We pull from our consulting experience to provide practical tools and guidance for CR practitioners looking to leverage internal and external resources to advance a sustainability program.


Group Workshops

BrownFlynn delivers open-enrollment intensive courses such as our GRI Standards Certified Training course where participants learn from our team of experts as well as their peers. We also provide customized sessions for sustainability teams who want professional development alongside objective facilitation of group conversation.


One-on-One Coaching

Many CR professionals are experienced employees coming from other departments needing an immersion into their new, acronym-filled world of CR, ESG, CDP, and GRI. We provide overview courses for those with no experience and customized immersion training to suit the needs of professionals looking to get started in their new roles.


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training courses
Course Format Description
GRI Transition
to Standards
In-person, 1/2 day This four-hour session provides an orientation to the newly released GRI Standards. Learn the changes in terminology and features between GRI G4 and the Standards, as well as the benefits of using the Standards for sustainability reporting and how to do so. Check back for upcoming training.

GRI Standards Certified Training In-person, 2-day Learn the business case for sustainability reporting, an overview of the GRI Standards, and details on each of the five phases of the “GRI Process.” This course is designed for individuals developing a company’s sustainability report. See below for upcoming training.

The GRI Snapshot In-person, 1/2 day Learn the business case for sustainability, an overview of the GRI Standards, and tools to help navigate the GRI reporting process. See below for upcoming training.

New Sustainability Professional Orientation Custom Get up to speed on industry standards and explore management strategy options in a one-on-one, highly interactive session.
Introduction to GRI Standards Reporting Custom Learn how to approach the GRI reporting process with an overview of the GRI Standards, including a focus on the technical revisions that will impact U.S. GRI reporters, and how to implement some of the more theoretical elements of the GRI Standards such as applying the new definition of boundary and impact. Also learn how to structure a materiality assessment and begin thinking about impact mapping.
The Business Case for Managing Sustainability Custom Learn about recent trends and the business case for managing non‑financial impacts.

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Materiality In Practice Custom Learn the materiality process using the principles from the GRI Standards. This training provides an understanding of practical approaches to materiality and stakeholder engagement, including real-world examples and a chance to hear from experts in the field. We also discuss how materiality evolves from first time reporters to seasoned reporters, and we conduct a materiality exercise so participants can see firsthand how it’s done.
Non-Financial Reporting Frameworks Custom Learn how to think through the ways your company can utilize three important, but differing approaches to materiality—the Global Reporting Initiative’s Standards, the International Integrated Reporting Council Framework, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ Standards.

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Stakeholder Engagement Custom Learn strategies for prioritizing different stakeholders; the benefits of different methods for one- and two-way communication; practical advice for deploying an engagement strategy; and the overall value of stakeholder engagement.
Understanding Boundary Through Impact Mapping Custom Learn how impact mapping can add value to a company-specific materiality assessment and facilitate the move to GRI Standards reporting. BrownFlynn will provide real-world examples and facilitate exercises for CR practitioners to see first-hand how it’s done.
Governance Custom Learn how to integrate measures of accountability into sustainability planning for your organization’s future and enhance management practices through organizational charters, councils, and board oversight.

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Ratings & Rankings Custom Learn how to prioritize and strategize responding to any of the 150+ sustainability ratings and rankings, including budgeting time and resources. This course is designed for those tasked with leading the company’s sustainability strategy and delivers interactive exercises, case studies, and tools for staying on top of the ratings into the future.
Integrated Reporting & Integrated Thinking Custom Learn about global trends that create risks to growth, operating margin, and ESG performance, including points to consider as you formulate your integrated reporting roadmap.

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Employee Engagement Custom Learn how to use your sustainability program to inspire both employees and job-seekers alike—to attract, retain, and equip top talent. Also learn how to engage everyone from the C-suite to the factory floor to be brand ambassadors and share your company’s vision with the wider world.
Line by Line 1–2 days Learn the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) disclosures by going line by line, as our experts provide examples, resources, and explanations of each. The series is designed for corporate responsibility or sustainability practitioners who are tasked with gathering information for a GRI report. This course is also available for any GRI Sector Supplement.
Introduction to CDP Climate Change 2–4 hours Learn recent trends and updates from the CDP Climate Change questionnaire, the business case for doing a CDP Climate Change response and what you need to know to begin planning a CDP Climate Change reporting process.
Introduction to CDP Water 2–4 hours Learn recent trends and updates from the CDP Water questionnaire, the business case for doing a CDP Water response, and what you need to know to begin planning a CDP Water reporting process.
Introduction to DJSI 2–4 hours Learn recent trends and updates from the DJSI questionnaire, the business case for doing a DJSI response, and what you need to know to begin planning a DJSI reporting process.
Interactive Design Custom Learn why online reporting is more accessible, engaging, and measurable than stand-alone print reports.

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EcoVadis Questionnaire Training In-person, 1/2 day This in-person, half-day training is intended for any company responding to the EcoVadis questionnaire. We will provide an overview of EcoVadis, explain EcoVadis’ main scoring principles, and discuss how to use resources provided by EcoVadis. Check back for upcoming training.

NEWS

BrownFlynn and Sustainserv Form Strategic Partnership;
Strengthens Sustainability Expertise and Geographic Reach

BrownFlynn, a Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, and Sustainserv, a Zurich- and Boston-based corporate sustainability, analytics, and communications firm, have entered into a strategic partnership. The partnership will leverage complementary capabilities to give corporations access to a comprehensive and expanded library of sustainability services in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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BrownFlynn Launches Fifth Sustainability Report, in Accordance with GRI G4 Guidelines

BrownFlynn is proud to release its fifth sustainability report, Partner for Sustained Value, written in accordance with the GRI G4 Guidelines Core option.

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RESOURCES

What Matters and Where: Managing Sustainability in the Health Care Sector

This white paper authored by BrownFlynn and Trucost discusses how to use sustainability as a financial strategy within health care to drive tangible benefits.

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RESOURCES

Resilience: Leveraging Global Sustainability Initiatives to Your Business Advantage

A BrownFlynn webinar in partnership with Nasdaq, featuring special guest the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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RESOURCES

The ESG Disruption: Don’t Be Left Behind

An article authored by Barb Brown and Mike Wallace, featured in the March issue of IR Update, distributed by NIRI. The article discusses how more investment professionals are taking a longer-term approach and are evaluating companies based on ESG criteria.

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RESOURCES

A New Normal in Sustainability

An article developed for Directorship, the official magazine for the National Association of Corporate Directors. This article discusses corporations turning sustainability programs into new business opportunities and a competitive advantage.

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EVENTS

Mike Wallace Interviewed on Nasdaq Live

As part of Nasdaq’s Sustainability Series, BrownFlynn’s Managing Director, Mike Wallace, is asked to discuss sustainability trends today for companies surrounding ratings & rankings, reporting, and transparency. He also describes BrownFlynn’s ability to lead by example, its client service offerings, ongoing partnerships, and highlight stories.

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EVENTS

GRI Transition to Standards

This four-hour session provides an orientation to the newly released GRI Standards. Learn the changes in terminology and features between GRI G4 and the Standards, as well as the benefits of using the Standards for sustainability reporting and how to do so.

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