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Table 5: Sustainable Development Strategy

SDS Departmental Goals: Further develop the capacity of the Department to support the provision of legal services related to sustainable development.

Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
  • Develop capacity to provide advice on the legal implications of policy and program decisions related to SD issues facing the government and client departments and agencies.
  • New areas for possible application of SD advice and services are identified and explored.
  • Conduct research and analysis of SD principles and current issues and develop case studies and best practices on the application of SD principles and practices in the provision of legal services.
  • Review and analyze recommendations from 2006 Sustainable Development Conference.
  • Organize and conduct a follow-up SD conference.
  • Training sessions on Legal Services support for SD.
  • Guidance is developed on the application of SD in the provision of legal services.
  • Guidelines are developed to support staff in offering additional advice and services.
  • Training is offered and conducted to build additional expertise in the Department, when appropriate.
  • Training tools on SD are produced in collaboration with other government departments and the Canada School of Public Service.
  • Learning and practical tools are developed to assist employees.
  • Consult with selected client organizations to determine how DoJ legal services support of the client SD strategies can be enhanced.
  • Continue SD awareness campaign.
  • Establish or promote forums (networks, working groups, practice groups) to consider SD in the provision of legal services.
  • Process guide developed for the preparation of ministerial responses to environmental petitions.
  • Link made between SD and Legal Risk Management.
  • SD Steering Committee and SD Legal Services Network considered recommendations from the 2006 SD Conference as part of ongoing implementation of Justice SD Strategy.
  • Departmental SD Conference entitled “Justice for the Future” held March 25, 2009 with a focus on the new Federal Sustainable Development Act.
  • Developed a Framework for Preparation of an SD Checklist for DOJ Counsel; presented to DOJ portfolio heads, legal services managers and counsel.
  • Public Law Sector surveyed the implementation of SD practices within the Sector and prepared a list of the practices; the list is to be regularly updated.
  • Projects and presentations on the connections between SD and the provision of legal services, including:
    • Analysis of main principles of SD and their legal impact;
    • Analysis of the use of purpose clauses and preambles for conveying SD principles;
    • the Working Theory of Reconciliation Project: Fostering a common understanding of what reconciliation entails as a legal principle, and developing law practice management tools to assist counsel to translate the principle into their daily practice of law;
    • the analysis the harmonization of federal law with the private law of the provinces from an SD perspective.
  • Consultation with Environment Canada on legal services support for departmental strategies; SD Checklist Framework includes consideration of client departments’ SD Strategies.
  • Legal support to Departments on the implementation of the Federal Sustainable Development Act;
  • SD drawn to the attention of clients departments, for example in the revision of government directives.
  • A departmental procedure was put in place to facilitate the coordination and consistency of legal advice on key environmental assessment law issues.
  • Justice SD intranet site updated with current material about the connection between legal services and SD.
  • SD Steering Committee and SD Legal Services Network met regularly to advance implementation of Justice SD Strategy.
  • Departmental process developed and approved for the preparation of ministerial responses to environmental petitions.
  • Participation in interdepartmental working group on the preparation of a guide for departments on environmental petitions.
  • Legal risk management checklist of potential client impacts amended to include an environmental effect component.

SDS Departmental Goals: Incorporate sustainable development principles and practices into the Department’s policy and program operations.

Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
  • SD principles and practices are incorporated in the Department’s policies and programs.
  • SD activities and principles are integrated in the Department’s management and accountability structure.
  • Ensure and monitor compliance with 1999 Cabinet Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessments.
  • Case studies and best practices are developed on the application of SD principles and practices in program and policy development and in the provision of policy advice.
  • Guidelines and learning tools are developed and training is provided to staff.
  • Forward-looking policy and program research and analysis developed.
  • Areas are identified to further incorporate SD.
  • Guidelines, learning and practical tools are created to assist employees in applying SD in their work.
  • Training is offered and conducted to build additional expertise within the Department, as appropriate.
  • Policy research capacity is in place to analyze long-term effects of environmental degradation, emerging technologies, and social and economic issues on the work of the Department.
  • Policy and legal services priorities and activities are linked to government’s priorities to address the environmental, social and economic pillars of SD development.
  • SD is integrated into the Management Accountability Framework; SD activities are re-grouped according to the departmental Program Activity Architecture structure.
  • Link is established between Legal Risk Management in the Department and the implementation of SD.
  • SD is considered a departmental priority.
  • Procedures are in place to collect data and to monitor and report on progress in SD efforts.
  • Increase the understanding of SD and its relevance to the work of the Department within its managerial community.
  • Develop specific targets for inclusion and monitoring of SD commitments into selective senior managers’ performance agreements.
  • Integrate SD into Departmental business planning.
  • Full compliance with the Cabinet Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive is achieved.
  • Memoranda to Cabinet contain a compulsory questionnaire on potential environmental impacts which is monitored by Cabinet Affairs.
  • A series of best practice examples from DOJ’s programs and policies were developed that show linkages to SD principles relevant to DOJ.
  • Tools such as checklists and reference materials have been developed in the policy and program areas of DOJ to help ensure incorporation of SD considerations when appropriate.
  • The Policy and Programs SD Working Group has been responsible for developing and delivering on all of the items under this objective.
  • SD remains a component of compulsory management training for all new manager.
  • References to SD considerations have been incorporated into the Terms of Reference of the Policy Committee and its sub-group, the Policy Committee working group.
  • Linkages between the annual Policy Committee Retreat and SD were assessed and documented.
  • SD considerations have been incorporated into the review process of DOJ’s Research Review Committee.
  • SD principles are applied to DOJ’s research capacity to perform multi-site studies and file reviews.
  • A workshop on SD was delivered in December 2008 for 50 policy and program officers from across DOJ.
  • An information and discussion session on the application of SD in policies and programs was delivered at DOJ’s 2009 SD Conference.
  • A survey of the policy and program community of DOJ was conducted from December 2008 to January 2009 to research and analyze employee awareness of SD, particularly of the social dimension and showed it to be growing.
  • SD considerations have been added to the business planning guide, notably in the section on priority setting and strategic guidance.
  • The SD Champion chairs a Steering Committee of senior managers on the application of SD and has delivered presentations to various portfolio management teams as well as communiqués to Direct Reports and Governing Council on progress in meeting SD objectives.
  • Performance management agreements and SD guidance statements are being targeted for the next business cycle.

