2013 - Retail & Consumer Products

Retail & Consumer Products

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