The SHIFT is about changing direction, making a new start with a unique vision, an innovative systemic approach to integrate positive change for its clients.
The SHIFT is a group of committed experts and creative sparring partners who have worked with the world's largest sports events as well as the corporate and non-profit industry.
Their mission is to contribute to a sustainable, healthy and thriving society that integrates planetary boundaries and social justice in an exciting and innovative manner.
The SHIFT draws its inspiration from the world of sport, its universal values, adrenaline and emotion.
The SHIFT provides measurable and scalable solutions to drive leadership and positive change. Theyfocus on impact and thrive in doing business as unusual.
Through a 360 degree integrated and innovative business approach, they aim to maximizing the contribution of companies, projects and leaders to people, planet and prosperity.
Neil Beecroft was responsible for sustainable development at UEFA EURO 2016 football tournament in France. In 2020, he was Head of Sustainability for the Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games. As B Corp Leader, Neil encourages the way in which business innovation and sustainability can positively influence the organisational model of sports and the industry. He is also Head of the Omega European Masters and is the CoFounder of the StartUp PuraWorka and the NGO Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI). Recently, Neil achieved a certificate in disruptive innovation at IMD Business School and is ready to blend this field with sustainability.
Philippe Furrer spent the largest part of his career with the IOC, in various senior roles. In recent years, he spearheaded the IOC Young Leaders programme and contributed to the development of the innovative Global Active City model. He founded his own advisory firm insPoweredBy in 2019. Philippe holds several academic degrees in geoscience, sports science, business leadership and sustainable finance. He leads several social business initiatives and believes in cross-disciplinary approaches as the only way to solve today’s complex social and environmental challenges. Forest bathing and running is Philippe’s best option to stimulate his creativity and recharge his batteries.
Geert Hendriks worked for two decades in both the private and public sector before transitioning into the sport industry. Since 2012 he managed projects on sustainability, legacy and education with six Olympic Games as well as 50+ different international sports organisations across all continents. Geert is a Founding Director of the international NGO Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) and has co-created since 2014 multiple associations using sport to empower refugees and youth. Geert has won the Peace & Sport Award 2016 as well as the UIM Environment Award for his work on the Sustainable Sport & Events Centre. Geert has published a variety of books and is currently studying Social Business Strategies at the Harvard Business School. Being Dutch of origin, he commutes to the office on his bicycle and is a passionate player of any sport that involves a ball, in particular korfball.
Anne-Cécile Turner is an award-winning sustainability expert. She is currently Founder and CEO of Blueshift, agency created in 2009, specialised in sustainability consultancy. Anne-Cécile was also the Director of Race for Water Foundation to identify, implement and promote solutions for a new social circular economy around plastic waste. She is The Ocean Race (previously called Volvo Ocean Race)’s Sustainability Director, creating a platform for change, engaging world leaders, Academia, Institutions, private sector and philanthropists to accelerate ocean health restoration. Experienced in driving positive change through international platforms, her work is supported by her impressive qualifications and training from Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program, The Tavistock Institute and WWF. Meaningful Business ambassador, passionate sailor, amateur triathlete she also loves lighthouses and Modigliani!
Albert is leading a charge against climate change; bringing the film and TV industries together to tackle our environmental impact and inspiring screen audiences to act for a sustainable future.
We believe that our creative industries represent the greatest opportunity to protect our planet.
Founded in 2011 and governed by an industry consortium, we support everyone working in film and TV to understand their opportunities to create positive environmental change.
Albert has recently created a new entity exclusively dedicated to sport : Albert Sport, with the aim to tackle even more precisely the sustainability challenges of broadcasters active in sport
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.
Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.
IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.
Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.
Biological diversity, or biodiversity in short, is defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as the ‘.. variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems’. Biodiversity supports valuable ecosystem services that are essential for the survival and healthy functioning of human society and its economic activities.
The links between Sport and Biodiversity
Sport can have significant negative impacts on biodiversity, through the construction and use of sports venues and the staging of sporting events. Sport can negatively impact biodiversity through land use to build permanent or temporary sports venues and facilities, as well as through the pollution, noise, waste, lighting, traffic, and resource demand resulting from the staging of sporting events attended by hundreds or thousands of spectators. At the same time, sport, through its global reach, can be an important catalyst for raising awareness about the need for biodiversity conservation, and promoting and supporting efforts to enhance biodiversity.
Understanding and managing the potential negative impacts and opportunities for conservation is vital for ensuring that sports venues and sporting events deliver successfully both from the financial and operational standpoint. Unmanaged or poorly managed biodiversity impacts can lead to financial, regulatory, operational, and reputational risks. On the other hand, timely and effective action to mitigate risks and enhance conservation can help venues and event planners and organisers increase their social license to operate, more easily attract future sporting events, establish long-term positive relationships with communities and the media, and attract sponsors.
