Sustainability News Briefing Q2 2016
BrownFlynn monitors developments across the sustainability field to keep you abreast of the latest trends and help you:
Your Landscape
BlackRock Recommends ESG Policy Framework With Corporate Disclosure “Safe Harbor”
The Value Proposition for Factoring in ESG
New Study From Calvert Highlights Alpha-Generating Potential, Value of Integrated ESG Analysis
SGX Launches Sustainability Reporting Guide and Rule; Will Provide Training and Tools to Companies
Saving the World with Technology: The Role of Technology in Global Sustainability Efforts
Set Your Direction
Our Planet Needs a Purposeful Private Sector, Confirms UN
Why Cox Is Investing $25 Million in Cleantech Companies and How to Get in on the Action
Report Shows Industrial Sector Prioritizes Sustainability in Design and Operations
UN Global Compact Issues Paper on Making Connection Between Its 10 Principles and Achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals
GM Commits to More Efficient, Electric, and Autonomous Cars
Tell Your Story
Utility Safety: Southwire Launches 2015 Sustainability Report
Reynolds Highlights Commitment to Environment, Youth Tobacco Prevention
GOJO Recognized Once Again by Practice Greenhealth as a Health Care Champion for Change
Fairmount Santrol Releases Its Tenth Annual CSR Report
Interface Recognized for 19th Consecutive Year in 2016 Sustainability Leaders Study
Engage Your Stakeholders
Companies Increasingly Dedicating Sustainability Resources to Supply Chain Functions
Nike Releases Results of Nearly 500,000 Chemical Tests in Its Supply Chain
GM Earns Keystone Leadership Award for Its Partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council
Banks and Sustainability: Why Addressing Stakeholders’ Issues Is Key for Trust
Hilton Partners with WWF to Reinforce Sustainability Pledge
BrownFlynn adapts to evolving market conditions to serve our clients’ needs. See the latest BrownFlynn resources, events, and news below:

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq

BrownFlynn held its Q2 educational webinar in partnership with Nasdaq on June 23 – “What the Reg S-K Concept Paper Really Means for Business.” Special guests included Will Martindale (UN PRI), Daniel Goelzer (Baker & McKenzie), and Adam Kanzer (Domini Social Investments). You can download this and previous webinars from our series from the Resources on our website.

BrownFlynn and WBCSD

As a new member of WBCSD, BrownFlynn was honored to develop and present a session at the 2016 Pathways to Impact conference held in partnership with US BCSD and Yale. The session, Aligning Values: Ratings and Rankings, included perspectives from leaders such as GISR, CDP, SPLC, EcoVadis, and Nasdaq. BrownFlynn is collaborating with WBCSD to develop detailed programing on the subject of ESG ratings and rankings. The initial meeting will be held via webinar in August 2016. Contact us if you are interested in participating in this and future discussions on this topic.

BrownFlynn and Practice Greenhealth

BrownFlynn partnered with Practice Greenhealth (PGH) to conduct an educational webinar for PGH members. The webinar, entitled “Why Sustainability Reporting in Health Care? Stakeholders Heighten Expectations for Increased Transparency” featured expert panelists Susan Vickers (Dignity Health) and Shaun Mickus (Johnson & Johnson). To access a recording of this webinar, please visit our website.

BrownFlynn Publications and Presentations

During the second quarter of 2016, BrownFlynn was busy publishing and presenting on the latest CR/sustainability trends in the field:

BrownFlynn and Integrated Reporting

In his role as Senior Advisor to BrownFlynn, Mike Krzus monitors developments around corporate reporting with a focus on integrated reporting. This entails self-declared integrated reports and related websites, as well as market and regulatory developments in financial, sustainability, and integrated reporting. This also includes notable academic research and publications that provide insights into the quality of corporate reporting and how ESG factors influence stock market performance, cost of capital, and the ability to attract long-term focused investors. Based on such reviews during the second quarter of 2016, these recent publications provide some of the latest insights in the reporting field:

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 Road Show

BrownFlynn was also well traveled during the second quarter, speaking at a range of leading CR/sustainability events, including:

The remainder of the year is looking busy with a range of in-person and online events and presentations. You can see the latest about our upcoming speaking engagements on the Events on our website.

GRI G4 Certified Training

BrownFlynn conducted another successful two-day certified training in June at our offices in downtown Cleveland. Our next open enrollment training will be held on October 6-7, 2016 at Montclair State University. For more information and to register please visit our website.

BrownFlynn Book Project

Our Principals and Co-Founders, Barb Brown and Margie Flynn, are in the home stretch of drafting their book featuring inspirational women leaders. In the months leading up to the mid-December publishing date, we will periodically feature one of the women highlighted in the book.

Today, we are delighted to feature Lisa Sherman, president and chief executive officer of The Advertising Council. The Ad Council is the national non-profit behind the most impactful public service campaigns in the U.S., including Smokey Bear, ‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,’ and the recent viral phenomenon ‘Love Has No Labels.’ In this position Lisa leverages her extensive experience in molding and leading national communications programs with her strong passion for social causes. Lisa harnesses more than 20 years of experience as a leader and innovator in the communications industry. Previously with Viacom, she launched LogoTV, the leading entertainment network aimed at the LBGT community. She has also served as EVP at Hill, Holliday Connors, Cosmopulos, and held a number of executive and senior level marketing, advertising, and operating positions at Verizon Communications. Lisa’s commitment to social good is also evident outside the office where she serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of God’s Love We Deliver and on the Advisory Board of TMI, the consulting arm of She has been recognized with awards including Ad Age’s “Women to Watch 2015” and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC’s Public Service Award in 2016. Lisa is an inductee into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders and a Metzger-Conway fellow at her alma mater, Dickinson College. We thank Lisa for her valued insights and participation in the book, and we look forward to featuring more amazing women in the coming months.

BrownFlynn and EcoVadis

BrownFlynn and EcoVadis, the leader in sustainability ratings for supply chains, have entered into a strategic partnership focused on the North American marketplace. The partnership brings training and consulting services to North American companies to optimize their response to the EcoVadis evaluation, and to improve their sustainability performance and practices. More than 25,000 companies use the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment platform, which provides a rating and scorecard on corporate environmental, social/labor, and ethical practices. The partnership brings BrownFlynn’s expertise in corporate responsibility strategy and sustainability management, reporting, and program implementation to participating companies. The partnership will launch with BrownFlynn leading a series of training workshops aimed at increasing the sustainability capabilities of large corporate suppliers. For more information please read our press release.

BrownFlynn Welcomes Kristin Siepker, Promotes Sarah Corrigan

In early May, BrownFlynn welcomed Kristin Siepker to the team as Senior Office Administrator. Kristin brings more than 10 years of experience in office management, and has successfully facilitated various transitions by adapting to new demands and demonstrating flexibility. Kristin is a jack-of-all-trades who has overseen customer service, planned client events, provided HR support, and implemented marketing campaigns in her previous roles. In her spare time she enjoys time with family, checking out new local restaurants, and working on her house. Welcome Kristin!

We are also pleased to announce that Sarah Corrigan has been promoted to Senior Consultant. Sarah has done great work over the last year managing several key client accounts, and has become our in-house expert on sustainability ratings and rankings. Congratulations Sarah!