SDS Departmental Goals: Improve the environmental sustainability of the Department’s physical operations.

Expected Results 2008-09 Supporting Performance Measure(s) Achieved SDS Departmental Results for 2008-09
  • Conservation and waste-management practices are significantly improved.
  • Government Green Procurement Policy is implemented.
  • Intensify activities to raise staff awareness of conservation practices.
  • Increase efforts to reduce consumption of paper.
  • Increase efforts to divert solid waste from landfill.
  • Apply and ensure adherence to Government of Canada accommodation standards.
  • Introduce and encourage measures to reduce energy consumption.
  • Training is provided to all appropriate managers and staff.
  • All areas of significant environmental impact by the Department are identified and measures are identified to reduce this impact by a minimum of 20%.
  • Double-sided printing is promoted and set as a default standard across the Department, to the extent possible.
  • Paper consumption levels are stabilized and monitored.
  • Diversion of solid waste in Headquarters’ operations is increased from 78% to 86%, as recommended by the 2006 audit (based on baseline year 1999).
  • Identifying accommodation opportunities that result in optimized occupancy and ensures more efficient space utilization in line with GOC space entitlement guidelines and fit-up standards.
  • Incorporate sustainability in all aspects of design specifications through consideration and use of environmentally friendly products and materials.
  • Practices are in place to promote electronic data disclosure and sharing, reducing paper consumption by 30% from the 2006 level.
  • Monitoring process and measures to track waste diversion efforts are in place and are reported on regularly.
  • Training for managers on environmental SD practices is created and delivered.
  • Specific targets and performance measures are in place and included in managers’ performance agreements to demonstrate and monitor progress of their commitments to implementing SD.
  • Recommendations from energy and solid waste management audits for Headquarters buildings are implemented and monitored.
  • All appropriate staff are trained on the application of the Green Procurement Policy.
  • Implementation of GPP is monitored and enforced.
  • All suppliers used offer green products.
  • Green procurement is considered in every transaction.
  • Green stock purchases amount to a minimum of 50% of all purchases.
  • Green procurement targets are developed and built into all responsible managers’ and staff performance agreements.
  • Spending data has been assessed, baseline established and specific targets developed by 2009 for the main five categories of purchases.
  • A standard reporting mechanism is developed within the financial system to monitor the Department’s compliance with the Policy.
  • The creation of green teams for the dissemination of best practices and the hosting of thematic events has broadened awareness.
  • Chief Information Officer developing double-sided-printing as part of its Print Strategy.
  • Use of the department's litigation support tool, Ringtail, for managing and exchanging discovery document collections in digital rather than paper form, will result in a savings of approximately 168 million pages of paper based on the current inventory of digitized images (approx 24 million).
  • Used battery collection organized for employees.
  • Continue to implement Computer For Schools program before sending to Crown Assets.
  • Better space management practices resulted in space optimization projects at East Memorial Building 1st, St Andrews Tower 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 12th floors where space entitlements were regularized and Government of Canada fit-up standards were adhered to.
  • New water policy favouring tap water over bottled water was approved and implemented.
  • DOJ’s property manager, SNC Lavalin Profac, conducts regular energy audits of Headquarters. The East Memorial Building recently received a BOMA Go Green Plus certification.
  • Wherever possible through project implementation, Project Managers seek and specify the use of reusable products, materials manufactured from recycled materials, and/or are LEED compliant.
  • Contract officers provided training on green procurement as part of their contract training.
  • See Table 6.
  • Departmental IT/IM investment criteria now incorporate environmental considerations such as air quality, energy conservation, water quality and waste management.

The complete text of the Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-2009 may be obtained at: