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.

Overview of Federal Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations

On June 20, 2022, the Government of Canada released regulations to ban six categories of single-use plastic items: checkout bags, cutlery, stir sticks, straws, ring carriers and food serviceware.

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. 

ESG & Climate Action Committee (bi-monthly meetings)

Governments around the world, including Canada’s federal government, are participating in global efforts to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C. Moreover, ESG reporting frameworks and rating agencies have emerged as an important area for corporates to both monitor and inform. This committee is looking to help facilitate best practice sharing, monitor policies/trends, explore collaborative opportunities and develop related resources. Join this committee

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