2016-17 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The 2013–16 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Canadian Human Rights Commission supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities described in this supplementary information table. 

2. Our Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s actions in support of Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. The report for 2016–17 presents a high level overview of results and is the final report under the 2013–16 FSDS. Last year’s report is available on the departmental website.

3. Departmental performance highlights

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, the Canadian Human Rights Commission contributed to the 2013–16 FSDS through three implementation strategies for Goal 7: waste and asset management.

FSDS goal  FSDS target   FSDS performance indicator FSDS performance results 
Goal 7: waste and asset management
Reduce waste generated, and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle.
Target 7.2: green procurement
As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.

Yes
[March 31, 2017] 

Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course, in fiscal year 2016–17.

3 (100%)

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2016–17. 1 (100%) 
By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges are recycled at end of life. Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question. 100% 
By March 31, 2017, 95% of copy paper, commercial printing, and/or envelope purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production. Dollar value or volume of copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelope purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelope purchases in the year in question. 96% 
Annual amount spent on copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelopes. $23,372.76 
By March 31, 2017, 90% of IT hardware purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment. Dollar value or volume of IT hardware purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all purchases for IT hardware in the year in question. 100% 
Annual amount spent on IT hardware. $223,331.80 
Implementation Strategy Element Performance Level Achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement. Achieved
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers. Achieved