2018–19 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

January 2018

1: Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although FINTRAC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy, FINTRAC adheres to the principles of the FSDS by implementing 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, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the activities in this DSDS.

2: Sustainable Development at FINTRAC

All federal departments and agencies have a role to play in ensuring that the Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon. FINTRAC has identified a range of measures that support the goal of low-carbon government and will seek to engage all employees in achieving this goal.

Like all departments and agencies, FINTRAC will support the goal of low-carbon government through procurement that takes into account environmental considerations and supports new and innovative technologies. FINTRAC will also seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from business travel.

Recognizing that climate change will have unavoidable impacts, FINTRAC will assess the possible effects of a changing climate on its operations, consider climate change impacts in its planning and investments, and identify opportunities to build resilience.

Finally, FINTRAC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. When applicable, public statements on the results of FINTRAC's assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced. By issuing public statements, FINTRAC will seek to assure Canadians that environmental issues have been fully taken into account.

Commitments for FINTRAC

FSDS Goal: Low-Carbon Government
FSDS target FSDS Contributing Action Corresponding departmental actions Starting points where available and performance indicators for departmental actions Program where the departmental actions will occur
Reduce GHG emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve this reduction by 2025 Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement
  • Follow an approach that includes the use of PSPC procurement instruments, specific training for functional specialist staff, and the inclusion of environmental considerations in the performance evaluations of key individuals.
  • Continue to require all new functional specialist staff take training in green procurement within one year of being hired.
  • Include green procurement objectives in the performance management agreements of all procurement managers and functional heads.
  • Use PSPC procurement instruments as its primary mechanism and leverage the environmental considerations incorporated into these Standing Offer and Supply Arrangements.
  • Update Procurement guides and training documentation and communicate these to managers to increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement.
  • Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.
  • Number and percentage of procurement managers and functional heads whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year.
  • Percentage of procurement staff that has green procurement objectives contained in their performance agreements, in the given fiscal year.
  • Percentage of contracts for IT services that are consistent with environmental criteria identified in the Guidelines for Greening Services Procurement.
  • Internal Services

3: Integrating sustainable development

FINTRAC is committed to following an approach that includes the use of PSPC procurement instruments, training for functional specialist staff, and the inclusion of environmental considerations in the performance evaluations of key individuals.

FINTRAC continues to purchase environmentally preferable goods and services where value for money is demonstrated. A value for money approach to procurement means that the lowest upfront price will not automatically be preferred; all life cycle costs must be taken into consideration; and there are many values to consider in addition to cost, such as reduction of environmental impact.

As part of FINTRAC's Procurement Guide, greater focus has been put on the responsible use, maintenance and disposal of assets. Actual conditions of use should maximize environmental considerations. For example, requiring that employees use the duplex feature on photocopiers and printers or adjusting the energy saving settings to put equipment in "sleep" mode after a brief period. When economically feasible, equipment should be repaired, refinished or reused.  When disposing of equipment, alternatives should be considered, such as return-to-supplier or recycling of components.

FINTRAC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An 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 FINTRAC's assessments will be made public, when an applicable initiative is announced. 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. As FINTRAC has not developed any initiatives that require a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements have been produced.

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