We support our employees, suppliers and service providers to go green.
Both Kamloops and Vancouver offices have secure bike storage and showering facilities for staff that choose to ride to work. In the spring of 2015, during our annual Bike to Work Week, staff collectively cycled over 1940 km and avoided 420 kg of CO2 emissions. We also encourage our employees to be green outside work; our Green Committee runs activities throughout the year to promote events such as Earth Day and Waste Reduction Week.
Reducing our environmental footprint wherever we do business is a key environmental goal.
BCLC is not a large organization, but we’re connected to many suppliers, service providers and retailers, and that means we have a role to play. Although we don't directly control all of these other groups, we can provide leadership in minimizing the environmental impact where we work, how we travel and in our interactions with British Columbians. Here are some of the ways that we’re working with our suppliers and service providers:
- We have launched a Sustainable Procurement Policy that factors in supplier social responsibility principles as well as pricing and other criteria.
- Following a successful trial, we’ve introduced a thinner lottery paper, which should reduce the number of rolls we purchase for our lottery retail terminals each year.
- We partnered with one of our community gaming centres (CGC) to help them with an energy audit. The audit identified opportunities for the CGC to reduce electricity and natural gas consumption which leads to both an environmental and financial win.
- We are working on a pilot project with two service providers to track and monitor their building energy consumption through BCLC’s online reporting tool. Tracking this data over time will provide energy managers with better information to invest in energy-saving measures.