Aspects of sustainability – a tool for sustainable sport events

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Sustainable practices are becoming a prerequisite for all activities in society, and big sport events in particular, and we see growing demand from citizens, sponsors, sports organisations and governments to act. As an event organiser, you are expected to include environmental and social sustainable practices in your event planning today. With that as a starting point, our member, the Swedish Sports Confederation has developed a tool, “Aspects of Sustainability”, to help and support event organisers to create and accomplish more sustainable sport events. Through the Baltic RECoord project, the project team has been able to translate “Aspects of Sustainability” into English to make it available to a wider international audience.

“Aspects of Sustainability is an attempt to start sharing the accumulated knowledge and great ideas that exist among all sports federations and associations. In this way, we can inspire each other and do the right thing”, says Leif Johansson, project manager of international sports events at the Swedish Sports Confederation.

The aim of the aspects is to give access to more knowledge about sustainability initiatives. In addition, we can develop even more sustainable events from the social, economic and environmental perspectives. Together we strive to achieve common goals where we, in sport, take responsibility to hold more sustainable events. These aspects serve as tools to realise our efforts.

At this moment, there are 47 aspects, but the list of aspects should continually evolve and thereby accelerate the positive development. The aspects include for example clothing, transportation, human rights, biodiversity, inclusion, equality, climate, purchasing, suppliers, communication and health. Each aspect will give event organisers tips and ideas on how to be sustainable in that specific area.

“The aspects should be used as inspiration, rather than a list of requirements that must be met immediately in all areas. The idea is that they should work as a knowledge bank to which you refer for tips and ideas”, adds Leif Johansson.

“Aspects of Sustainability” is written in a Swedish context, and some references and laws may not be applicable in other countries. However, a lot of the information is still relevant and able to inspire and share knowledge.

The translation of “Aspects of Sustainability” has been provided by four ENGSO members, namely, the Swedish Sports Confederation, the Latvian Sports Federations Council, the Lithuanian Sports Federation and the Estonian Olympic Committee under the auspices of the Baltic RECoord project, with support from the Swedish Institute.

If you would like to know more about the tool, please contact Leif Johansson.