BrownFlynn provides industry-specific CR content in course and conference settings, benchmarking, and group workshop activities to leverage the collective knowledge of an industry to prompt action.


BrownFlynn provides customized sessions for industry groups who want professional development alongside objective facilitation of group conversation. Our team of analysts can provide targeted benchmarking to supplement the business case for sustainable business or industry-specific guidance and metrics from frameworks like GRI, Bloomberg, and SASB™. BrownFlynn also provides training, facilitation, and guidance during the launch of a new committee, or inspire a new strategy through an overview of the current sustainability landscape.

Industry Conferences

Conference attendees gain professional development and inspiration through pre-conference workshops, or get expert perspective through BrownFlynn’s keynote and panel participation. View more at Conference Attendees.

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Related Content
  • “What Matters and Where: Managing Sustainability in the Healthcare Sector.” A whitepaper authored by BrownFlynn and Trucost.VIEW WHITEPAPER
  • “CSR, ESG, and SRI: the ABCs of Today’s Non-Financial Reporting.” A BrownFlynn presentation with Nasdaq, Northern Trust, and Cardinal Health for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Annual Conference. (June 2015) NIRI members can log in to access our videotaped session below.VIEW SESSION
  • 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. Check back 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.


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