The Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) is a private non-profit organization founded in 1992 by businesses concerned with environmental and sustainable development issues. Its creation stems from an initiative of members of the Quebec Employers Council, who wanted that their positions and concerns on environmental issues be led by a specialized employer organization, composed of all the dynamic forces of businesses on this matter.
The Quebec Business Council on the Environment represents key industry and business sectors, including industry-specific business associations, whose activities may have an impact on the environment and who are therefore concerned with environmental and sustainable development issues. The CPEQ's role is to act as a spokesperson for Quebec companies on issues related to the environment and sustainable development and remain their reference point on these issues, by mobilizing, influencing, educating, raising awareness and informing. The CPEQ is active on the provincial, national and international level. The CPEQ comprises more than 245 companies and 30 associations among the most significant in Quebec, that generate more than 280,000 jobs and report combined revenues of more than 45 billion dollars
Environmental protection and the integration of the concept of sustainable development are both major concerns for today's society. Over the years, Quebec companies have had to "go green" by acknowledging the need to hire environment directors, adopting environmental policies, integrating Environmental Management Systems, reviewing operational procedures or by ensuring that their operations are in compliance with environmental regulations.
In this context, companies must now develop a holistic approach to the concept of sustainable development in order to act as catalysts in society whilst pursuing their objectives to improve living standards for citizens. To this end, they must now become more "proactive", whether by innovating in the field of alternative energy sources, by fostering initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or encouraging energy efficiency measures, by adopting responsible procurement measures, or by improving workplace quality of life or by increasing corporate involvement within the community.
The Quebec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ) is therefore a collective showcase where each company can assert their interests and concerns. It is the unified voice of Quebec companies on matters related to the environment and sustainable development and facilitates the coordination of actions in these fields.
Be the voice, the catalyst and forum through which local businesses operate, innovate and contribute to the protection of the environment and the implementation of sustainable development activities.
Representing the concerns and contributions of Quebec businesses among governments and various stakeholders in the environment and sustainable fields through:
- representations (lobbying);
- monitoring and information;
- the development of decision making tools;
- training sessions;
- building awareness.