Kate is an Analyst at BrownFlynn, where she keeps clients informed of global sustainability trends to help craft a careful, well-researched approach to their sustainability priorities and initiatives. As a systems thinker, Kate draws from the evolving connection between theory and practice, and is always collecting new bits of information to improve her understanding of society, business, and individuals.
After a classroom debate about the social responsibility of business, Kate became interested in demonstrating how companies can grow performance through increased attention to non-financial factors such as resource consumption, labor practices, and ethical governance. She led creation of the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders program and served as a consultant to the development of the Ohio University Sustainable Investing Advisory Committee, helping build a vision for student-managed environmental, social, and governance portfolios as an educational opportunity in business schools. Kate also brings experience working in corporate communications and sustainability communications consulting.
Kate believes that a healthy and sustainable society starts with the individual. She enjoys creating and performing music, and is interested in the practice of mindfulness as a powerful tool for improving mental and physical well-being. Her guilty pleasure? Eating banana ice cream and watching chick flicks with Grandma.
B.A. in Business Administration, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College
Completion of GRI-Certified G4 Training
Completion of GRI-Certified Standards Training
Passed GRI G4 Exam
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.