Join our new Sustainable Recovery Cohort and obtain a non-refundable financial contribution to benefit from the services of a sustainable development expert who will help you, through a one-on-one approach, build an action plan and adopt new responsible and sustainable business practices.

Turn the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to:

  • maximise your productivity
  • improve your competitiveness and profitability
  • attract and maintain your work force
  • build customer loyalty
  • reduce your environmental footprint
  • ensure your sustainability

What is the Cohort?

With the financial support of the Fonds Écoleader and Desjardins, the Réseau des SADC & CAE has implemented a new Sustainable Recovery Cohort that allows businesses to benefit from the services of a sustainable development expert in order to help them to:

  • adapt/develop their business model by responding to the opportunities offered by the Sustainable Recovery objectives;
  • build an action plan and adopt new environmentally responsible business practices;
  • ensure rapid, rigorous and efficient recovery and growth.

Implementation Process

  1.  Carry out a sustainable development diagnosis according to a framework determined by the SD group of experts by identifying the impacts and costs related to: :
    • the environment: waste, water, energy and transport;
    • social factors: employee retention, motivation and training;
    • economics: losses, waste, non-compliance, non-value added activities, financial health;
    • governance: management and strategy, innovation and communication.
  2. Prioritise the issues and draw up an action plan.
  3. Identify two priority eco-responsible initiatives and help the company implement them.

Advantages and Benefits for the Company

  • Reduce operating and resource development costs;
  • Improve competitiveness while reducing environmental footprint;
  • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contribute to the fight against climate change;
  • Comply with current SD regulations and laws;
  • Improve corporate image as perceived by different stakeholders;
  • Consolidate and develop new responsible markets;
  • Improve working conditions and maximise productivity;
  • Attract and retain skilled labour;
  • Build customer loyalty and trust;
  • Adopt new innovative and digital practices.

Examples of Concrete Eco-responsible Practices per Sector

Implementation of regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices, such as;

  • Composting;
  • Mechanical weeding;
  • Reduction of pesticides and their risks to health and the environment;
  • Integrated weed and pest management;
  • The use of green manure, the reuse of waste as green manure or natural fertilizer to improve the soil and promote crops;
  • Re-use of by-products and rejects, re-use of by-products with partners, in order to feed animals;
  • The promotion of soil health and water quality;
  • Choosing eco-responsible packaging: enabling conservation and preservation, reducing the ecological footprint, using bags made from renewable plant sources that are 100% compostable;
  • Social involvement: involvement with organisations and associations, through sponsorship and local initiatives and encouraging the promotion and completion of projects.
  • Monitoring GHG emissions, setting up calculators to reduce emissions generated by the company’s fleet;
  • Setting up tracking systems of the means of transport used within the company;
  • Training of staff to promote energy saving in road freight transport, rational driving or “eco-driving”, given that CO2 emissions are directly related to the amount of fuel consumed;
  • Revising logistics systems for better environmental and economic sustainability;
  • Promotion of eco-responsible transport initiatives (carpooling, bus, free public transport, cycling);
  • Preparing all the information necessary for eco-responsible travel;
  • Setting up parking spaces reserved for bicycles and carpooling participants;
  • Offsetting GHG emissions by purchasing carbon credits;
  • Updating resource acquisition policies to take eco-responsibility into account when purchasing material and at its end-of-life cycle.
  • A sector facing major economic changes will reshape its business to respond to consumers who are looking for more responsible practices and an environmentally friendly service;
  • Movement towards agri-tourism, camping in a farm setting;
  • A guarantee of sustainable benefits/services;
  • A compensation for CO2 emissions.
Criteria for Eligibility
  • The business has fewer than 200 employees and has a commercial or industrial establishment within the Outaouais territory.
  • The business is a legally constituted for-profit or social economic organization registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec and incorporated under one of the following laws;
    • Companies Act, Part III
    • Canada Corporations Act, Part II
    • Cooperatives Act
  • The company is not majority-owned by a municipal entity or a Crown corporation and is not listed in the Business register as not being eligible for public contracts;
  • The majority shareholder of the business owns only one incorporated business having similar activities;
  • The financial viability of the company is based on more than 40% of autonomous income from its economic activities;
  • The business is financially sound and is not under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act or the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act;
  • The business does not have an ongoing project financed by the Fonds Écoleader;
  • The company is ready to commit to a global approach to sustainable development and recovery, to actively collaborate in the realization of an action plan promoting the adoption of eco-responsible practices and to devote the time and resources necessary to allow the realization of this plan.
Recruitment Adapted to you Availability

A flexible cohort covering several sectors with a 4-month recruitment period starting from March 1, 2021 to July 30, 2022, and lasting until the end of the project.

Cost of Unit Membership

The SADC and its partners, the Ecoleader Fund and the Grand Mouvement Desjardins Fund cover 79% of the total cost of support.

For more information about the Sustainable Recovery Cohort, please contact:

Moez Jouini
Sustainable Development Advisor
819 986-1747 ext. 205
mjouini@sadcpapineau.ca

This project is made possible through financial contributions from:

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