Mitigating negative impacts on biodiversity
The construction of new sports venues, the installation of temporary venues and associated facilities, and the use and refurbishment of existing venues can all impact on biodiversity. The type of risks and opportunities will vary, depending mainly on the location of the venue (i.e. whether it is sited in an urban area or in the natural environment, and the importance of that environment for biodiversity) and on its size. While the impacts may be broader, more severe, and more obvious in a natural, undeveloped area, where it is often necessary to construct access roads, power supply infrastructure, and water and sewer infrastructure (amongst others), there are also risks to developing in urban areas, where many species make their homes within the built environment.
The staging of sporting events in both urban and natural settings can impact biodiversity through the presence of large numbers of spectators, who increase noise, vibration, pollution, waste generation, and traffic. Other risks to biodiversity from sporting events include oil or fuel spills, sewage discharge, light pollution, increased use of chemicals and fertilisers, and increased demand for natural resources.
To address these potential impacts, developers should first comply with all legal and statutory requirements relating to biodiversity. Beyond compliance, the recommended way to manage biodiversity impacts effectively is through the mitigation hierarchy of avoidance, minimisation, restoration, and offsetting of residual impacts. Preventive mitigation measures (avoidance and minimisation) are always preferable to corrective measures (restoration and offsets).
Maximising opportunities for biodiversity conservation
Sporting events and their associated facilities can leverage opportunities to promote and support biodiversity conservation through a variety of activities and initiatives, including:
• enhancing natural habitats in urban environments by restoring degraded sites, connecting fragmented habitats, building ‘green’ rooftops and living walls, installing man-made habitats for wildlife, increasing the diversity of plant species, and incorporating plantings in their project design that provide additional habitat and benefits to local fauna and flora;
• increasing the area under protection through on-site or off-site protection of natural features;
• generating funds and increasing awareness for protected area management by staging low-impact sporting events, such as running or mountain biking, within or partially within protected areas;
• raising public awareness about biodiversity through the use of biodiversity elements as mascots or as part of an event’s logo, and the creation of public exhibits and educational programs, as well as through sports commentators and individual, high-profile athletes;
• increasing available knowledge and data by sharing biodiversity inventories and baseline information that may be required as part of venue development with conservation organisations and research institutions; and
• generating biodiversity benefits through projects designed to offset the carbon footprint of a venue or event.
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IUCN, in collaboration with IOC, has developed a series of guides designed to help decision makers understand and manage these potential impacts, as well as for maximising opportunities to use sport as a way to promote and enhance biodiversity conservation.
Read more about the Guides: Sport and Biodiversity published by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in 2018
Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI) is a non-profit Swiss association that seeks to accelerate sustainability in and through sport. SandSI is a global membership organisation, bringing together both sport and non-sport entities as well as athletes and scholars from all continents, using one common language: sport. Through its programmes, SandSI strives to have a positive impact on climate, waste and health, aligning itself with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 SandSI Goals are:
The Sustainability Report is an independent platform that provides economic, social and environmental intelligence for the sports industry. We showcase leadership, strategy, research and innovation through in-depth analysis, insightful podcasts, research-driven reports, and engaging animations. The Sustainability Report is published by Touchline, a multilingual international agency specialising in sustainability, sport and reporting
Touchline is an international communications agency specialising in sustainability and sport. For more than two decades we’ve helped leading sports organisations engage their key stakeholders by telling their most impactful stories, delivering multilingual, multi-platform content and reports. We work for the IOC, FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, World Rugby and the ICC, among others. Through our independent platform, The Sustainability Report, we provide economic, social and environmental intelligence for the sports industry. Touchline is a certified carbon neutral organisation.
Ecoathletes is an experienced team of athletes and academics, climate scientists and ecopreneurs, green business leaders and journalists, devoted to finding the Jackie Robinsons and the Megan Rapinoes of climate change and getting them to join the fight.
EcoAthletes delivers engaging, interactive, customized education for athletes that empowers them to speak out confidently on climate change. They also offer athletes individual climate-focused mentorship, personal brand building, or opportunities for career development.
Led by the Czech Olympic Committee, and co-financed by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union, the ASAP project has for its mission to enable project partners to create, adopt and start implementing integrated sustainability strategies in their organisations, and/or improve the sustainability of their operations.
By translating existing recommendations, guidelines, and best practises into a practical hands-on approach, and by giving this approach a strategic framework, the project helps partner organisations integrate sustainability into the very core of their operations, into their purpose.
To do so, the three years-long project uses a mentor-mentee working method bringing together “sustainability-experienced” National Olympic Committees (Denmark, Finland, Germany) with “sustainability beginners” (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia). Roadmap for the creation of an integrated sustainability strategy will be created as a practical tool for any sport organisation.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET is part of a global dynamic that supports sports clubs and events by in developing and strengthening your eco-performance.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET promotes a model of economic and social development that is based on concern for the environment.
