Supplementary Information Tables

2018–19 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Public Prosecution Service of Canada is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development ActEndnote i and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada adheres to the principles of the FSDS by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green ProcurementEndnote ii supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the FSDS goal: low-carbon government” table in section 2, below.

2. Commitments for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Further to the requirements outlined in the Policy on Green Procurement, the PPSC promotes the selection of goods and services based on more than cost alone. Quality, environmental performance and availability are factored into procurement decisions.

Goods and services are considered green when they have a lesser or reduced impact on human health and the environment than competing goods or services that serve the same purpose. Considerations for product or asset selection include whether it has a reduced manufacturing footprint, such as recycled products, or lower operating impacts, or a smaller disposal impact because of reduced packaging.

Through green-procurement employee training, the PPSC also seeks to improve employee understanding of the rationale for buying green and identifying what makes goods or services energy efficient. Consequently, employees will be empowered to make more informed purchasing decisions.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting points where available and performance indicators for departmental actions Programs where the departmental actions will occur
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) 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 the integration of environmental considerations into procurement management practices, processes and controls. Starting Point: FY 2015-16

Indicator: Percentage of purchases that include criteria or clauses which aim to reduce the environmental impact of the product or service being purchased.
Drug, National Security and Northern Prosecutions Program

Regulatory Offences and Economic Crime Prosecution Program

Internal Services
Ensure employees who make procurement decisions or execute transactions have the necessary training to support green procurement. Starting Point: FY 2015-16

Indicator: Percentage of employees involved in procurement and material management who have completed training on green procurement.
Integrate Green Procurement Approach objectives into performance management agreements of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel management. Starting Point: FY 2015-16

Indicator: Percentage of functional heads of procurement and material management whose performance evaluation includes objectives related to green procurement.
Ensure office supplies purchases take into consideration environmental impacts when feasible. Starting Point: FY 2015-16

Indicator: Monitor and report on the use of common green procurement instruments.

3. Integrating sustainable development

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. A SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on FSDS goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of the PPSC’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced on the PPSC’s websiteEndnote iii. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been considered during proposal development and decision-making.

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