Sustainability News Briefing Q3 2016
BrownFlynn monitors developments across the sustainability field to keep you abreast of the latest trends and help you:
Your Landscape
Investor Demands on Climate Change Get More Support
SEC Urged to Strengthen ESG Reporting Requirements
From Now On, Every Government Agency Will Have to Consider Climate Change
Set Your Direction
Why Setting Science Based Targets Matters
Why Starbucks Issued Its First ‘Sustainability’ Bond
Why CFOs Need to Consider Sustainability
Tell Your Story
DJSI 2016 Announced Including Baxter, GM, RAI, and Nasdaq
Apple’s Diversity and Inclusion Report Offers Lessons for All Brands
Southwire Launches 2015 Sustainability Report
Engage Your Stakeholders
Microsoft Joining China’s Cybersecurity Council Paves the Way for Better Relations Between the Two Largest Internet Markets
Diversity Efforts Fall Short Unless Employees Feel That They Belong
Tesla and Solar City Agree on $2.6 Billion Deal
BrownFlynn adapts to evolving market conditions to serve our clients’ needs. See the latest BrownFlynn resources, events, and news below:

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq Webinar Series

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq will host their third quarterly webinar titled “Materiality Workshop: How to Conduct a Sustainability Assessment” on September 28th at noon EST. Our experts include Cora Lee Mooney (Director of Learning for BrownFlynn) and Bruce Klafter (Vice President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility for Flex), along with Evan Harvey (Nasdaq) and Mike Wallace (BrownFlynn). For more information and to register please visit our website.

BrownFlynn and WBCSD Webinar Series

As Chair of the WBCSD’s new ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group, BrownFlynn convened the second meeting to help inform working group members on the state of the field. The web-based meeting, entitled “Navigating the Rapidly Evolving ESG Ratings & Rankings Landscape” was held on September 8th. Expert panelists included GISR, RepRisk, and EcoVadis. Download the recorded webinar and slides.


Check out our August GreenBiz blog post titled “Integrated Reporting As a Strategic Initiative” written by BrownFlynn Senior Advisor Mike Krzus. Stay tuned for a piece written by Principal & Co-Founder Barb Brown to be featured in an upcoming issue of Ethisphere Magazine.

BrownFlynn ESG Trends Tracker℠

Management of ESG (or corporate responsibility and sustainability) issues is fast becoming table stakes for U.S. companies. As news and sources proliferate, how can your team stay on top of the most relevant information with limited time and resources? Let BrownFlynn keep its finger on the pulse of what is most relevant to your company and industry. Subscribe to our custom ESG Trends Tracker for a monthly snapshot of the information you need, in one place, summarized specifically for you. For more information please contact Jennifer Klie.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

BrownFlynn will be busy this fall on the speaking engagement circuit, speaking and attending the following conferences:

  • University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium conference (Madison, WI)
  • Society of Corporate Governance, Ohio Chapter meeting (Cleveland, OH)
  • USGBC’s Annual GreenBuild conference (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Michigan Green Healthcare conference (Kalamazoo, MI)
  • Legal Netlink Alliance fall general meeting (Cleveland, OH)
  • Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association fall symposium (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Companies vs. Climate Change (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – Valued client TD Bank is the Founding Sponsor and a partner for this conference, and Head of Environmental Affairs Joe Doolan will participate in several expert panel discussions throughout the conference.

For more information about these conferences please visit our website.

GRI G4 and EcoVadis Training

In July we announced our partnership with EcoVadis, allowing us to offer several unique training options for GRI G4 and EcoVadis Questionnaire training. We will be conducting training at Montclair State University on October 5–7, 2016—discounts are available for registrants who opt to combine GRI and EcoVadis training, as well as early bird pricing. For more information and to register for training please visit our website.

BrownFlynn Book Project

As Principals and Co-Founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn are putting the finishing touches on their book, we want to feature another one of our powerful women, Carla Harris. Carla is Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. Not only is she an accomplished financial executive, but a noted author and well-respected gospel singer. To learn more about Carla and our other amazing interviewees, please visit our website.