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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy: 2019-20 Departmental Results Report, Women and Gender Equality Canada

1. Introduction to the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The Department for Women and Gender Equality adheres to the principles of the FSDS, and while not bound formally by the Act, supports reporting on the implementation of the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy.

2. Sustainable development in the Department for Women and Gender Equality

The Department for Women and Gender Equality’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental action[s] pertinent to this goal. Previous years’ supplementary information tables are posted on the Department for Women and Gender Equality’s website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following tables provide performance information on departmental action[s] in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

Context: Low-Carbon Government

Although the Department for Women and Gender Equality is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy in 2019–20, the Department for Women and Gender Equality adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (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 Department for Women and Gender Equality 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.

Low-Carbon Government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon
FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting point(s) Performance indicator(s) Target(s) Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target

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.

Integrate environmental considerations into purchasing decisions, processes and controls.

Performance indicator: Percentage of contracts that include a green procurement clause.

Starting point: Baseline: 35% (2018). The Department uses PSPC standing offers for most of its procurement needs. The Department will continue to update its templates to include green procurement clauses in all contracts.

Target: 100% by March 31, 2020

100%

A green procurement clause is included in all departmental procurement templates and applied to all relevant contracts.

Ensure decisions-makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement.

Performance indicator: Percentage of designated specialists that have completed the training.

Starting point: On March 31, 2018, 66% of designated specialists had completed the necessary training to support green procurement.

Target: 100% by March 31, 2020

100%

All designated specialists had completed their green procurement training as of March 31, 2020.

Ensure key officials support and contribute to the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives.

Performance indicator: Percentage of designated managers whose performance evaluation includes support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement.

Starting point: 100% (March 2018)

Target: 100% by March 2020

100%

As of March 31, 2020, all performance evaluations of designated managers included objectives related to the application of the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement.

4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2019–20 reporting cycle, the Department for Women and Gender Equality had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and no public statements were produced.

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