FAIR PLAY FOR PLANET is a communication and gathering platform for committed, responsible and forward-thinking sport.
Our various services encourage individuals, sports clubs to set up concrete, quantifiable and profitable actions in the service of the environment.
WHO began when UN Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date that is now celebrated every year as World Health Day. WHO includes more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at its headquarters in Geneva.
WHO's priority in the area of health systems is moving towards universal health coverage. WHO works with policy-makers, global health partners, civil society, academia and the private sector to help countries develop and implement sound national health plans. In addition, WHO helps countries to provide equitable, integrated, people-centred and affordable health services; facilitate access to affordable, safe and effective health technologies; and strengthen their health information systems and evidence-based health policies.
WHO recently signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to jointly promote health through sport and physical activity.
In addition, WHO is working with the United Nations (UN) and FIFA to support the #BeActive campaign, launched on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and invite each and every one of us to stay #HealthyAtHome, while the whole world comes together to fight the COVID19 epidemic on a daily basis.
South Pole works with businesses and governments across the globe. They help realise deep decarbonisation pathways across industries, based on a thorough understanding of climate risks and opportunities in specific sectors, as well as the highest emission reduction standards.
South Pole purpose: Act today for a better tomorrow
Financing the goals of the Paris climate agreement calls for a fundamental shift in the global economy. South Pole success hinges on re-allocating capital at scale, unlocking substantial investments, being nimble and seizing opportunities.
South Pole vision: Climate action for all
The moral case for climate action is clear - failing to meet the climate and sustainable development challenge would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty, with devastating social and economic consequences globally. Moreover, millions of new green jobs are already being created through climate actions across sectors. Climate and human development are sides of the same coin. South Pole strives for a world where businesses, governments and communities make climate action the new normal.
South Pole mission: Accelerate the transition to a climate-smart society
Siouth Pole team of over 350 social entrepreneurs globally are developing innovative solutions tailored to the needs of specific organisations and entire sectors.
Among others, South Pole support FIFA, UEFA and FIA
The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change.
UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.
Sports organizations can display climate leadership by engaging together in the climate neutrality journey. They can achieve this by taking responsibility for their climate footprint, which in turn will incentivize climate action beyond the sports sector, and therefore help global ambition step-up in the face of the threat posed by climate change.
UN Climate Change invites sports organizations and their stakeholders to join a new climate action for sport movement. This initiative aims at supporting and guiding sports actors in achieving global climate change goals.
Uniting behind a set of principles, sports organizations and their communities have created an initiative by collaborating in order to position their sector on the path of the low carbon economy that global leaders agreed on in Paris: Sports for Climate Action.
This initiative is concretized by the creation of the Sport For Climate Action Framework.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture.
UNESCO developed a series of initiatives and programmes dedicated to sport policies, physical education and physical activities. These includes
The Youth and Sport Task Force is another initiative of the UNESCO. It represents creative, passionate and innovative young leaders across Asia and the Pacific who use sport as a tool for positive social change in their communities.
The youth are in control. They design their own programmes, determine their own priorities and collectively, decide on the strategic direction of the Task Force. UNESCO supports the Task Force by providing opportunities for the members to promote and enhance their work by connecting with each other and with regional and global opportunities for growth and capacity building.
All programmes represented by the Task Force are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We are cultivating a community of young change-makers who are already making a big impact, by youth, with youth, for youth.
Additional information available at https://www.youthandsport.org/
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. In partnerhip with the International Olympic Committee, UN Women launched the Sport or Generation Equality initiative which aims to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through sport. The sports movement is invited to join the Initiative to accelerate progress on a set of common principles and aligned objectives that will harness the power of sport in making gender equality a reality within and through sport. Other initiatives have been taken by UN Women in collaboration with various sport governing bodies. The most relevant can be found here : https://www.unwomen.org/en/search-results?keywords=sport
The THF empowers refugees and displaced persons worldwide by training them in the sport and martial art of taekwondo. It supports them with necessary equipment, infrastructure and related educational programs teaching the values of Olympism and global citizenship. By doing so, it improves their quality of life in refugee camps and their future prospects as global citizens. In a secondary mission, the THF helps WT carry out its responsibility as an international federation. It offers WT members and clubs the opportunity to do good by donating to or volunteering for THF programs. The THF is the brainchild of World Taekwondo, or WT. The two organizations share the same president, Dr. Chungwon Choue; the WT supports the THF in some of its operations; and the two organizations share office space in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, the THF is not part of the WT. It is a charitable foundation established under Swiss law in April 2016. The two bodies, the THF and WT, are financially and organizationally independent. The THF was officially announced to the world in a speech to the UN Headquarters in New York by Dr. Choue on Sept. 21, 2015.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Millions of people are living, working and learning in LEED-certified buildings around the world.
