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In addition to the entertainment which sports events provide per se, major international sporting events like Gay Games have a special role to play in our country. They represent a showcase for France and thus contribute to her influence worldwide. Through the support and enthusiasm that they engender in the population, they encourage social diversity and strengthen national solidarity. Regarded as models of organisation, they may permanently influence the attitudes and habits of spectators and stakeholders, thus helping to change social norms. Their beneficial effects and their legacy may be considerable and long-lasting.
However, Gay Games may, like any other human activity, have adverse effects on the environment. It is imperative to reduce this adverse impact to a minimum, even to reverse it. Conscious both of this responsibility and of the important role played by the international events that they organize, the signatories of these “collaborative commitments” are choosing to play a real part in the ambitious process of implementing environmental responsibility instigated by the Ministry of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport. This document is the result of a productive collaboration between the aforementioned ministry and the organizers of major international sporting events.


We, Paris2018, as environmentally responsible organisers of major international sporting, undertakes to make every effort to achieve the following 15 objectives for which the organisation is responsible, throughout the whole process: at their setting up, during the events, and at their dismantling (but not including the construction of facilities).

In order to achieve this, and to ensure that it is done effectively and efficiently, we undertake to measure and monitor these objectives by using indicators. These indicators will be defined collectively by all the signatories: the organisers, WWF and the Ministry of sport. On the anniversary of the signing, we undertake to carry out an annual report on the initiatives or plans that have been implemented. These reports should allow us, collectively, to review, if necessary, the targets of these commitments and the indicators used.

  1. a minimum of 30% sustainable food.
  2. a minimum of 80% of journeys made using active mobility, public transport or car sharing.
  3. 50% of purchases made using CSR selection criteria.
  4. 25% reduction in waste and 40% of waste reused, recycled or recovered.
  5. 100% respect for natural sites.
  6. 50% of energy and water consumption controlled and optimised.
  7. At least) 1 “environmentally responsible” innovation tested at events.
  8. 1 or more sportspersons nominated ambassadors for environmental responsibility for the event or for the sport concerned.
  9. 100% accessibility for the disabled to sites open to the public.
  10. an initiative promoting accessibility for all at 100% of sports events
  11. 100% acknowledgement for volunteers.
  12. (At least) 1 commitment given to supporting a good cause.
  13. (At least) 1 initiative devoted to promoting the employment of equal numbers of men and women in positions of responsibility.
  14. 1 “sustainable development” referent identified within the organisation.
  15. (At least) 1 initiative or 1 plan in place for raising awareness regarding sustainable development.

Monitoring of these commitments is done thanks to volunteers and supervision by UFOLEP.



Commitment n°1

30% of food supplied in catering for the participants, spectators and staff must comply with the following:

  • 30% of food supplied must comply with the WWF recommendations, i.e. 100% certified seasonal catering options are to be available, preference being given to local and regional suppliers, this being then extended to those in nearby areas.
  • Healthy (low fat, low salt, low sugar) and a variety of catering options are to be available (to allow everyone the choice of a balanced meal);
  • A system ensuring that waste is avoided is to be in place;
  • More vegetables are to be included and at least one vegetarian option is to be available (apart from special menus) and meat content is to be reduced by promoting vegetable proteins (compared to those displayed prior to the signing, and compared to a similar event or an initial proposal dating from before the implementation of the policy for a reduction in meat content);
  • The general public’s awareness on the subject of sustainable food is to be raised (campaigns against waste; a wide range of healthy foods; a reduction in meat consumption, etc.).

This 30% must be calculated in terms of the volume or weight of the product available in the catering provided. Those concerned are: all catering services present at event sites or supervised by their organisers. This does not systematically affect catering services outside stadiums or on the periphery of the event when they are not supervised by the organisers. In all cases, all stakeholders in the “not affected” category and those who are not yet involved in the process will be made aware of this.


Commitment n°2

A minimum of 80% of journeys made using active mobility, public transport or car sharing.

This includes: journeys made by participants (sportspersons, spectators, volunteers, organising teams and employees) between their accommodation and event sites and/or between their residences in France and event sites. Organising teams are also to incorporate these principles into the whole period of their organisation of the event (before, during and after). All stakeholders not yet involved in this process will be made aware of this.
“Active mobility” means any method of transport requiring physical activity: walking, bike, scooter, rollerblades, etc.


Commitment n°3

50% of purchases made using “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) selection criteria

50% of the financial value of purchases (excluding food) is to include CSR selection criteria. These criteria must be defined by the sponsor and have a significant impact on the choice of suppliers or contractors.


Commitment n°4

25% reduction in waste and 40% of waste reused, recycled or recovered

This commitment relating to waste material generated during the organisation of the event is as follows:

  • a 25% reduction in waste compared to a reference event (a previous version of the event, a similar event, an initial proposal dating from before the implementation of the policy for waste reduction, etc.);
  • 40% of waste material reused, recycled or recovered;
  • 40% of food waste (aside from the campaign against waste) channelled towards a bio-waste collection.

