st U.S. Certified Training Partner, Community Leader
International Association of Business Communicators, “The 500 Club”
National Investor Relations Institute, Cleveland Chapter Officer
U.S. Social Investment Forum, Member and Annual Meeting Committee
United Nations Global Compact, Signatory
The Conference Board Business and Sustainability Conference, organizer and presenter
EcoVadis, U.S. Training Partner
Ethisphere, BELA member, contributing columnist and speaker
Ethisphere, speaker and member of Business Ethics Leadership Alliance
The Conference Board Business and Sustainability Conference, organizer and presenter 2008–2014
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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
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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
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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
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Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
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Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
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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
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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
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Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
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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.