The International Basketball Foundation (IBF) was founded in 2008 by FIBA, the International Basketball Federation. The Foundation is the social, educational and legacy arm of FIBA that addresses the role of sports and particularly basketball in society, preserving and promoting basketball’s values and its cultural heritage. Its main areas of activities are educational programmes for administrators, the management of FIBA’s archives, the establishment, housing and promotion of basketball's history and memorabilia as well as the FIBA Hall of Fame. It also owns and manages the House of Basketball, FIBA’s worldwide headquarters. The Foundation is active in fundraising and attracting and establishing a pool of donators. Mission
Planet Super League is a new idea in sustainability. Our mission is to use the power of football to engage fans in action on the environment. We plan to launch a global competition, where fan groups play to win points by going green. Supporters declare their allegiance to their chosen club and the points they win are collected over the season, with the winning team lifting the trophy in a star-studded televised event at the end of year. Football has the ability to break down barriers, talk to billions of people and mobilise their enormous fan bases (some bigger than countries!). Twinned with the competitive nature of sport, it’s an unbelievable chance to make a positive change to our planet.
Phase 3 is a firm that aims to creates sustainable revenues for brands and sports properties. Phase 3 work to influence sustainable behavior change among sports fans inspired by their club's green operations and values. Phase 3 leverage sustainability-based strategies and practices that increase sales, reduce costs, engage Millennial & Gen Z fans, align with the community, and provide authentic corporate social responsibility and sports sustainability.
Lew Blaustein launched GreenSportsBlog in 2013 to cover the increasingly busy intersection of Green & Sports. From LEED certified venues to zero waste games to eco-athletes, GSB has Green-Sports covered. Our audience includes league commissioners, venue and team executives, corporate sponsors and more.
The World Sailing Trust is a global charity established to support sailing in all its forms. They work to promote participation and access, support young sailing athletes, and safeguard waters for future generations. The World Sailing Trust was set up by World Sailing to catalyse change. World Sailing, as the global governing body for the sport, is uniquely positioned to influence and affect change across the global sailing community, and will work with the World Sailing Trust to generate impact around the world. Using its collective influence, and working in partnership with individuals and organisations around the world, the World Sailing Trust has the opportunity to inspire greater participation across the globe and establish far-reaching partnerships to safeguard the future of sailing and our planet’s waters. The World Sailing Trust has closely aligned its goals with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda, both setting specific targets to be achieved by 2030.
11th Hour Racing works with the sailing community and maritime industries to advance solutions and practices that protect and restore the health of our ocean. Inspired by and furthering the mission of The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing embraces sponsorships, grantees, and ambassadors who integrate sustainability into their values and operations while educating, innovating and inspiring people with the critical message of ocean stewardship.
The Green Blue is the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, established in 2005 at the Southampton Boat Show. As a boating community we enjoy getting out on the water and experiencing the beautiful environment around us. We therefore play an important role in helping to protect our marine and inland waters and safeguard the wildlife and habitats with which we share our boating environment. Our Aim: To inspire sustainable recreational boating for cleaner, healthier waters by: – Identifying and raising awareness of key environmental issues – Providing tailored information, guidance and an array of resources to support recreational boating in adopting and sharing best practice – Delivering environmental awareness talks, presentations, workshops, event stands, educational activities and instructor training – Discovering and raising awareness of more environmentally sustainable products and services – Working closely with government agencies and bodies such as DEFRA, Natural England and the Environment Agency – Developing partnerships and projects with other organisations, trusts, charities and businesses.
When 5T was founded in 2008, two strong market forces were emerging – global financial recession and escalating climate change risks to sports operations.
Sensing the need for the industry to adapt for the future, 5T began building their practice around 3 key pillars: Sustainability, Technology and Community. The sports properties and partners who use their resources responsibly, deploy technology for efficiencies and strengthen their connection to their communities will weather the downcycle, but set themselves on course for long-term businesssustainability.
As a sports organization, sports brand, host city or partner, they work to make their client stronger. Because at the end of the day, we’re fans, too. And we want the game to go on forever.
5T Sports developped an index of initiatives accross the sport community which is available here : https://5tsports.com/case-studies-articles-and-infographics/
SOS Kit Aid mission is to recycle sports kit for the benefit of young people in the UK and overseas so they are given a sporting chance. They make a positive and tangible impact on children’s lives by giving them the chance to participate in sporting activities; promote social inclusion; and protect the environment. SOS Kit Aid vision is to give all children access to sport, and in doing so, reduce the volume of sports kit in landfill sites.
