Although the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB or the Board) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS), the IRB adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with the
Policy on Green Procurement.
Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the Board 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.
Greening Government: The Government of Canada will transition to low-carbon, climate resilient, and green operations.
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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
Integrate environmental considerations into procurement decisions
Starting point: 100% of departmental contracts issued for the purchase of
accommodations-related goods through standing offers and supply arrangements included environment (Green Certified) considerations in 2020–21.
Performance indicator: Percentage of departmental contracts issued to purchase
accommodations-related goods (e.g., furniture, office chairs) through standing offers and supply arrangements include environmental (Green Certified) considerations.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. UN SDG 12
- Motivate suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their goods, services, and supply chains.
- Reduce the use of paper in the departmental bid solicitation process.
Starting point: 100% of bids and proposals received by the Board in 2020–21 were paperless.
Performance indicator: Percentage of bids and proposals received by the Board are paperless (i.e., received and stored electronically).
Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools, and training for public service employees
Ensure that decision makers, and material management and procurement specialists have the necessary training, awareness, and tools to support green procurement.
Starting point: 100% of departmental specialists in procurement and material management completed training on green procurement in 2020–21.
Performance indicator: Percentage of departmental specialists in procurement and material management who have completed training on green procurement.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.
UN SDG 12
Inform and educate decision makers involved in the procurement process about the importance of green procurement and how to incorporate it into purchase requirements.
Starting point: 100% of departmental acquisition card holders took training, which incorporated green procurement considerations, in 2020–21.
Performance indicator: Percentage of departmental acquisition card holders who have taken training which incorporates green procurement considerations.
Reporting on integrating sustainable development
During the 2021–22 reporting cycle, the IRB had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment and no public statements were produced.