IT’S A WIDELY ACCEPTED VIEW that if an organisation wants to create wide-reaching sustainable impacts it should actively engage its supply chain. In convincing its suppliers to become more responsible, a company can become the catalyst for good practice in industries separate from its own. Sports events, large and small,...
SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE, economic inequality and social injustice are “pressing concerns” for the sports community, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC), both in its management of day-to-day affairs and its “responsibility” towards young people and future generations. With the publication of its sustainability strategy in late-2016 and...
AROUND HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION (3.4 billion people) tuned in to watch at least some part of this year’s FIFA World Cup. An extreme example maybe, but those viewing figures show the extent to which sport, if played at the highest level, can capture the imagination of swathes of...
AS SOON AS HE JUMPED OUT of the water, after a monumentally brutal 49-day swim, adventurer and endurance athlete Lewis Pugh quickly sought articulate his motivation with the attention of the world’s media on him. “It’s almost as if we have taken out all the fish in the ocean and...
Sometimes, a shot at glory is just not worth the risk. It’s a conclusion that Haile Gebrselassie came to ahead of the Beijing Olympic marathon in 2008. Presented with the opportunity to defend his World Record time and cement his place in sporting history, he declined. The Beijing air,...
WHAT DOES THE RANGIT RIVER in India, the Russian province of Kostroma and Mathira East district of Kenya have in common? The same thing that links Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, Pocillas and La Estrella in Chile, southern Thailand and the nation of Pakistan. None of the locations are...
A GOOD SUSTAINABILITY PLAN is all about psychology. It’s about presentation. And storytelling. It’s about how you can engage the public to do something for the planet in a way that makes them feel motivated to get involved. That, at least, is the philosophy of Rasmus Jensen, a partner at...
Twelve years after South Africa etched its name into history by hosting the first FIFA World Cup on African soil, Senegal will break new ground when Olympics rolls into town in 2022. While it’s fair to say that hosting the Youth Olympic Games doesn’t have the same cultural significance as...
Glulam, a material of glue-laminated timber, has been put forward as the future of green sports infrastructure by Italian sports architect Bear Stadiums. Together with Rubner Holzbau, the manufacturer of the technology, the studio is attempting to move sports venues away from away from cement and tubular metal that either...
As four influential nation states softened their stance on climate action, despite the IPCC’S dire warning of certain catastrophe without “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes”, it became all the more clear at COP24 that the human race can’t rely on sovereign countries to save the planet from global warming. While...