IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement

Did you know that the IOC has been conducting workshops for International Federations (IFs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on sustainability topics such as water quality, responsible sourcing and carbon management?

Or that we compile annual case studies of IF and NOC sustainability initiatives in order to educate, inspire and foster collaboration?

And that we connect IFs and NOCs with international sustainability expertise and support, and are producing a series of guidelines to help them better understand sustainability?

These are just some of the ways the IOC is assisting the Olympic Movement in integrating sustainability into their own organisations and operations.

For the “IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement”, the IOC Sustainability Strategy defined the following five objectives for 2020, and this site is where you can follow our progress:

  • Provide mechanisms to ensure an exchange of information and best practices between Olympic Movement stakeholders
  • Facilitate access to relevant expert organisations to develop guidelines and innovative solutions
  • Leverage the Olympic Solidarity programme to assist NOCs in implementing sustainability initiatives
  • Set up an ambassador programme, including athletes, in order to raise awareness of sustainability in sport
  • Profile the role of the Olympic Movement in sustainability, through the aggregation of information and collective reporting

The progress that has been made since the publication of our Sustainability Strategy in early 2017, through to mid-2018, can be found in the IOC Sustainability Report that was published in October 2018. Regular updates will be provided here in the shape of videos, interviews, articles and official documents.

While the five objectives are focused on 2020, we also recognise the need for longer-term sustainability ambitions. For this reason we defined strategic intents for 2030. This is a relevant time frame because it takes into account the duration of Olympic Games bidding and planning processes, and it aligns with the schedule of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The strategic intents represent the IOC’s vision of what a sustainable future could look like for the IOC, the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, as well as the IOC’s contribution to achieving the SDGs.

For the “IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement”, our strategic intent for 2030 is to inspire and assist Olympic Movement stakeholders in developing sustainable sport worldwide and to leverage the inspirational power of athletes and the Olympic symbol to promote sustainability through sport.

Olympic Movement sustainability case studies

Here you will find a series of annual case studies that the IOC compiles as part of our commitment to profile the role of the Olympic Movement in sustainability. The case studies highlight how International Federations and National Olympic Committees are integrating sustainability into their operations and events, and are also designed to provide support and guidance to others.

Each case study is aligned with one or more of our five sustainability focus areas: infrastructure and natural sites; sourcing and resource management; mobility; workforce; and climate, and re also aligned with one or more of the United Nations’ framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Sustainability Essentials
The International Olympic Committee's "Sustainability Essentials" series of guidelines aim to provide simple, practical and essential information on key aspects of sustainability for National Olympic Committees, International Sport Federations or any sports organisation who wants to learn more about sustainability and how to integrate sustainability into its operations.
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Clean Seas campaign
On June 5, 2018, World Environment Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) teamed up with UN Environment for its Clean Seas campaign and called on sport and the Olympic Movement to join the effort. The Clean Seas Campaign, launched in January 2017, aims to increase global awareness of the marine litter issue, and to implement measures that address gaps in waste management.
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Sport in biodiversity
Since 2016, the IOC has been partnering with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to help the Olympic Movement avoid potential negative impacts on nature and contribute to its conservation. As part of this partnership, IUCN is producing a series of guidelines on sport and biodiversity, addressed to the global sports community.
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