The amount of waste avoided is to be measured by weight or by volume compared to a previous version of the same event and for the same sort of waste material. The material or products to be reused are those commonly considered as consumables to be reused for a similar purpose (without being processed). The material or products to be recycled are those which fall within the circular economy (apart from energy recovery). The waste products concerned are waste products associated with the setting up, the duration and the dismantling of the event. In all cases, all its stakeholders will be made aware of this process if they are not yet party to it.

Paris 2018 is in particular partner of Recyclerie sportive.

recyclerie sportive

in waste

resused   recovered

Commitment n°5

100% respect for natural sites

No permanent damage is to be caused to natural sites. Assessments of environmental impact represented by “Natura 2000” and studies and initiatives for the avoidance or reduction of impact on the environment may be taken as a guarantee of this commitment. This does not include: permanent facilities which are subject to a specific assessment. Compensatory measures may only be considered as a last resort after an exhaustive study of other possible solutions has been carried out.

respected venues

Commitment n°6

100% of energy and water consumption controlled and optimised

A guarantee that energy and water will not be wasted in the organisation of the event is to be given. This commitment may take the form of targeted objectives: no water is to be wasted, 100% of lighting is to be extinguished if there is no real necessity for light, 100% of watering is to be done using water that is not fit for drinking, zero pesticides are to be used in the management of green spaces, etc.


Commitment n°7

100% accessibility for the disabled to sites open to the public

All sites open to the public are to be accessible to the disabled and properly signposted. Details about accessibility for the disabled at the event are to appear on information supplied about the event. Specific initiatives such as using audio-description are to be encouraged.

Excluded from this requirement is the occasional use of natural sites which are not suitable for adaptation. Therefore this measure does not concern remote natural sites (those located in mountainous areas, far away from roads; those located in precipitous environments, etc.)


Commitment n°8

1 initiative devoted to promoting access for the disadvantaged 

A policy or an initiative promoting access for the disadvantaged to sporting events is to be put in place. This could be a specific pricing policy, an initiative pursued in partnership with a social services organisation, etc.

Paris 2018 has prepared an “Outreach” scholarships programme for the disadvantaged to help them to participate in the Gay Games. The total commitment of Paris 2018 and the FGG représents 300 000 € of solidarity (5% of the total budget).


of solidarity

Commitment n°9

1 “environmentally responsible” innovation tested at the event

The object of this commitment is to try out solutions aimed at improving the environmentally responsible aspect of sporting events and to share these benefits with the events industry. Tests must be accompanied by a system for measuring the benefit to the environment of the innovation in question. The innovative element may be the development of new solutions or the adaptation of a solution already existing in the sporting events industry.

Environmental initiative

Commitment n°10

1 or more sports champions called upon to be nominated ambassadors for “environmental responsibility” for the event or for the sport concerned

A commitment from one or more sportspersons may be expressed by their making a statement on sustainable development issues (interviews, videos or initiatives to create awareness, etc.) or by the sending of messages via social media.

mobilized ambassadors

Commitment n°11

100% acknowledgement for volunteers

This acknowledgement is to constitute an appreciation of the role played by volunteers in the organisation of sports events, which is to be expressed through bonuses which may take different forms (access to training; the organisation of social occasions; meeting leading sports personalities, officials or champions; donations of sports kit or equipment, etc.).

volunteers acknowledged

Commitment n°12

2 commitment to supporting a good cause

A commitment to supporting a good cause is to be in place. This commitment may consist of collecting funds, making space available for publicity, implementing initiatives in the form of specific events, etc.

In the cultural programme, Paris 2018 offers demonstrations of cheerleading. During the events the cheerleaders will raise funds in order to help several organizations which fight against HIV/aids.

Paris 2018 is also committed  to combat homophobia and more generally all discriminations based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Paris 2018 will for example invite refugees to participate in the Gay Games.

of solidarity

Commitment n°13

1 initiative promoting the employment of equal numbers of men and women in positions of responsibility

An initiative promoting the employment of equal numbers of men and women in positions of responsibility is to be in place. This commitment may take the form of a specific human resources policy, initiatives for greater awareness, etc.

Paris 2018 chose in its bylaws to have two copresidents: Pascale Reinteau and Manuel Picaud share the leadership of the organizing committee, which is also balanced between women and men. Furthermore, the inclusion team seeks more participation in the Gay Games by women than previous editions (over 25%).

parity action

Commitment n°14

2“sustainable development” referents within the organisation

A “sustainable development” referent is to be named within the organisation and preferably within the management team. This referent will be attached to the general management and their task will involve all the organisation’s centres in a cross-disciplinary approach.

Sustainable development is in the heart of Paris 2018-Gay Games 10 and action plan has been writen by inclusion and sustainable team and presidency of Paris 2018. The organizing committee has designated two referents. Furthermore, Paris 2018 has a partnership with UFOLEP, which assists to implement these 15 commitments and hires two young employees for that purpose.


Commitment n°15

1 initiative or 1 plan for raising awareness of environmental responsibility

One or more targeted initiatives or plans for raising public awareness (aimed at spectators, viewers and participants: sportspersons, volunteers, organising teams and employees) are to be established.

This raising of awareness may include information about the event’s “environmentally responsible” commitments and promote the adoption of environmentally responsible attitudes.

initiatives of prevention