Kickoff for SPORTS20

Sports For Future and IMPCT gGmbH establish SPORTS20. The nonprofit collaboration platform presents new tangible ways to use sports to achieve and leverage the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for sustainable development.

"We appreciate steps like reusable systems, social contributions, or CO2 reductions. Unfortunately, we easily lose sight of the goal, namely adherence to the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the UN development goals. We wanted to change that," explains Stefan Wagner, Chairman of Sports For Future, the collaboration between Sports For Future and IMPCT.

Tanja Ferkau, Managing Director of IMPCT gGmbH: "Based on this shared insight, we have developed an implementation-oriented guide through which sports organizations can chart their own path to sustainability. It is an ambitious benchmark and a concrete vision, but above all, it is a framework broken down into sports actions to fulfill the SDGs and contribute to systemic change."

SPORTS20 schafft einen sportartenübergreifenden Handlungsrahmen für ganzheitliche Beiträge zu allen 17 SDGs. Dieser soll es allen Sportorganisationen und -akteur*innen – unabhängig davon, ob großer Sportverband, professioneller Klub, ambitionierter Freizeitverein oder Einzelsportler*in – ermöglichen, Ziele und Handlungsfelder zur eigenen Transformation abzubilden.

"Sport, with its values ​​such as teamwork, solidarity, and commitment, can lead by positive example. It can show clear paths to the necessary transformation, break down existing hesitations and prejudices, inspire enthusiasm for upcoming changes, and inspire as many people as possible to act sustainably. Sport can show that another world is possible," elaborates Stefan Wagner.

"In addition to changes to minimize the 'footprint,' i.e., the negative impacts on people and the environment of one's own activities, it is particularly about the 'handprint,' i.e., the positive effects and contributions to people and the environment through one's own actions that go far beyond the direct influence of the sport and its actors," explains Tanja Ferkau. "Because only those who are aware of their lever for change can effect real change."

For orientation, the 17 SDGs are assigned to six central action areas:

  1. Supply chain
  2. Own embedding in the environment and surroundings
  3. Resource utilization
  4. Environmental impact
  5. Dealing with people
  6. Responsible leadership and relationships with public institutions

In each of these, three principles are addressed that outline the ideal of sustainable action. This should help identify key levers for substantial contributions and initiate effective changes within one's own sphere of influence and beyond.

The result is a fully transformed sport encompassing all 17 SDGs.

The next goal is to create an implementation-based guide that makes the interdependent SDGs manageable. In addition, international collaborations will be established to place this vision of the future of sports on all relevant platforms.

About IMPCT gGmbH

Climate neutrality, equitably distributed prosperity, educational opportunities, and human rights for all, resource-efficient, circular economic models—the whole world knows what is important for our future. It's time for us to collectively advocate for it.

Built on the foundation of the 17 SDGs formulated by the UN, since 2017, IMPCT has been bringing together stakeholders from business, industry, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector who no longer want to be part of the many problems but rather meaningful solutions for sustainable societal change.
The nonprofit platform promotes social and societal innovations, advises organizations in the sustainability sector, and develops sustainability standards, such as those for the DFL.
For a balance between economic gain, ecological benefit, and societal added value.

Contact Persons

Tanja Ferkau
+49 (0)172 4516553

Sports for Future e.V.
Stefan Wagner
+49 (0)170 5568636