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22 Mar 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 22 March 2001 - Shell International has become an active supporter of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) environmental activities by signing a two-year agreement with the IOC’s Commission on Sport and the Environment. The agreement represents a joint commitment from the two organisations to promote a broader awareness and responsibility about sport and its relationship with the environment and sustainable development.

The new funding will assist the IOC Commission in its activities involving the publishing of a range of materials and the hosting of a series of seminars to promote the sensitivity of environmental concerns within the sporting world. The IOC’s goals in this area are consistent with those of Shell’s global programme to further the understanding of sustainable development.

As part of the agreement, the two parties also will seek to develop new joint initiatives. Future ideas include a public awards programme across the world and a possible expansion of the relationship in key areas. For example, Shell is considering offering its technical expertise in environmental protection to help the IOC’s development of new policies and approaches.

The formal agreement was signed by Pál Schmitt, an IOC member and Chairman of the IOC Commission on Sport and the Environment, and by Tom Delfgaauw, Vice President – Sustainable Development, Shell International Ltd.

Pál Schmitt commented, “We are very pleased to have brought Shell into the Olympic family in this way. We recognise their worldwide commitment to promoting sustainable development and are delighted they are helping us to further our own work. We hope this will be the start of a long relationship.”

Tom Delfgaauw added, “Shell is delighted to be playing a part in helping the power of sport and the Olympic Movement to be a force for good in environmental best practice. We believe in developing global partnerships to take our message about sustainable development out to our stakeholders and we could not have a more powerful nor more global actor than the IOC.”

The IOC Sport and Environment Commission was set up in 1995, following a commitment by the IOC to “educate all those connected with the Olympic Movement as to the importance of sustainable development” (Olympic Charter, Rule 2, para. 13). As a result of the activities of this commission, the IOC has now adopted its own Agenda 21, mirroring the global agreement at the Rio summit in 1992. The IOC Commission aims to ensure the application of this Agenda 21 and promotes environmental responsibility at sporting events, including stringent guidelines for cities hosting the Olympic Games, as well as using the scope and influence of sport and sports people to encourage wider environmental good practices.

The IOC considers the environment as the third dimension of the Olympic Movement alongside sport and culture.

For more information please contact:

IOC Press Office: +41 21 621 6111
Shell International Press Office: +44 207 934 3505

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