Sustainable procurement barometer 2020

Sustainable procurement

more relevant than ever

Slide “The Québec economy has been shaken. To bring about the recovery, we all need to work together and change our way of thinking.

Integrating sustainable development into all our activities, including procurement, is part of the solution. Hydro-Québec is fully assuming its leadership role in speeding up the transition to a more agile, low-carbon economy.

We intend to use our purchasing power to help accelerate this transition and invite our partners and customers to get actively involved.”
- Sophie Brochu
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec
Slide Bob Willard To thrive in a post-pandemic low-carbon, circular economy, companies will need to be resilient in the face of more environmental and social risks on the horizon. They will need to be sustainable companies procuring the best-available sustainable products from the most sustainable suppliers. That is, winners will use sustainable procurement. BOB WILLARD
– Spokesperson of the 2020 sustainable procurement Barometer
Slide Leor Rotchild “COVID-19 is not just a health emergency, it’s a supply chain emergency too. This same clarity should not just apply to how we stock our shelves but how we design mobility, build our cities, and power our lives everyday, not just during a crisis.” LEOR ROTCHILD
-Executive Director, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
Slide Jo-Anne St.Godard “Governments at all levels have significant and virtually untapped opportunity to alter existing linear consumption patterns and markets to advance the circular economy in cities, regions, and First Nations across Canada. When leveraged strategically, circular procurement encourages innovation in the private sector by requiring goods and services that seek to contribute to closed energy and materials loops within supply chains while minimizing waste.” JO-ANNE ST.GODARD
-Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario
Slide “The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic has been devastating and Canada needs to #buybackbetter by rebuilding our economy with supply chains that reflect our social and environmental values. Sustainable procurement is our pathway to a better future and the 2020 Barometer will be an important measure of how well Canadian organizations are practicing sustainable procurement and moving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We encourage everyone to participate in the survey!” TIM REEVE
-Managing Director, Canadian Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement
Slide Tina Lacoe “Living and working through a global pandemic has proven how valuable public procurement is to the operations of our cities, schools, hospitals and public facing organizations. It is this value and influence within our public communities that can provide the stimulus for change towards sustainable procurement.

The results of the study will identify where our respective agencies are in comparison to other organizations as well as to help us understand and focus on what is important in our efforts towards sustainability. It is only through this understanding that we will be able to begin to assess how best to incorporate sustainable measures and objectives into our everyday procurements. ”
-Manager of Procurement, City of Hamilton
Slide Nick Xenos, Directeur exécutif du Centre pour un gouvernement vert, Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Canada “At the Government of Canada, sustainable procurement is an important lever for reducing GHGs and will help Canada reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The Sustainable Procurement Barometer is a tool that will allow the monitoring of the progress made by our organizations and our country, and improve collaboration between jurisdictions. Let's all use our common procurement power as a strategic tool for achieving Canada's sustainable development objectives.” NICK XENOS
-Executive director of the Centre for Greening Government, Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Canada

Sustainable procurement to increase value

Sustainable procurement is to use procurement as a powerful force to drive the market toward more circular, inclusive, local and fair economy.

Who should participate?

  • Ministries and agencies, municipalities and health and social services and education institutions of all sizes.
  • Businesses and non-profit organizations with more than 500 employees.
  • A version of the questionnaire adapted to the reality of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be developed later.


Are you active in sustainable development or corporate responsibility and want to seize the opportunity to progress through your procurement practices?

In its 3rd edition, the Barometer has become a reference to evaluate sustainable procurement progress and identify levers for improvement within organizations.

Sustainable Procurement is essential and accessible to everyone.

Regardless of your level of experience, the Barometer helps determine your practices and positioning and identify the actions to be taken in order to progress.


To take action

Simply complete the online questionnaire between May 25 and October 23, 2020. It will take 30 to 45 minutes to complete the online questionnaire. Note, however, that preparation for the questionnaire may take longer, depending on the structure of the organization and the way in which sustainable procurement actions are tracked.

The results will be made public December 2nd 2020:

– Each respondent will receive a confidential and personalized information sheet on their performance as compared to other respondents across Canada.

– A report will be published based on the aggregated data that will be used to form a comprehensive statistical portrait.


This study follows the principles established under the Policy on Responsible Conduct in Research, Creation and Innovation at Université Laval.

Be a part of the change

our world needs


Sustainable procurement is essential in order to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

700 Canadian organizations are being personally approached to participate in the Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2020. Our goal is that 200 organizations participate in the study. They will demonstrate progress and identify the practices that need to be put in place to advance sustainable procurement in Canada.

Based on the results of the study, recommendations will be presented to the government of Canada to ensure the procurement strategies of Canadian organizations contribute to the SDGs.

Sustainable develoment goals
responsible consumption and production

Sustainable procurement is a lever for achieving several of the goals adopted in 2015 by the Member States of the United Nations within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals to 2030.
In particular, it contributes to Goal 12, which deals with responsible production and consumption and aims “to do more and better with less”.

“It’s in businesses’ interest to find new solutions that enable sustainable consumption and production.”

Joining the movement means demonstrating your leadership

Once you have completed the survey, you will receive a media kit that provides you with the materials to showcase your leadership in our business community.

Join the group of companies dedicated to advancing and positively influencing other organizations nationwide to work together on aligning our policies and activities.

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No sustainable development or corporate responsibility approach

is complete without procurement

Have your good practices recognized


In this new edition, we bring you the Sustainable Procurement Recognition. The organizations with the most efficient practices will be showcased during the release of the 2020 Barometer.


The release of the Barometer will take place on October 29, during a virtual event where the recommendations developed based on the results will also be presented.

You can also download the call to participate and use it to mobilize your networks, partners and suppliers.


ECPAR is a Canadian network of leaders engaged in sustainable procurement.


With an active network of partners across all parts of Canada, ECPAR has been laying the groundwork for more than 10 years, in collaboration with a hundred public and private organizations in the ecological transition field.

Mobilization and Communication partners

Research Partners

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals Program