Sustainable development action plan

Sustainable development action plan

Héma-Québec is committed to a sustainable development approach that addresses the social, economic and environmental aspects of its activities. This commitment is manifested though numerous practices and integrates new initiatives to reduce Héma-Québec’s environmental footprint.

Following are the principal measures of the 2009-2015 Héma-Québec sustainable development action plan:

Government objective 1

Increase awareness about the concept and principles of sustainable development and encourage sharing of sustainable development-related skills and experience and the assimilation of knowledge and know-how to facilitate implementation.

Objectives
Implement actions to contribute to the achievement of the government awareness and training plan.

Achieve the government objective by reaching 80% awareness among employees, with 50% having sufficient knowledge of sustainable development to apply these principles to their regular activities.
Actions
Action 1.1
Develop a communication plan that takes into account the different operating realities of personnel by using appropriate communication tools.

Action 1.2
Implement specific training plans to integrate the concept of sustainable development in day-to-day activities.
Timetable
2013
Metrics
% of personnel

Government objective 4

Develop and promote a culture of prevention and establish conditions that are conducive to health, safety and protection of the environment.

Objectives
Ensure that health and prevention promotion activities are set up within the organization.

Continue implementing the principle of precaution while taking into account that health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being that is closely tied to prevention. As human resources are central to the organization’s vision, this is a constant concern.
Actions
Action 4.1
Emphasize ongoing prevention measures, including the flu vaccination program, and continue the Health and Safety department meetings.
Timetable
Annual vaccination program

Quarterly meetings
Metrics
Number of employees vaccinated

Number of meetings

Government objective 6

Apply environmental management measures and an eco-responsible procurement policy in government departments and organizations.

Objectives
Reduce consumption of goods and resources and revalue these products.

Review certain approaches to reduce its activities’ environmental footprint, in accordance with regulations and good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
Actions
Action 6.1
Identify potential markets for which sustainable development criteria may be used, and use these criteria in calls for tenders and agreements.
Timetable
Ongoing
Metrics
Number of contracts

Government objective 7

Promote a reduction in energy and natural and material resources used in producing and marketing goods and services.

Objectives
Promote a reduction in energy and natural and material resources used in producing and marketing goods and services.
Actions
Action 7.1
Upgrade an energy consumption monitoring tool.

Action 7.2
Reduce energy consumption compared with reference year.
Timetable
Ongoing
Metrics
Consumption in GJ/m2

Government objective 14

Support families by making it easier to balance work, studies and personal life.

Objectives
Support families by making it easier to balance work, studies and personal life.
Actions
Action 14.1
Make measures to balance work and personal life available to more people.
Timetable
Ongoing
Metrics
Number of participating employees

Government objective 24

Increase citizens’ involvement in their communities.

Objectives
Ensure ongoing support for clientele and organizing committees.

Improve volunteer training.

Implement programs for donors and volunteers that take new social realities into account.

Encourage international outreach, exchange and cooperation.
Actions
Action 24.1
Promote blood donation in schools.

Action 24.2
Develop a training program for permanent volunteers on managing mobile clinic waiting times.

Action 24.3
Maintain the number of active volunteers at around 16,000.

Action 24.4
Take part in projects with international associations and organizations.
Timetable
Educational kit for elementary and high school students: April 2009

Promotional kit for college and university students: March 2010

Ongoing
Metrics
Number of educational kits distributed and number of school clinics held

Number of new donors

Number of complaints regarding waiting times

Number of volunteers trained

Recruit 125 student volunteers per year

Recruit 150 volunteers from community and compensatory work programs.

Given its interdependence with the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, culture is at the heart of sustainable development.

Here is the objective, taken from Agenda 21 de la culture du Québec, put forth by Héma-Québec to contribute to the quest for sustainable development through the consideration of culture:

Government direction 8

Encourage participation in community life.

Government objective 24

Increase citizens' involvement in their community.

Organizational objective

Increase civic engagement among Hema-Québec's members by focusing on participation in cultural recreation. 

Actions to contribute to the achievement of objective 5 of the Agenda 21 de la culture du Québec

“Promote the cultural vitality of citizens as well as their access to and participation in cultural life. Encourage amateur performance and cultural mediation. Include citizens in the cultural policy development process at all levels. Focus on cultural recreation as an opportunity for citizens to learn and become involved.”

Green Committee

The Green Committee supports sustainable development activities at Héma-Québec. Its mandate includes implementing certain activities contained in the organization’s sustainable development plan and supporting and collaborating with the person in charge of the sustainable development to fulfill Héma-Québec’s commitments in this area.