Sustainability News Briefing Q1 2016
BrownFlynn monitors developments across the sustainability field to keep you abreast of the latest trends and help you:
Your Landscape
As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing
SASB Issues Provisional Sustainability Accounting Standards for Infrastructure Sector
Top Index Funds Showing Significant Interest in ESG
RepRisk Releases the Most Controversial Projects 2015 Report
US Fund Giants Dominate in Sustainability Stakes
Set Your Direction
‘Paradigm Shift’ Propels Edison Energy to Capture Corporate Energy Clientele
Why It’s Time for Boards to Take a Stand on Sustainability
Going Beyond Bottom Line
Getting Chemicals out of Health Care Settings, with a Little Help
GRI, CDP Guidance Helps Companies Report Climate Impacts
Tell Your Story
GE Continues Simplification Push for Investor Docs
Reporting Environmental, Social, and Governance Responsibility: What Message Is Your Company Sending?
Concrete Industry Sustainability Performance Report Published
Tyson Charts Charity Efforts in Second Sustainability Report Segment
NN Group’s 2015 Annual Report: Accelerating Change
Engage Your Stakeholders
Dow Joins 2030 Water Resources Group
SASB Debuts Advisory Partner Program
Davey Awards Arbor Grant Scholarships
A More Socially Responsible SeaWorld Sees Its Stock Soar
BASF’s New Strategy for a Greener Supply Chain
BrownFlynn adapts to evolving market conditions to serve our clients’ needs. See the latest BrownFlynn resources, events, and news below:

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq

In March, we kicked off our 2016 educational webinar series in partnership with Nasdaq, with the topic “Proxy Season and ESG Activism: What Issuers Should Know.” Special guests included US SIF, Global Proxy Watch, and AMD. You can download this webinar, as well any past webinar in our series, from our website. Check back to our website for information on future webinars in this series.

BrownFlynn Publications

Early this year, BrownFlynn was busy authoring timely pieces in mainstream publications and for professional associations. These publications include:

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. Subscribe to our custom trends tracker for a monthly snapshot of the information you need, in one place, summarized for you. For more information please contact Jennifer Klie.

BrownFlynn and Practice Greenhealth

BrownFlynn has partnered with Practice Greenhealth (PGH) to conduct a series of educational webinars in 2016 for PGH members. The first in this series is titled “Why Sustainability Reporting in Health Care? Stakeholders Heighten Expectations for Increased Transparency” and will take place on April 11. Featured panelists include Sister Susan Vickers (Dignity Health) and Shaun Mickus (Johnson & Johnson). For more information please visit the PGH website.

BrownFlynn Road Show

BrownFlynn was also well traveled during the first quarter, speaking at events such as Skytop Strategies’ corporate responsibility forums, VerdeXchange, GreenBiz Forum, Global Ethics Summit, and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship annual conference. The next quarter proves just as busy. Here are some of the places we’ll be:

GRI G4 Certified Training

Our next open enrollment, two-day, certified training will be held on June 15–16 at our headquarter office in Cleveland, Ohio. The GRI Snapshot will be held the morning of June 15. For more information and to register please visit our website.

BrownFlynn Book Project

We’re excited that the chapters of a new book on leadership, authored by BrownFlynn Principals and Co-Founders Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, are coming together. We’re equally excited and honored that KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney has offered her insights for inclusion in the book and agreed to write the book’s foreword. Beth’s personal and unique leadership perspective will serve to enhance and lend credibility to this significant piece of work.

Beth joined KeyCorp in 2006 and has more than 30 years of experience in retail banking, commercial lending, and real estate financing. In 2011, she was named KeyCorp’s Chairman and CEO and became the first woman CEO of a top 20 U.S. bank. She has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business,” and as the #1 “Most Powerful Woman in Banking” for three years in a row by American Banker. Beth is a member of AT&T’s and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s boards of directors, and she serves as chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the largest chambers of commerce in the nation. Thanks to her strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, KeyBank has consistently been recognized by DiversityInc, which sets the national benchmark for excellence in corporate diversity and advocacy.

We sincerely thank Beth for her support on this special project, which will publish in mid-December, and we look forward to featuring several more of the 25 women highlighted in the book in the coming months. Stay tuned!

BrownFlynn Continues to Grow

Recently we welcomed Julianne Potter to our team as an analyst. Julianne brings to the team skills in writing, problem-solving, and analysis with a passion for women in philanthropy. She graduated from the University of Michigan and is a member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland Women’s Leadership Council. Welcome Julianne!