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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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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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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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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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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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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