Sustainable Development Strategy

Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16, tabled on November 4, 2013, guides the Government of Canada’s sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). Although not bound by the FSDA, the Canadian Human Rights Commission reports on its green procurement initiatives to meet the requirements of Section 7 of the Policy on Green Procurement.
Printing Unit Reduction Target
By March 31, 2014, each department will achieve an 8:1 average ratio of office employees to printing units. Departments will apply the target where building occupancy levels, security considerations, and space configuration allow.
Performance Measure Performance Status
Target status opportunity for improvement
Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units in fiscal year 2010–11, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow. 4:1*
Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units at the end of March 2014, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow. 2011-12 4:1
2012-13 3:1
2013-14 4:1

Strategies and/or Comments

  • Method for Tracking Printing Units: All network-connected devices are traceable in a database; the conversion of stand-alone devices was not completed by March 31, 2013, as planned, due to lack of resources.

*Note: Although the number of printers was reduced, the ratio did not change due to staff reductions.

Paper Consumption Target
By March 31, 2014, each department will reduce internal paper consumption per office employee by 20%. Each department will establish a baseline between 2005–06 and 2011–12, and an applicable scope.
Performance Measure Performance Status
Target status opportunity for improvement
Number of sheets of internal office paper purchased or consumed per office employee in the selected baseline year, according to the departmental scope.  2010-11 11,393
Cumulative reduction (or increase) in paper consumption per office employee in the given fiscal year, expressed as a percentage, relative to the selected baseline year. 2011-12 73%
2012-13 80.2%
2013-14 67%

Strategies and/or Comments

  • As part of its efforts to reduce paper consumption, the Commission implemented default two-sided printing.
  • The Commission is committed to making greater use of electronic formats for distribution of documents and reports.
As of April 1, 2011, each department will establish SMART targets for training, employee performance evaluations, and management processes and controls, as they pertain to procurement decision making.
Training for select employees
Performance Measure Performance Status
Target status achieved
Percentage of new acquisition cardholders who have completed the training in the assessment period 100%
Percentage of materiel managers and procurement personnel who have completed the Canada School of Public Servants Green Procurement training 100%

Strategies and/or Comments

  • All new Acquisition cardholders received training on the requirements for green procurement.
  • A more fulsome training module has been developed and additional training will be given to all acquisition cardholders in the fall 2014.
  • Plans for engagement: All procurement and materiel management professionals received green procurement training as it applies to the materiel life cycle.
Employee performance evaluations for managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel management
Performance Measure Performance Status
Target status opportunity for improvement
Percentage of managers and functional heads that have environmental consideration clauses incorporated into their performance evaluations 33%

Strategies and/or Comments

  • All procurement and materiel management managers will have green procurement terms in their annual performance agreements starting 2014-15.

Management processes and controls

The Commission follows green procurement principles

Performance Measure Performance Status
Target status achieved
Percentage of new computers, monitors and other electronic devices purchased that meet Energy Star certification or equivalent 100%

Strategies and/or Comments

  • Established Green selection criteria for goods (templates CID, RFP, etc.) to ensure environmental considerations are integrated into the procurement process. 

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