a measure of increased accountability and decreased corruption in which a business reports on its ethics and performance results through accessible publication of the business’ practices and behavior; there is a strong movement to increase it within business processes via independently-verified corporate responsibility reporting
FOR Our BUSINESS
Michael is a sustainability and governance expert with a focused specialization on how financial markets, regulators and large supply chains are addressing climate change and sustainability. He has served as a strategy and communications advisor to leading Fortune 200 companies and organizations across sectors including food, consumer products, healthcare, technology, financial services, media and materials.
Michael’s practice is focused on opportunities, challenges and best practices related to sustainability performance measurement and reporting, global supply chain management, regulatory compliance, and leading edge methods of communication and branding. Michael frequently writes and speaks on emerging sustainability topics, which include a specialized form of enterprise-wide footprinting for the healthcare sector. He is a regular contributor to the American Bar Association (ABA) and a co-author of the forthcoming book Managing Climate Change: A Guide to Required and Voluntary Actions. Michael’s work has been cited by the Harvard Business School, Austin Business Journal and Greentech Media.
- University of Texas School of Law’s Non-Practicing Alumni Advisory Council, Member
- PeopleFund, Loan Committee
- White Bird Montessori School, Advisory Board
- Author, “Modern Due Diligence: Challenges and Opportunities in the Green Economy”, American Bar Association Environmental Disclosure Newsletter, 2009
- Author, “The Eco-Health Footprint: A Guide to Measuring Your Organization’s Environmental and Health Impacts”, The Global Health and Safety Initiative, 2009
- Author, “Climate Change: A Guide to Carbon Law and Practice”, Globe Law & Business
- B.S. University of Southern California,
Marshall School of Business
- J.D. University of Texas School of Law
The BrownFlynn ‘Puzzled?’ Making Sense of Sustainability crossword puzzle contest is open to everyone ages 18 and older. Employees of BrownFlynn Ltd and their immediate family and household members of each employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor and/or Administrator’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
2. Sponsor and Administrator
Sponsor: BrownFlynn, 5603 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, OH 44143
The contest begins on December 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on December 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST (the “Contest Period”). Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for this contest.
4. How to Enter
During the Contest period, visit www.bf2012report.com/crossword.php. Then you will be asked to fill out the online entry form completely by providing your legal first and last name as well as valid email address. Participants must complete the entire crossword puzzle in order to successfully submit an entry. Only correct crossword submissions will be qualified for drawing. Limit one correct entry per person, per email address during the Contest Period. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s plays and that participant may be disqualified. Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations, which will be disqualified. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned.
5. Winner Selection
On or about the first of the month, Sponsor will select one (1) entry for the prize in a random drawing of all valid entries received. The entrant will be contacted using the email address provided with the entry and may be awarded the prize (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these rules.) Sponsor’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Contest and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. Prize Winner will be notified by email within five days of the entry selection. Failure to respond to the initial verification e-mail within five (5) days of notification or return of e-mail notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts will result in disqualification.
6. Verification of Potential Winners
Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winners will be notified by email, after the date of random drawing. The potential prize winner will be required to sign and return to Sponsor or Administrator, within ten (10) days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize if applicable. Winning contestant must fill out valid name as appears on driver’s license, birthdate as well as valid home address. Winning contest will also have the option to allow permission for Sponsor or Administrator to release winning contestant’s name and hometown for social media purposes (i.e. Twitter and Facebook). If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner of a Contest prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.
Prizes will vary for each monthly drawing. After proper identification and release form are returned via fax or mail, BrownFlynn with mail the prize to winning contestant.
8. Entry Conditions and Release
By entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, Administrator and/or the Contest judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Contest; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsor and Administrator and each of their respective parents, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the prize suppliers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest and Contest, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Contest, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor and Administrator from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prize.
Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes winners consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
10. General Conditions
Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor and/ or Administrator’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor or Administrator in its sole discretion. Sponsor and Administrator reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
11. Limitations of Liability
The Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest play, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Contest, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor or Administrator, at their discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims.
Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Contest or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate Cuyahoga County Court located in Cleveland Ohio(iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor and Administrator in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Ohio or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Ohio.
13. Entrant’s Personal Information
14. Contest Results
Only winning contestant will be notified. No phone calls. Sponsor may have the right to announce winner’s name via BrownFlynn website or social media platforms including but not limited to; Facebook, BrownFlynn Blog, Twitter.