OIC Sustainable Development Strategy for 2019-20

1. Introduction to the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) adheres to the principles of the FSDS, and while not bound formally by the Act, supports reporting on the implementation of the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

2. Sustainable development in the OIC

The OIC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the organization’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the OIC’s actions pertinent to this goal. Previous years’ supplementary information tables are posted on the OIC’s website.

3. Performance by FSDS goal

The following table provides performance information on the OIC actions in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

Context: Low-Carbon Government

Although the OIC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full sustainable development strategy, the OIC adheres to the principles of the FSDS by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the OIC supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process.

Low-Carbon Government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon

Low-Carbon Government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon

FSDS target(s)

FSDS contributing action(s)

Corresponding action(s)

Starting point(s)
Performance indicator(s)

Results achieved

Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

  • Ensure key officials include contribution to and support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance evaluations
  • Ensure decisions makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement
  • Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls
  • Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement in the current fiscal year (targets: 2 and 100%)
  • Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement (target: 100%)
  • Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question (target: 100%)
  • Ratio of copy paper that contains a minimum of 30% recycled content relative to the total dollar value or volume of all copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelope purchases in the year in question (target: 100%)
  • Percentage of IT purchases that include criteria or clauses which reduce the environmental impact of the product or service being purchased (target: 100%)

All targets met

Green procurement incorporates environmental criteria into purchasing decisions. Procurement agents who are trained to apply such criteria can award contracts to suppliers with a reduced GHG footprint. This is expected to motivate suppliers to reduce GHG emissions associated with their goods, services and supply chains.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Target 12.7)

4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2019–20 reporting cycle, the OIC had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment and no public statements were produced.

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