Paddle for the Planet is a movement that unites paddlers and watermen for conservation. Our signature event is the annual Global Paddling Relay. The relay runs with simultaneous paddling events starting sequentially, on the same day, at the same time, in every time zone, in each country around the world thereby creating a global relay. Paddlers of any type of paddling craft (think: anything that floats) are united through the Global Relay. Paddle for the Planet aims to raise awareness and financial support for marine conservation specifically in “Marine Protected Areas” and “no take zones”.
MyClimate belongs to the global leaders in voluntary quality offsetting measures. With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies. Through their interactive and action-oriented educational programmes, myclimate encourages everyone to make a contribution towards our future. With this goal over 20,000 pupils and more than 8,000 apprentices have been reached in Switzerland and a worldwide network of 1,600 students and young professionals has been established. Moreover the foundation offers consultancy on integrated climate protection with tangible added value. myclimate provides this through analyses, IT solutions, labels and resource management. Services range from simple carbon footprints for businesses over sophisticated product life cycle assessments (LCA) to performance management. Its clients include large, medium and small businesses, public administrations, non-profit organisations, event organisers and private individuals. Through its partner organisations myclimate is represented in other countries as well.
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is a national nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment.
NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Montana, and Beijing. The NRDC issued a comprehensive report "Game Changer - How the Sport Industry is saving the environment" available here : https://www.nrdc.org/resources/game-changer-how-sports-industry-saving-environment
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is active in mountain bike advocacy, focused on trails and access, for all types of mountain bikers in all parts of the United States of America. Since 1988, IMBA have taught and encouraged low-impact riding, grassroots advocacy, sustainable trail design, innovative land management practices and cooperation among trail user groups. IMBA is a national network of local groups, individual riders and passionate volunteers working together for the benefit of the entire community.
The Sport Ecology Group is a community of academics seeking to share our research with a broader audience than traditional academic journals will allow. The Sport Ecology Group is guided by a simple vision: imagine if all people understood and supported the environment with the same interest and passion they showed their favorite sports teams.
Our mission? To build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
BASIS endorses the approach, principles, values and objectives contained in the Earth Charter. BASIS recognise the aims, definitions and structure provided by The European Sports Charter, especially Article 10 which refers specifically to sport and sustainable development. It requires that sporting activities be adjusted to the planet’s limited resources and are carried out in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and balanced management of the environment. This includes planning and building facilities as well as their operation, and increasing the knowledge and understanding of participants, including athletes and fans.
Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) empower sport to do more for the world with less footprint. SEA VISION is to empower the sport industry to better engage with the circular economy. SEA live by the MISSION of leading, educating, and inspiring the sport community members to live, work, play, and spectate more sustainably in Australasia.
The Council for Responsible Sport is a non-profit organization with a vision of a world where responsibly produced events are the norm. Its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
The Council’s vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm and its mission is to provide objective, independent verification of the socially and environmentally responsible work event organizers are doing and to actively support event organizers who strive to make a difference in their communities.
The current version of the Council’s Certification standards (v.4.2) was developed by an outside working group of both sustainability and sport industry experts, reviewed by a wide range of stakeholders throughout 2013 and implemented in January 2014.
The PlayGreen project is an UEFA endorsed initiative dedicated to ensure a sustainable future in sport in Europe. With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, six organisations have partnered up to raise awareness and build capacities about environmental sustainability in sport all across Europe. More specifically PlayGreen follows two specific objectives: 1. Create volunteering opportunities focused on sport and environment for young people to engage in sport, by testing and promoting a new volunteering format. 2. Create a European network of organisations enhancing sustainability in grassroots sports through volunteering programs and sharing of good practices.
sportanddev.org is an online resource and communication tool dedicated entirely to sport and development. Sportanddev has three main goals:
Beyond Sport is a global organisation that promotes, supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world. We do this through convening, supporting and advising the worlds of sport, business, government, and development on how sport can be used as a tool to achieve both social and business objectives. Since 2009, Beyond Sport has held major events in London, New York, Chicago, Cape Town, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Glasgow and Johannesburg; provided over $8 million worth of funding and support to projects across six continents addressing a range of social issues
Peace and Sport brings together and develops partnerships between the Peace (NGOs, UN Agencies, Academics), the Sport (Olympic Family, International Federations, National Olympic Committees, Athletes) and the Political worlds with the aim of implementing and ensuring the sustainability of field programs, maximizing the use of sport for development and peace and leading social transformation in every area of the world affected by poverty or social instability. Peace and Sport is built around four key pillars: Mobilize, Connect, Demonstrate, Advocate. The organization takes concrete action to prove the federating, educational and social impact of sport through sport diplomacy initiatives and field programs with the support of our Champions for Peace club.
