ABOUT

Chris Helscher
Associate Consultant

As an Associate Consultant at BrownFlynn, Chris brings his passion for connecting strategy to day-to-day operations and understanding an organization’s sustainability journey to help his clients find their unique voice in the sustainability landscape.

Prior to joining BrownFlynn, Chris studied sustainability, marketing, and strategy during his MBA program at Case Western Reserve University. During the program, Chris studied the impact of sustainability reporting and auditing on a firm’s cost of capital and worked with community development centers to promote energy efficiency programs in Cleveland-area suburbs.

Chris honed his research, analytical, and communications expertise in marketing roles in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and publishing industries. Chris also leverages experience as a strategy execution and employee engagement facilitator and consultant to engage all levels of an organization in sustainability. By applying design- and systems-thinking, Chris breaks down complex issues into manageable programs, sets inspiring goals, and maximizes the impact of his clients’ sustainability efforts internally and externally.

Now in his third tour of duty in Ohio, you can find Chris vicariously living out his NHL dreams through his fantasy hockey team, or at one of Greater Cleveland’s many ice rinks actually playing hockey. Chris and his wife, Rachel, are proud pet parents of two cats and one spoiled puggle.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • M.B.A. with focus in Sustainability, Marketing, and Strategy, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

  • B.S. in Business and Technology Management, Clarkson University

  • Completion of GRI-Certified Standards Training

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Effect of Sustainability Reporting and Auditing on a Firm’s Cost of Capital,” conditionally accepted for publication in the British Food Journal

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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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Name of the organization
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Primary brands, products, and services
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Location of organization’s headquarters
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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
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Nature of ownership and legal form
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Markets served
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Scale of the reporting organization
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Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
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Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
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Description of the organization’s supply chain
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Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
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Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
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Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
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Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
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Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
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Process for defining report content
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Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
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For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
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For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
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Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
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Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
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List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
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The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
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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
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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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Reporting period
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Date of most recent previous report
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Reporting cycle
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Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
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‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
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Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
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Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
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The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
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Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
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Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
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Financial assistance received from government.
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Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
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Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
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Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
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Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.