Sustainability

Retailers are embedding sustainability best practices throughout their operations. Tackling everything from responsible global supply chain sourcing, efficient recycling, elimination of problematic plastics and significant energy consumption reduction, retailers are committed to acting proactively and collaboratively.

Retail Council of Canada works with retailers and sustainability experts to provide information concerning emerging issues and opportunities.

Grants & Incentives: Energy & Transportation

To help members make operations and fleets more sustainable, RCC has prepared a list of energy and transportation-related grants and incentives.

Key Issues

Stewardship and Recycling
Stewardship and Recycling

Learn about your role as a retailer and the guiding principles that inform RCC’s advocacy work for sustainability and extended producer responsibility (EPR).

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Plastics and Alternatives
Plastics and Alternatives

Understand recent government measures and retail initiatives related to plastics, single-use items and alternative options.

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Climate Action and Carbon Management
Climate Action and Carbon Management

Explore relevant resources and learn about ways retailers can take climate action and reduce their carbon footprint, both at a store and supply chain level.

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ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)
ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance)

Learn how retailers are working to integrate ESG principles into business strategy and the growing importance of ESG rating agencies and scores.

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Committees

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) / Stewardship Committee (bi-weekly meetings)

The EPR/Stewardship Committee is actively engaged in advocacy efforts around extended producer responsibility and supports members with program compliance for the various recycling and stewardship programs across Canada. The committee reviews proposed regulatory changes to ensure industry's need and concerns are front-and-center while supporting RCC volunteers and staff who sit on stakeholder and advisory/consultative bodies. Beyond this, the committee guides RCC staff in the development and presentation of RCC positions to provincial and federal governments. Join this committee.

Plastics Committee (monthly meetings)

The Plastics Committee is actively engaged in monitoring single-use plastics bans across the country to support member compliance while exploring packaging and material alternatives (e.g., reusable options, compostables, etc.). The committee also focuses on best practice sharing for a range of topics, including eco-design, recycled content, and improved vendor/customer communications. Committee members help advise RCC volunteers and staff who sit on stakeholder and advisory/consultative bodies and guide RCC staff in the development and presentation of RCC positions on plastics issues to all levels of government. Join this committee. 

Responsible Sourcing Committee

The Responsible Sourcing Committee is a member working group comprised of retail members with roles that include government relations, public affairs, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethical/responsible sourcing, public relations, etc. The purpose of the committee is to help retail members grow and develop their respective responsible sourcing programs; and to facilitate the sharing of pre-competitive best-practices between members concerning issues including human rights, child labour, working conditions in factories, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, fair/living wages, worker safety, factory structural issues, living conditions and more. The Committee also works to communicate the commitment of Canadian retailers to responsible trade and consults and builds alliances with consumers, NGOs, academics and other industry partners. Join this committee.

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