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Training Overview
Sustainability & GRI Courses
Schedule & Registration

Below are our upcoming training courses. Please keep checking back for updates.


The Open Enrollment Courses are instructor-led, in-person seminars covering the Global Reporting Initiative's sustainability reporting framework so it is comprehensible and applicable to any company or organization in attendance. Participants benefit from our trainers' hands-on experience with GRI and by sharing learning and experiences with other attendees.

G4 GRI Certified Sustainability Reporting (Two-day)

This two-day, GRI certified program provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of reporting their environmental, social and economic policies--a practice which often establishes or enhances a company's sustainability strategy--according to the G4 Reporting Guidelines. $1,550 standard registration, discounts may apply.

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Open EnrollmentG4 GRI Certified Sustainability ReportingApril 23-24, 2014WBCSD US
Washington, DC

1500 K Street NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005


The GRI G4 Snapshot (Executive Training)

This four-hour session provides an overview of the GRI process, including the business case for sustainability reporting and tools to help navigate the GRI G4 guidelines. This course will explore ways to utilize the G4 framework regardless of whether your company intends to publish a GRI report.

Please check back for dates/locations!


BrownFlynn offers a variety of webinars on important topics related to sustainability, corporate responsibility, reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative.

G4 and SASBTM - Should you put all your eggs in one basket?

During this webinar, you will think through the ways your company can utilize two important, but differing approaches to materiality - the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Framework and the Sustainability Accounting Standards BoardTM Standards.

Together we will:
  • Identify the origins and purposes of the GRI G4 and SASBTM materiality approaches
  • Clarify the multiple definitions of materiality being used
  • Explore the G4 materiality process through practical application
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of using GRI G4 and SASBTM
  • Facilitate a conversation about how companies develop strategies for adopting one or both frameworks

Please note that this course is not certified by GRI or SASBTM and that BrownFlynn has no formal relationship with SASBTM.

Space is limited so register today!

G4 Overview Course*

BrownFlynn's G4 Overview Course is a 1-1/2 hour webinar on-demand that provides the key attributes of G4 for those who are already familiar with the GRI G3 & G3.1 frameworks.

This webinar is NOT a GRI-Certified course; it is a custom, BrownFlynn webinar that tracks the key changes from G3 to G4 for current GRI reporters. The course was originally designed to bring BrownFlynn clients and consultants up to speed on the technical revisions that will impact the way U.S. GRI reporters will need to approach the reporting process. BrownFlynn will offer GRI-certified G4 content during our 2-day GRI Process courses and during our GRI-Certified Bridging Modules later this summer.

The G4 Overview Course contains:

  • Overview of the G4 changes by topic
  • Synthesis of what's brand new and required
  • G4 format differences for usability

Those who purchase this webinar will receive a 90-day login for viewing the webinar and a .pdf version of the slides for use in your own presentation materials.

BrownFlynn clients:  You get this webinar for free!  Contact Anita Zak ( for login details.

Open Enrollment:
G4 Overview Course On Demand Online-only Purchase >

*Please note, this is NOT a GRI-certified course. This is a custom BrownFlynn webinar designed to synthesize the key changes from G3.1 to G4, originally designed to bring BrownFlynn clients and consultants up to speed on how G4 will change the way U.S. GRI reporters will need to approach the reporting process.

Line by Line: The Indicator Course (2 hours each)

Originally aired on May 7-10, 2012, BrownFlynn goes line by line through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) disclosures, providing examples, resources and explanations of each. The Line by Line series is designed for Corporate Responsibility or Sustainability practitioners who are tasked with gathering information for a GRI report. BrownFlynn's GRI experts provide explanations, best practices and examples of the GRI Indicators, Governance & Profile Disclosures.

Each webinar is two hours. Watch one or all four.

This course covers GRI's Environmental performance indicators that assess an organization's impacts on living and non-living natural systems, including ecosystems, land, air, and water. Environmental Indicators cover performance related to inputs (e.g., material, energy, water), outputs (e.g., emissions, effluents, waste), biodiversity, environmental compliance and the environmental impacts of products and services.

Human Rights, Society & Product Responsibility Disclosures
This session covers GRI's Human Rights performance indicators that assess the impacts and activities an organization has on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural human rights of its stakeholders. Among the human rights issues included are nondiscrimination, gender equality, freedom of association, collective bargaining, child labor, forced and compulsory labor, and indigenous rights. GRI's Society performance indicators, designed to assess the impacts organizations have on the local communities and other social institutions. The Society issues include corruption, public policy, anti-competitive behavior and compliance. Within GRI's Product Responsibility Performance Indicators are aspects of products and services that directly affect customers such as healthy local community engagement, impact and safety, and development programs.

Economic, Labor Practices & Decent Work Disclosures
The economic dimension of sustainability concerns the organization's impacts on the economic conditions of its stakeholders and on economic systems at local, national, and global levels. The Economic Indicators illustrate flow of capital among different stakeholders and main economic impacts. Labor Practices & Decent Work performance indicators include employment, labor/management relations, occupational health and safety, training and education, diversity and equal opportunity, and equal compensation for women and men.

Governance & Profile Disclosures
The GRI Profile disclosures provide information that sets the overall context for understanding organizational performance such as its strategy, profile and governance. Profile disclosures reveal trends about the company's overall structure, the internal controls the company has in place and critical information about the report itself.

Open Enrollment:
$250 each or
$675 for all four
The Indicator Webinar Series On Demand Online-only Purchase >


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"The Nance College of Business, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, would like to convey our congratulations to BrownFlynn on your 15th anniversary and the successful implementation of the largest Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified training in the world. We are proud to have been a training partner on this exciting initiative. It was impressive and inspiring to see the level of engagement that the students demonstrated throughout the two-day training. We have received very positive input from the program participants and we appreciated the opportunity to partner with BrownFlynn to prepare tomorrow's leaders for a more sustainable future."
Collette Taddy Hart
Director, Outreach & Business Centers
Nance College of Business
Cleveland State University



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