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Sustainable Development – Corporate Responsibility Policy

The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and its Corporate Utility Members are committed to sustainable development, defined as pursuing progressive business strategies and activities that meet the needs of the present, while enhancing the environmental, social, and economic resources that will be needed in the future. This Policy outlines the collective sustainability vision, goals, and principles to be implemented by the CEA Corporate Utility Members.


Vision Statement


CEA Corporate Utility Members are trusted to provide energy services to current and future customers in an environmentally sustainable, safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner.


Program Goals


Integrate Sustainability
Integrate and embed sustainability within company operations and business models.

Continuous Improvement
Continuously improve environmental, social, and economic performance to meet our collective vision through innovative solutions, management approaches, and best practices.

Public Acceptance and Support for Utility Operations
Advance the public acceptance and support for utility operations through meaningful engagement, collaboration, transparency, and accountability.


Program Principles


CEA and its Corporate Utility Members are committed to the following principles:

Environmental Stewardship: Manage facilities and operations through a risk-based approach that avoids or minimizes impacts on the environment (air, land, and water) and supports ecosystem protection and conservation of biological diversity.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from facilities and operations, and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change on electricity infrastructure.

Employee, Contractor, and Public Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy workplace for employees and contractors, and promote public safety.

Human Resources and Workplace: Support fair recruitment, training, and talent retention processes that meet the needs of company operations while ensuring on-going employee satisfaction, well-being, and diversity.

Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency: Communicate and engage with stakeholders and partners in an open and transparent manner for all proposed and established operations and activities.

Aboriginal Engagement: Build mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal Peoples and communities based on trust and respect.

Economic Value and Community Investments: Provide economic benefits to shareholders, communities, and regions in which companies operate.

Electricity Demand, Efficiency and Conservation: Produce, deliver, and use electricity in an efficient manner while promoting energy conservation programs, including for low-income customers, as applicable to company operations.

Infrastructure Renewal and Modernization: Invest in the renewal and modernization of generation, transmission, and distribution systems to meet the current and future energy needs of customers in a safe, reliable, and cost-effective manner.

Business Model Pressures: Engage and work collaboratively with utility regulators, policy-makers, stakeholders, technology providers, and supply chain partners to meet evolving customer expectations and business requirements.




All Corporate Utility Members must have an Environmental Management System (EMS) consistent with ISO 14001:2004. No external registration is required.


External Verification


All Corporate Utility Members must undergo an external verification of performance once every four years.




Participation in the Sustainable Electricity Program is a condition of membership for Corporate Utility Members of CEA.




The Chair of the CEA Board Committee on Sustainability is accountable for monitoring and reporting progress on implementing this Policy on behalf of the CEA Board of Directors.

The CEA Corporate Utility Members are responsible for implementing this Policy within their organizations and facilitating the external verification of sustainability performance.



Approved by the CEA Board of Directors, November 25, 2014