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Sustainable Purchasing Policy

Sustainability is a corporate priority for YVR. As such, one of our goals is to embed sustainability into our purchasing decisions and ensure meaningful consideration of social and environmental criteria when selecting suppliers, products, and services. Our purchasing decisions will drive innovation, improve workplace and environmental outcomes, and support our commitment to be accountable to the communities that we serve.

What Sustainable Purchasing Means to YVR

In evaluating suppliers and their subcontractors, YVR will include sustainability as a weighted component of the evaluation criteria, to address sustainability risks and capitalize on opportunities. In the procurement of goods and services – for both operating and capital spending – our consideration of sustainability gives priority focus to issues pertaining to our four pillars of sustainability:

  • Environment: including waste minimization, water conservation, greenhouse gas emission reduction, toxin elimination, and energy efficiency;
  • Social: including worker health and safety; the protection of human rights throughout the supply chain; employment, contracting, and partnership opportunities for designated groups (i.e., women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities);
  • Economic: a focus on being an economic driver for all sectors of the community, as well as receiving the best value from our purchases, based on a total cost of ownership approach, which includes costs from planning, acquisition, use, maintenance, and disposal;
  • Governance: a focus on supply chain transparency and strong accountability to our community through leadership in environmental, social, and economic issues.

How We Practice Sustainable Purchasing

When making purchasing decisions we will:

  1. Weigh sustainability: include sustainability specifications relevant to the product or service in question in Requests for Proposals (RFPs), tenders, and single-sourcing contracts, and seek to minimize harmful sustainability impacts while balancing performance, price, and quality;
  2. Encourage innovation: recognize and reward suppliers that demonstrate sustainability leadership in their organizational operations, and collaboratively engage other suppliers to improve performance on such initiatives;
  3. Collaborate and engage: engage with our suppliers so that they and their subcontractors demonstrate strong workplace health and safety performance. Suppliers shall meet, at a minimum, the standards outlined in YVR’s Supplier Code of Conduct, and we commit to working with them toward meeting and exceeding these standards;
  4. Purchase the product or service that provides the best total value to YVR: ensure that YVR is receiving the best value from our purchases based on a total cost of ownership approach, including consideration for environmental, social, economic, and governance costs and benefits (where reasonably quantifiable) throughout the full product lifecycle, from planning and acquisition, to use, maintenance, and ultimately disposal;
  5. Make measurable improvements: track and evaluate our progress in the area of sustainable purchasing, and report periodically on the strides we have made.

Implementing Sustainable Purchasing

YVR continuously improves how we do business. We recognize that sustainability is already considered in some of our purchasing decisions, but as we implement our new policy we expect our team members to formally incorporate sustainability criteria on a regular and consistent basis. In addition, we invite employees to go above and beyond by thinking sustainably and seizing opportunities for innovation. To do this, we plan to:

  • Get Started Now: going forward, we expect all employees to apply the tools or guidelines that are appropriate to the product or service and method of procurement at hand;
  • Get Better All the Time: strive for continuous improvement in our practices;
  • Recognize the Journey: keep in mind that this is a multi-year initiative and that we will refine the initiatives as we go;
  • Be Flexible: use different approaches as appropriate for different procurements and understand that we can and should expand, adjust, and refine our Sustainable Purchasing program over time.

Ownership of Sustainable Purchasing stretches across departments at YVR. We recognize the following key departmental roles:

  • Implement the Sustainable Purchasing Policy: Everyone
  • Coach and Support: Supply Management Team
  • Provide Environmental Subject Matter Expertise: Environment
  • Share Your Experience in Applying Sustainable Purchasing Criteria: Everyone

Related Policies: How Sustainable Purchasing Supports Our Other Objectives

  1. The Strategic Plan
  2. The Purchasing Policy
  3. The Environmental Management Plan
  4. The Capital Plan