Our approach

We are working to integrate sustainability throughout our business processes and culture. We know we have a lot of work ahead. Providing leadership and working together with industry, government, Aboriginal peoples, and communities to balance priorities will be essential to becoming the world’s most sustainable port.

Our progress

Commitments made in 2015 Actions taken in 2017 Focus for 2018


Improve integration of sustainability considerations throughout all facets of board decisions.

Implemented changes to the governance model by combining two board committees and enhancing the reporting requirements to the board in regards to community concerns about port operations.

Continue to implement changes to the governance model, and begin the board review of the proposed sustainability metrics.


Assess our organizational culture to identify ways to further embed sustainability practices and engage employees.

Renewed our corporate values, and embedded sustainability pillars into internal communication and town hall meetings, to further engage port authority employees in our vision.

Evaluate our corporate culture and articulate a culture plan to contribute towards becoming the world’s most sustainable port.


Benchmark best practices of global ports and other industries to better understand what it means to be a sustainability leader.

Used findings from a scan of best practices among global ports to identify regional and international opportunities to be a sustainability leader.

Move forward with work on select leadership opportunities, including underwater noise and liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.


Develop sustainability priorities and goals, and evolve our strategy and planning process.

Initiated the process of developing sustainability performance metrics to help measure progress towards our vision, and prioritized a set of high-level metrics for development in 2018 and beyond.

Develop and refine draft definitions for high-level sustainability performance metrics, and finalize half of the metrics.


Re-evaluate our sustainability reporting practices to improve key performance indicators and create closer alignment with our strategic business planning processes.

Aligned corporate reporting content, and initiated a project to update our process for sustainability reporting to allow for more efficient, transparent and consistent reporting.

Create a process and framework to publish an online sustainability report beginning in 2019.

Our journey

In 2010 we embarked on a two-year scenario planning process with stakeholders called Port 2050, to improve our understanding of what the region may look like in the future. We identified four plausible scenarios for the long-term future, including one we believe is worth aspiring to: The Great Transition. This scenario represents a shift to a lower-carbon economy with a focus on sustainable trade that accommodates Canada’s trade needs while maintaining a healthy environment and enabling thriving communities.

We began in 2013 to engage industry, government, Aboriginal peoples, and communities in envisioning our shared future and defining what sustainability means for the Port of Vancouver. The resulting definition guides how the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority operates and plans for the future.

In 2016, we adopted a new vision: to be the world’s most sustainable port. Our vision is aspirational, ambitious and bold. We believe it is also necessary to ensure continued prosperity and livability for our region and country.

To learn more about our approach to sustainability, read our 2017 Sustainability Highlights brochure  [PDF]
or review past sustainability reports.