Case Study

Birmingham 2022 – Supply Chain Sustainability

Who’s doing it?

In just under two weeks’ time’ (28 July), the Commonwealth Games will commence in Birmingham.  

‘Birmingham 2022’ is delivering to its aim of creating the most sustainable Games yet.

What are they doing?

The Games have been designed to support long-term social, economic and environmental development.

Not only is the event pursing a carbon-neutral legacy, it is also addressing key socio-economic issues including equality, diversity & inclusion, social value, accessibility and human rights.

And in an innovative ‘first’, sustainability-based planning has been integrated into Birmingham 2022’s supplier procurement process.

What is expected of suppliers?

A central part of Birmingham’s sustainability vision, the ‘Sustainable Sourcing Code‘ sets out the minimum standards required of its suppliers. 

These cover expectations around 10 core social and environmental principles:

Social – Labour Rights, Animal Welfare, Workplace Health & Safety, Diversity & Inclusion, Business Ethics

Environmental –  Preservation of Resources, Preservation of Biodiversity, Waste Management, Pollution Prevention, Climate Change & Improving Air Quality

Why is this important?

Given that 60% of global emissions lie in supply chains, addressing this key element is a crucial part of sport’s drive to net zero.

Aside from the implications for major suppliers, Birmingham’s procurement approach underlines sport’s responsibility and power in driving positive social and environmental change.

Expect more event holders and suppliers to embrace this new reality and the opportunities presented. 

Want to know more?

You can find out more about Birmingham 2022’s groundbreaking approach to sustainability in the video below.

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