We asked four experts: Operating in an environmentally responsible way today means far more than reducing negative impacts to secure a licence to operate. How is your organization driving positive change and demonstrating environmental leadership?
President and CEO
Bayer CropScience Inc.
There has never been a more important time for innovation in agriculture. Our world faces vast challenges, from a changing climate to limited natural resources to a growing population. Agriculture is a major component of the Canadian economy and an area of business that relies heavily on our environment and natural resources; it is also integral to the health and well-being of a growing population. To help growers improve yields while maintaining their environmental practices, organizations like Bayer are investing heavily in the development of digital technologies to help improve industry practices. From sensors and satellites to smart irrigation systems, digital farming is just one way companies are supporting farmers to maintain successful businesses and make the industry even more sustainable for future generations.
VP, Safety, Health, Environment & Security
Nutrien is utilizing our purpose-driven culture and employee engagement to drive positive change. We are focusing on opportunities that go beyond compliance and enhance our environmental commitment. We are thinking beyond our permitted operational requirements and looking for new innovative opportunities to reduce our footprint. Further, we recognize we have many great environmental programs at our individual sites, and we are leveraging their learnings by sharing these best practices across the organization. The combination of employee engagement, expertise and innovation will enable Nutrien to succeed in its environmental vision.
VP, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
Export Development Canada
At Export Development Canada, ensuring that we continue to serve our customers and stakeholders in a responsible manner starts by implementing regular reviews and updates to the policies that govern our business. In January this year, we launched our new Climate Change Policy, which provides clarity on our approach to climate change-related risks and opportunities and includes key commitments to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. We are also proud to be a leader in helping cleantech companies go, grow and succeed internationally. Since 2012, EDC has supported more than $5-billion in cleantech exports to more than 100 countries around the world. Being a leader in industry best-practice is not only a crucial part of delivering our best effort for Canada, but also a great way to deliver value for Canadian exporters.
Canadians want a healthy environment, a stable climate and prosperous communities. Finding that balance requires collaboration, evidence-based decision-making and innovative, win-win solutions. Founded in central Alberta nearly 30 years ago, the Pembina Institute collaborates with partners in all industry sectors, with communities across the country, and with decision-makers across the political spectrum. Together we work to advance standards for responsible fossil fuel development and to accelerate the transition to a cleaner energy system that sustains a high quality of life. Because at our best, working together to find solutions is what Canadians do.
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