Greening Government Operations (GGO)

Green Procurement Reporting for Departments and Agencies Not Bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act

Strategies / Comments

I. Approach: Investigating and incorporating opportunities for green procurement continues to be an ongoing process at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in keeping with the nature and scope of its procurement activities. The vice-president of the Common Administrative Services Directorate is responsible for the application of the Policy on Green Procurement. In 2013-14, SSHRC will explore new green solutions and build on existing good green practices as part of its organizational business transformation initiatives.

II. Management Processes and Controls:

  1. SSHRC uses Public Works and Government Services Canada procurement instruments as its primary procurement mechanism.
  2. In 2013-14, all contracting documents will be reviewed to include a clause addressing environmental considerations in the performance of the work required.

III. Setting Targets:

  1. SSHRC has set a target to continue reducing paper use by making two-sided printing mandatory and increasing the use of online submissions.
  2. In 2013-14, SSHRC will assess additional possible reduction targets for specific goods.

IV. Training:

  1. SSHRC will ensure that all existing procurement and materiel management functional staff take the Canada School of Public Service Course 215 on green procurement as part of the current on-boarding program for new staff, which will be integrated into the training curriculum.
  2. Internal awareness on green procurement will also be raised among key stakeholders involved with acquisitions.
  3. Management will increase staff awareness of environmental practices, such as limiting the number of printed copies of documents and using two-sided printing and copying.

V. Performance Evaluation: The performance management agreements for managers and functional specialists in procurement will take into account environmental considerations in procurement activities.

VI. Meeting Targets: Green procurement strategies will be reviewed at mid-year to ensure that they are on track for achievement by the end of the fiscal year.