Sustainability and business school programs trust BrownFlynn to provide consulting case studies, market trends, and practical guidance for today’s CR practitioner. As a part of our community giving, we often provide these services free of charge where timing and capacity allows.

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Course Format Description
Introduction to Sustainability Custom Learn the various meanings of terms such as “sustainability,” “corporate responsibility,” and “corporate citizenship.” Participants will receive an overview of the basic concepts and learn about the evolution of sustainability management.
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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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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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.
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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Interactive Design Custom Learn why online reporting is more accessible, engaging, and measurable than stand-alone print reports.

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BrownFlynn Lights Up Times Square

Early in September 2017, BrownFlynn and Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to Be Women), a book written by the firm’s Co-Founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, lit up the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower in Times Square. The book captures insights and stories of 25 of the nation’s most accomplished and influential women in business—including Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq, on how they empower and uplift others as they seek to progress in their lives and careers. In recognition of BrownFlynn’s 20th anniversary, all net proceeds of the book will be donated to the YWCA Greater Cleveland to “uplift” and support the education of young women transitioning out of foster care.

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

In April 2017, BrownFlynn was 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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BrownFlynn and Sustainserv Form Strategic Partnership;
Strengthens Sustainability Expertise and Geographic Reach

In October 2016, 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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RESOURCES

Shift Happens

Check out Shift Happens, BrownFlynn’s monthly GreenBiz column focusing on sustainability and organizational change.

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EVENTS

Professional Development

In need of the latest professional development in the sustainability field? BrownFlynn offers a wide range of webinars, trainings, and speaking engagements.

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