2020 to 2023 Short-form Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

February 2020


Although the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, FINTRAC adheres 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, FINTRAC supports 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.

Integrating sustainable development

FINTRAC is committed to following an approach that includes the use of Public Services and Procurement Canada's 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 are taken into consideration; reduction of environmental impact is a value to consider in addition to initial cost.

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 maximize environmental considerations. For example, employees use the duplex feature on photocopiers and printers or adjust energy saving settings to put equipment in “sleep” mode after a brief period. When economically feasible, equipment shall be repaired, refinished or reused.  When disposing of equipment, alternatives are to 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 its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes 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 are made public when an applicable initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate 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.

FSDS goal: Greening Government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental action(s) Contribution by each departmental action to the FSDS goal and target Program where the departmental actions will occur Link to the department’s Program Inventory
Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions

Buy environmentally preferable goods and services where value for money is demonstrated (i.e. appropriate balance of many factors, such as cost, performance, availability, quality, and environmental performance) and meet green procurement targets.

Motivate suppliers to green their goods, services and supply chain.

Use Procurement Services and Procurement Canada's National Master Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, where feasible, that include environmental criteria. Internal Services
Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees To ensure that environmental considerations are taken into account in its procurement activities, FINTRAC will include green procurement objectives in the performance management agreements of all procurement managers and functional heads. Include green procurement on all the performance agreements of all functional specialists. Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement. To ensure environmental consideration objectives for all procurement activities were met, 100% of FINTRAC Procurement Officers performance agreements included green procurement objectives

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