In this section, we review the process that has led to the publication of the current strategy.
Since submitting its first SDS in December 1997, CSC has worked tirelessly to improve its environmental performance and has stayed on course toward Sustainable Development.
Between 1997 and 2000, CSC focused primarily on increasing the number of regional employees working on the environmental portfolio and developing some environmental management tools in response to the ecological commitments voluntarily made in its SDS 1997.
Based on the experience gained over the previous three years, the SDS 2000 was more modest in terms of the number of environmental commitments. In fact, constrained by limited resources, the complexity of issues involved and the many challenges of implementing its environmental management system – an essential tool for making progress with its SDS – CSC had to reduce the scope of commitments made in its previous SDS from 42 environmental targets to 12. Despite the hard work to achieve the proposed targets with the available resource level, CSC was unable to conclusively report on whether significant progress was made or expectations exceeded for the majority of targets set out in its SDS 2000.
With the submission of its third SDS for 2003-2006, further commitments were refined so that CSC could focus on nine environmental targets it considered as priorities. Although particular attention was made to setting specific endpoints (i.e. definite, measurable, and achievable over time) CSC still had the difficult task of balancing its intentions with available resources in order to meet our environmental commitments. The SDS 2003 enabled CSC to better define the scope of our capacity to address the targets and measure progress so that we could implement changes that would bring about the desired results for the fourth SDS (2007-2010).
The SDS 2007-2010 presented an updated assessment of progress and a refocusing of CSC's efforts. In it, we established what had worked well, where improvements were appropriate, and how the organization intended to do things differently. Hence, SDS 2007-2010 proposed 14 tangibl targets. Early in 2011, the progress toward these commitments was assessed and it was determined that 13 targets out of 14 were achieved or surpassed.
We attribute the success of the SDS 2007-2010 on three main factors: the target setting was adequately balanced with the available resources, the budget was increased to allow the implementation of more initiatives and there was an increase in the overall level of ownership toward environmental & Sustainable Development programs across all organizational levels in CSC.
Based on the above successes, CSC's SDS 2012-2015 is largely built upon the previous achievements while considering the lessons learned over the past 15 years. We are convinced that finding an equilibrium between SDS commitments and available resources is the key to success. As detailed below, the new 18 targets are distributed under five main goals:
- Contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources;
- Contribute to the protection of the atmosphere;
- Contribute to the reduction of gaseous emissions that are responsible for global warming / climate change;
- Contribute to the protection of the hydrosphere; and
- Contribute to the protection of the lithosphere.
Finally, with the promulgation of Bill C-25 "Truth in Sentencing Act", CSC is forecasting a growth in the inmate population over the next decade, which in turn will require an expansion of federal correctional facilities across the country. At present, this new legislative reality will directly affect CSC's core priorities as well as its infrastructure for the coming years. Hence, the full adoption of the Federal SDS GGO targets proved to be impractical or not applicable in some cases, not economically sound or simply unachievable under the available resource allocations. We have adapted some of the GGO targets and developed new SDS objectives in order to provide a realistic voluntary contribution to the Federal SDS.
Fenbrook-Beaver Creek Institutions, Ontario Region
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