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
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change Is Official. Now What?
U.S. Officials Say World Climate‑Change Efforts to Continue Despite Trump’s Views
RepRisk Launches New Corporate Benchmarking Report: the RepRisk Director’s Brief
Set Your Direction
Big Oil CEOs Pledge $1 Billion to
Fund Low-Carbon Technology
GOJO: How We Pioneered Our Chemical Footprint Reduction Target
Banks Without a Stance on Coal Financing See Need to Take One
Tell Your Story
Corporate Sustainability Issues Are Heading to a Vote More Often
New Research Reveals Opportunity, Methods for Engaging Investors on Long-Term Value Creation
Wells Fargo Provides $11.2 Million to Support Diverse-Owned Small Businesses
Engage Your Stakeholders
GRI Unveils New Global Sustainability Reporting Standards
SDGs Becoming More Prominent in Sustainability Reporting, but Challenges Remain
3 Principles for Weaving Sustainability into Communications
BrownFlynn adapts to evolving market conditions to serve our clients’ needs. See the latest BrownFlynn resources, events, and news below:

Shareholder Interest in ESG Continues to Increase

CERES and US SIF, two of the most influential and widely respected organizations involved in responsible and impact investing released their latest trends reports this quarter. US SIF’s 2016 Biennial Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends outlines the growth in dollars and stakeholder interest in responsible investments. In addition, CERES’ continual monitoring and updating of ESG related shareholder resolutions shows the increasing and specific expectations of shareholders well into 2017. Public companies should take note of topics shareholders are interested in and use this information to prepare responses and strategies for 2017 and beyond.

BrownFlynn and WBCSD Webinar Series

As Chair of the WBCSD’s newly formed ESG Ratings & Rankings Working Group, BrownFlynn will convene the final webinar of 2016 to help inform working group members on the state of the field. The web-based meeting, entitled “JUST Capital – A new and unique entrant to the company data and performance rankings field” will be held on December 14th. JUST Capital experts will present their methodology and initial findings, which were released in partnership with Forbes on November 30th. Practitioners fielding ESG questionnaires from external stakeholders are welcome to attend this invite only webinar by contacting Mike Wallace.

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq Webinar Series

BrownFlynn and Nasdaq will host their fourth quarterly webinar titled “Business & Human Rights: How companies are managing human rights risks around the globe” on December 13th at noon EST. Our experts include Ariel Meyerstein of the United States Council on International Business (USCIB) and Paul Lalli of General Electric, along with Evan Harvey (Nasdaq) and Mike Wallace (BrownFlynn). For more information and to register please visit our website.


Check out BrownFlynn’s latest GreenBiz blog posts for Q4: “Cities turn a new leaf to count the ROI of trees”; “3 Principles for weaving sustainability into communications” and “What do your teams need to know about the GRI Standards?”. These and other resources can be found in our GreenBiz column, Shift Happens.

Look out for “On ESG: Play Defense or Offense?”, a piece written by Principal & Co‑Founder Barb Brown to be featured in the December 20, 2016 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 winter on the speaking engagement circuit, speaking and attending the following conferences:

  • GRI Transition to Standards (Cleveland, OH, and San Francisco, CA)
  • National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Orange County Chapter (Irvine, CA)
  • VerdeXchange 2017 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • GreenBiz 2017 (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Global Ethics Summit (New York, NY)
  • GRI Standards Launch (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Roundtable (Washington, DC)

For more information about these conferences please visit our website.

GRI Transition to Standards Training

BrownFlynn is honored to support GRI’s global Transition to Standards tour by co‑hosting the recent Chicago launch event with Northern Trust and our strategic partner, SustainServ. We are also hosting two half-day, private “Transition to Standards” workshops in Cleveland, OH on 12/15 and San Francisco on 1/5. Details of these and other sustainability trainings can be found here.

BrownFlynn Book Project: on the Home Stretch!

Stay tuned for the public launch of our new book, Uplifting Leaders* (*Who Happen to be Women), in early January 2017. In their new book, authors Barb Brown and Margie Flynn share a thoughtful collection of candid insights and advice from 25 of the nation’s most powerful and influential women in business who have succeeded both in the workplace and in life. And, in recognition of BrownFlynn’s 20th anniversary this year, all net proceeds from the book will be donated to the YWCA Greater Cleveland to support the education of young women aging out of foster care through their NIA Program—Nurturing Independence and Aspirations. To learn more about this unique project and the women involved, please visit our website.