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2020 to 2023 Sustainable development strategy (short-form)

We proactively adhere to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement. As currently required by 2019 changes to the Federal Sustainable Development Act, our first full sustainable development strategy will be prepared to follow the next Federal Sustainable Development Strategy put in place by the federal government.

Supplementary information tables

As a federal organization that prepares planning and results reports for Parliament on an annual basis, we maintain these supplementary information tables related to our sustainable development strategy.

2020 to 2023 Sustainable development strategy (short-form)
Organization Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying
Context

Although not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, we adhere to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with 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, we support sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the 2019 to 2022 FSDS “Greening Government” goal.

Commitments We support transition to a low-carbon economy by considering environmental factors in our purchasing decisions.
FSDS goal
Greening government
FSDS target
Actions supporting the Greening Government goals and the Policy on Green Procurement
FSDS contributing actions Corresponding actions Contribution by each action to the FSDS goal and target Starting points, targets and performance indicators for actions
Use environmental criteria to reduce environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions Integrate environmental stewardship and life-cycle principles in procurement planning and practices Modernization aligned with green procurement is supported by employees and management Percentage of all procurement that takes into account environmental stewardship and life-cycle principles
Assess the authority and value of purchasing carbon offsets when air travel is necessary Air travel carbon offsets are adopted when possible Percentage of all air travel where carbon offsets are purchased
Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees Provide training to our employees responsible for procurement, materiel and asset management, oversight, and decision-making to support green procurement policy objectives Awareness by our employees supports the adoption and effectiveness of procurement criteria that address carbon reduction, sustainable plastics and broader environmental benefits Percentage of our employees involved in procurement who have completed green procurement training
Link to the Program inventory
Registry services and compliance (for all actions)
Integrating sustainable development

We are committed to integrate sustainability into our internal policy and operational processes.

Our office will study and adopt, where possible, best practices identified in sustainability impact assessments undertaken by other organizations in relation to corporate policies, procedures, and decision-making.

In practical terms, we have implemented and will continue to sustain the following:

  • use of reusable dishes and cutlery in the office kitchen and for meetings
  • give preference to hospitality suppliers offering reusable and compostable items
  • use of a water dispenser in the office to support the use of refillable water bottles
  • mobile technology tools to enable telework arrangements and paperless meetings
  • priority use of greener transportation options when possible (public transit, trains, etc.)

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