ICSSPE was founded in the late 1950s with the aims of maintaining an inclusive perspective on the different disciplines of sport, sport science and physical education, and of furthering a continuing collaboration between them. It brings together a wide range of scientific and professional organisations of various sport branches and disciplines, and creates the possibility for interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the principal United Nations human rights entity. The General Assembly gives the High Commissioner and her Office a single mandate to promote and protect all human rights. The United Nations Human Rights Programme aims to ensure that the protection and enjoyment of human rights are a reality for all. OHCHR also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the integrity of the three interconnected pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, human rights, and development.
SIGA works towards a vision of sport played and governed under the highest integrity standards, free from any form of unethical, illicit and criminal activity, to safeguard sports values and ensure its positive impact and benefits to all citizens. The mission of SIGA is to provide global leadership, promote good governance and safeguard the integrity of sport through a set of universal standards operated by an independent, neutral and global body.
The Swiss Academy for Developpment is a centre of excellence for sport and development. SAD use sport and play to empower disadvantaged children and young people in Switzerland and internationally to become healthy, educated and employed citizens. SAD’s vision is a world where children and young people are engaged, healthy, educated and employed citizens. SAD use sport and play to sustainably transform the lives of disadvantaged young people, enabling them to flourish.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of wilderness preservation, and the reduction of human impact on the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. WWF is the world's largest conservation organization with over five million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 3000 conservation and environmental projects.
Terre des hommes is an international children's aid charitable humanitarian umbrella organization with independent organizations in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Syria. It was founded in 1960 by Edmond Kaiser in Lausanne, Switzerland. Through their health, protection and emergency relief programmes, Tdh provides assistance to over four million children and their families in more than 40 countries each year.
Founded in 2009, The 5 Gyres Institute has taken on 19 research expeditions in all 5 subtropical gyres as well as many of the world’s lakes and rivers in search of plastic. The 5 Gyres Institute is a nonprofit organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017.
Lonely Whale is an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful change on behalf of our ocean. Inspired by the power of community to create the change we need to ensure a healthy planet, we are working towards a new era of radical collaboration, together facilitating the creation of innovative ideas that push the boundary on current trends in technology, media and advocacy that positively impact the health of our ocean.
Wherever we are, we are connected to the sea. The ocean provides us with the oxygen we breathe and the climate that sustains us. We need a healthy ocean for our own survival. Plastic pollution is killing wildlife, devastating oceans and threatening the health of our planet. Plastic represents a disconnection. It’s a material designed to last forever that we often use only once. Poorly managed plastic leaks into the sea. The ocean is downhill from everywhere.Through education that inspires participation, Take 3 is building a global movement of people who are connected to the planet.
We envision a world free of plastic bags and where the young generation are empowered to take action. Our mission is to empower people to do what is right through education, campaigns, and political meetings. Start making that difference one bag at a time.
We’re a community dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife. We fight long and hard to protect what we love and we won’t stop until it’s completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever. From humble beginnings in Porthtowan Village Hall in 1990, we’ve stayed close to our roots and continue to be based just up the road at our St Agnes HQ where we can keep an eye on the sea.
A grassroots, local nonprofit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers, just like you! We inspire local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands- on beach cleanups. We also coordinate educational programs, team building corporate cleanups, waste diversion services, public awareness campaigns and we help others organize their own beach cleanups.
The Green Sports Alliance is an environmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world (teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans) to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. The Green Sports Alliance is committed to creating awareness and dedicated to creating meaningful change towards a more sustainable future. They share resources, experience, and expertise to raise awareness of what’s environmentally possible in sports, business, and society. They mobilize sports organizations, communities, athletes, and fans to create sustainable progress and behavior change.
Building on a history of social and environmental value at the roots of the game, golf is poised to emerge as a leader in sustainable sport and business. In many ways, from ecosystem services and conservation of wildlife, to health and well-being for all ages, to jobs and economic value through local supply chains, golf is good for nature and communities. Following years of research and professional expertise, the industry is in a new phase of activity working to collectively and credibly represent its contribution while also pledging to do more and more. This effort is delivered in partnership with GEO Foundation, the international non-profit dedicated entirely to providing a credible and practical sustainability system for golf.
The Carbon Trust are an expert partner for businesses, governments and organisations around the world – supporting them in realising ambitious plans for a sustainable, low carbon future. They consider that environmental sustainability and economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand.
The Carbon Trust certified Envision Virgin Racing (Formula E Team) carbon neutral in August 2020.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is an organisation based in the United Kingdom which supports companies and cities to disclose the environmental impact of major corporations.
It aims to make environmental reporting and risk management a business norm, and drive disclosure, insight and action towards a sustainable economy.
Since 2002 over 8,400 companies have publicly disclosed environmental information through CDP.
CDP piggybacked on GRI's concept of environmental disclosure in 2002, focusing on individual companies rather than on nations.
