2013 - Retail & Consumer Products

Retail & Consumer Products

2013_ct-sedgwick

Carolyn Sedgwick

AVP, Corporate Strategy and Business Sustainability
Canadian Tire Sustainability Team

Tyler Elm leads sustainability at Canadian Tire as an innovation strategy that generates competitive advantage and bottom-line results and is integrated into financial reporting. In 2011, he and his team collaborated with the business to deliver 438 projects, avoiding $4,208,376 in costs, 6,931 tonnes of emissions and 2,450 tonnes of waste. The company’s financial disclosures now include four consecutive quarters of sustainability results.
 

Commitments for 2013: In September 2012 at the Clean50 Summit, most attendees made public commitments for things they would do to "further sustainability" over the next 12 months. Sedgwick's commitments were:

- I will commit to publishing my Clean50 follow-up actions
- I will educate my industry colleagues of the benefits of sustainability(dozens!)
- I will mentor one (or more) person(s) building a career in sustainability
- I will volunteer on the board of a sustainability-focused organization

In Addition: Honourees identified good ideas they liked and would do their best to support. Sedgwick's "Likes" were:

- I will facilitate a discussion in my industry about key sustainability metrics
- I will commit to publishing my Clean50 follow-up actions
- I will host a Clean50 event at which 50% of the attendees are skeptics
- I will work through my industry (or other sector) organization to share best practice and identify synergies
- I will raise sustainability during a dinner party, hockey game, checkout line, etc
- Nominate a politician for the 2014 Clean50
- I will choose a small business and mentor them to help them implement sustainability measurement, strategy, programming, etc
- I will Found or join an organization that will help community groups and low-income families take advantage of energy programs, e g , help them read bills, make choices, get involved