Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Introduction

To close out the 2013–16 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS), a streamlined reporting process for each Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) has been adopted. This supplementary information table supports the commitment to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament and contributes to an integrated, whole‑of‑government view of activities supporting environmental sustainability.

1. Overview of the federal government’s approach to sustainable development

The 2013–16 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 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, while not required to report under the FSDS, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) supports the implementation of the FSDS principles through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Our Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes the OSFI’s actions in support of Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. The report for 2016–17 presents a high‑level overview of results and is the final report under the 2013–16 FSDS. Last year’s report is available on the agency website.

3. Departmental performance highlights

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, OSFI contributed to the 2013–16 FSDS through implementation strategies for Goal 7 Waste and Asset Management.

FSDS goal FSDS target FSDS performance indicator FSDS performance results
Goal 7: waste and asset management
Reduce waste generated, and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle.
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.
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place. Yes
Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. 10
100%
One (1) procurement specialist completed the course in 2016-17 while the other nine (9) completed the course in prior fiscal years.
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year. 2
100%
Target 7.2: green procurement
By March 31, 2017, 95% of copy paper and envelope purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of production.
Dollar value of copy paper and envelope purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all purchases for copy paper and envelopes for the given year. $22,956.16, which represents 100% of the total dollar value of all copy paper and envelope purchases in calendar year 2016.
Target 7.2: green procurement
By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges are recycled at end of life.
Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question. 100% of toner cartridges were recycled at end of life.
Target 7.2: green procurement
By March 31, 2017, 100% of Bid Solicitation, Contract and Statement of Work will be reviewed using updated templates that include environmental considerations.
Templates have been updated.
Percentage of bid solicitation, contract and statement of work reviewed using environmental consideration criteria.
75%
Due to competing operational requirements, this target will be completed during fiscal year 2017-18.

Implementation strategies: performance summary

No changes since last year. OSFI continued to incorporate the following implementation strategy and best practice in support of Target 7.2 Green Procurement, into its procurement practices in 2016-17:
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible.
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.

4. Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2016–17 reporting cycle, OSFI 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 OSFI did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.