Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS)

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

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 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 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

Although SSHRC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy, SSHRC adheres to the principles of the FSDS.

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

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.
Scope and Context
SSHRC’s approach to implementing green procurement is to focus on the use of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) procurement instruments, the delivery of training to key personnel and the inclusion of green procurement objectives in the performance evaluation of key decision-makers.
Performance measurement

Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014

Achieved
SSHRC has established a green procurement implementation strategy taking into consideration opportunities to:

  • improve management processes and controls;
  • enhance staff awareness of the need to embed environmental performance considerations into all phases of the procurement life cycle
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2014–15

Achieved
Number: 4
Percentage: 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 2014–15

Achieved
Number: 2
Percentage: 100%

Departmental green procurement target
By March 31, 2017, 30% of accommodation stays will take place in establishments that have a high environmental rating (three green environmental keys or higher) based on an industry-recognized tool.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value of accommodation stays that meet the target objective relative to the dollar value of all accommodation stays in the year in question Achieved: 95%
Departmental green procurement target
By March 31, 2017, 90% of vehicles purchased are right-sized for operational needs and are the most fuel-efficient vehicle in their class available at the time of purchase and/or are an alternative fuel vehicle.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Purchase of a fuel efficient vehicle 100%
Departmental green procurement target
By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges are recycled at the end of life.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved

Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question

Annual amount spent on toner cartridges

Achieved

100% of toner cartridges from all the corporate printers are being recycled. A new cartridge is provided to staff in exchange for the old cartridge.
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible Achieved
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement
Achieved
Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers
Achieved

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.
Scope and Context
Performance Measurement
Expected result
Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
Online application request and approval for BMO travel card Achieved
All application requests and approvals for BMO travel card are done online.
Online approval of travel card expenses Achieved
BMO statements of account travel card expenses are approved online following an online recommendation process.
Online travel request and travel claims completion and approval Achieved
Employees create and get appropriate approvals online for travel requests and travel claims.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014–15 reporting cycle, SSHRC considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As SSHRC did not develop any initiatives that required a strategic environmental assessment, no related public statements were produced.