At the time CDP had just 35 investors signing its request for climate information and 245 companies responding.
Today, nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions are reported through CDP
The Dow Chemical Company is a chemical corporation among the three largest chemical producers in the world.
Dow manufactures plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products.
Dow combines the power of sport and science with the power of collaboration to catalyze action on climate change and help build a sustainable future. Our strategic partnerships with organizations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to International Sports Federations advance best-in-class technologies and deliver sustainability gains to society. Sport is our starting point. A sustainable future is our destination.
In 2017, Dow was appointed the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee(IOC). As a result, Dow has developed a collaborative carbon mitigation program using the power of science and the platform of sport to balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC and bring societal benefits.
Since then, Dow has been working with customers, value chain partners and industry leaders to introduce innovative carbon projects in the Built Environment, Packaging, and Manufacturing & Energy sectors that are focused on accelerated adoption of existing low carbon solutions.
Our Impact Since 2014
Dow has a rich legacy in the world of sports. Dow was the Official Carbon Partner of the Organizing Committees of the Olympic Games Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 and is now not only a Worldwide Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement but also the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In these roles, Do has brought materials science expertise, technologies and science-based solutions to develop and implement carbon mitigation programs and deliver climate benefits that extend the program's reach and influence globally.
To date, the cumulative GHG reductions from Dow’s three carbon programs, which include Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and the IOC programs, have reached more than 5 million tonnes of CO2e. By 2026, the programs are expected to exceed 6 million tonnes in CO2 reductions.
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Within these reports, we describe Dow’s efforts to build capacity, drive change and achieve the adoption of low-carbon technologies. We hope the lessons learnt will provide actionable advice to organizations across sectors to help build effective partnerships and accelerate the introduction of more sustainable technologies globally.
Sustainable Future Programs: The Triple Win Opportunity
Collaborating in new and meaningful ways is essential for the transition to a sustainable society. Through our “Leading the Blueprint” 2025 Sustainability Goal, Dow is focused on developing collaborative blueprints that integrate public policy solutions, science and technology, and value chain innovation.
Our Sustainable Future programs are designed to support sustainability strategies of partners and create a positive and lasting legacy, while also offering a collaborative blueprint that others can follow.
We leverage Dow’s broad technology portfolio in applications that have the potential to generate significant long-term climate benefits including:
The Dow Climate Solutions Framework
Our Sustainable Future programs follow the principles outlined in Dow’s Climate Solutions Framework.
Dow has created an innovative Climate Solutions Framework to encourage wider adoption of technologies and activities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Originally developed for events, the Framework allows organizations, in collaboration with industry partners, to implement a structured, yet flexible, approach to quantify and offset the impacts of their activities while also leaving a positive legacy through the adoption of innovative low-carbon technologies. Incorporating existing best practices in GHG measurement and reporting, The Framework takes a rigorous approach to the development of a portfolio of GHG mitigation projects.
GHG Protocol establishes comprehensive global standardized frameworks to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private and public sector operations, value chains and mitigation actions.
Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations.
GHG Protocol offer online training on our standards and tools, as well as the “Built on GHG Protocol” review service, which recognizes sector guidance, product rules and tools that are in conformance with GHG Protocol standards.
Project Play 2024, a cross-sector initiative guided by the Aspen Institute and collective impact principles, was originally formed in 2017 under the name Project Play 2020. The groundbreaking initiative mobilizes industry organizations to increase youth sport participation rates and related metrics among youth through age 12. Participating organizations develop shared goals and take mutually reinforcing actions aligned with the initiative’s Theory of Change. The metrics KPI) of interest to the group:
In 2017, the group focused primarily on two strategic areas where many members have influence, Train All Coaches and Encourage Sport Sampling, two of the eight “plays” in the Project Play framework for getting and keeping kids active through sports. Engaging parents was also identified as a shared opportunity. In all three areas, tools were created and actions were taken to drive progress.
In 2020, this initiative enters its second phase, which will span from 2020-2024. Entitled Project Play 2024, this phase will continue its focus on increasing participation rates for kids through age 12, particularly low-income youth and girls, through a variety of mechanisms. In addition, the group will consolidate its energies around how to make quality, affordable, community-based sport the dominant option for youth through age 12.
The Aspen Institute serves as the backbone organization for the effort, with staff dedicated to coordinating activities and helping members identify their mutually reinforcing actions. Aspen facilitates continuous communication among members, hosts biannual in-person meetings, captures data, supports the development of tools and resources, elevates successes at the Project Play Summit, and recruits and vets members and affiliates.
The Global Reporting Initiative (known as GRI) is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption.
