Did you know that 12,000 tonnes of concrete from the IOC’s former headquarters were recycled in the foundations of Olympic House? Or that by grouping together our annual commission meetings we have reduced associated return flights by 25%? And that by incentivising our staff to use public transport or cycle and walk to work, more than half now use sustainable modes of transport?
These are just some examples of how the IOC is embracing sustainability. For the “IOC as an organisation”, the IOC Sustainability Strategy defined the following nine objectives for 2020, and this site is where you can follow our progress:
- Design and construction of Olympic House to be certified according to nationally and internationally recognised sustainability standards
- Increase energy efficiency of our buildings
- Integrate sustainability into the sourcing of goods and services, including those from TOP partners and official licensees
- Achieve a measurable reduction in waste quantities
- Reduce the IOC’s travel impact
- Further increase staff diversity, in particular with regard to gender and geographical diversity
- As part of IOC@work2020, further develop a wellness programme to promote healthy and active lifestyles at the IOC
- Achieve carbon neutrality by reducing direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions, and by compensating emissions as a last resort
- Include sustainability in corporate events
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 nine 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 timeline of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The strategic intents represent our vision of what a sustainable future could look like for the IOC, the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement, as well as our contribution towards achieving the SDGs.
For the “IOC as an organisation” our strategic intent for 2030 is for the IOC organisation to be a role model in sustainability.