Under increasing pressure from different stakeholder groups – such as governments, consumers and investors – to be more transparent about their environmental, economic and social impacts, many companies publish a sustainability report, also known as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) report. GRI’s framework for sustainability reporting helps companies identify, gather and report this information in a clear and comparable manner. First launched in 2000, GRI’s sustainability reporting framework is now the most widely used by multinational organizations, governments, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), NGOs and industry groups in more than 90 countries.
The Centre for Sport and Human Rights is a human rights organisation for the world of sport.
The Centre's role is to work towards a world of sport that fully respects human rights through collective action and through the promotion of the Sporting Chance Principles.
The Centre's aims are threefold:
Sport has the power to be a uniting force for good in society in ways little else can. By harnessing this power and acting collectively, the diversity of actors involved in the world of sport have the potential to deliver concrete impacts for those affected by sport.
Through our Advisory Council, the Centre brings together an unprecedented alliance of intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports bodies, athletes, hosts, sponsors, broadcasters, civil society representatives, trade unions, employers and their associations, and national human rights institutions. These organisations have come together united in the understanding that there is a generation of work to be done to fully align the world of sport with the fundamental principles of human dignity, human rights, and labour rights.
The Centre performs a range of activities under a framework of sharing knowledge, building capacity, and increasing accountability. The Centre’s work is rooted in normative international human rights standards. In fulfilling this mandate, the Centre is committed to being independent, principles-based, inclusive, diverse, collaborative, accessible, and trusted.
The Centre is an impartial convenor and a safe space for aligning multi-stakeholder action. Within all activities there is an explicit focus on supporting governments, host actors, sports governing bodies, international federations, and companies. Each has a unique role to play in promoting human rights and implementing their duties and responsibilities to: prevent harms in line with the Sporting Chance Principles, take a clear cross-cutting focus on strengthening access to effective remedies for affected groups, and communicate transparently on progress towards full implementation.
The Centre's work is framed to be responsive to key stakeholders affected by sport – the athletes, communities, workers, volunteers and officials, journalists, and fans – as well as cross-cutting groups that may have particular vulnerabilities – namely, children, human rights defenders, women and girls, LGBTI+ people, people with disabilities, migrants, minority and ethnic groups, indigenous people, and historically disadvantaged communities.
In prioritising action, we consider the severity and likelihood of human rights risks arising, the potential for positive change, and the opportunities to learn, raise awareness, and increase capacity.
Launched in June 2018, the Centre is the outcome of many years of work by organisations now represented in its Advisory Council, and a three-year process of collective action through the network that led to the Centre's formation (the Mega Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (MSE Platform)).
The MSE Platform first convened in November 2015 by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), and throughout the next two and a half years demonstrated the value of collective action through a range of concrete activities including producing research, tools, and convening stakeholders in local and global forums to share knowledge, assess progress, and identify challenges.
A commitment to establishing the Centre was made by the MSE Platform’s Steering Committee in a joint statement issued in November 2017, on the occasion of the second Sporting Chance Forum in Geneva.
The Centre for Sport and Human Rights is chaired by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Centre is being incubated as a subsidiary of IHRB before transitioning into a fully independent organisation from 2021.
The Centre is registered as a Charity in the UK (Registered Charity Number: 1187647) and the Trustees are Frances House, Rae Lindsay, and Ron Popper.
During 2020, the Centre is overseen by its Trustees and a Governance Committee for an interim period until a new board of Trustees is appointed from 2021. Trustees will be appointed by the Centre's Advisory Council, which convenes bi-annually to set and monitor the Centre's strategy and impact and to hold the Centre accountable to its mandate.
Information about the Centre’s policies and procedures, including with regard to complaints and grievances is available under policies.
The Centre is exclusively funded by donations from its Advisory Council members and thus relies on donations from a range of sources to implement its work, seeking to balance income from a range of governments, foundations, sports bodies, and companies. Donations from sports bodies and companies go into the Centre’s core funding with no conditions attached. The Centre does not provide any fee-for-service work or paid consultancy.
The Centre is also grateful to receive pro bono support from Clifford Chance LLP.
RIGHT HUB is an initiative designed to promote environmental, social, ethical and economic sustainability in business processes and to support the growth of the Social Economy in Italy (social co-operatives and social enterprises).
RIGHT HUB Right Business, Right World is not simply a claim. For us it means fostering a real win-win approach, both among not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, and between the community and the enterprises, promoting a way of doing responsible and sustainable business.
The European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO) is a European sport NGO, the leading voice of voluntary sports organisations in Europe, advocating for sport-related topics to European decision-makers. It is a not for profit organisation, promoting the interest of its member organisations, which are National Sport Confederations and National Olympic Committees from 34 European countries.
European youth sport organisation, is the autonomous youth organisation of the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO). ENGSO Youth focuses on the youth sport-for-all sector in Europe and represents young Europeans under the age of 35 in sports in 34 countries.