“We need a fit planet for sustainable sport” - An Interview with IOC Director for Sustainability Marie Sallois

May 27, 2020 11:45 AM ET

As part of a four-year collaborative partnership between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and IUCN, we interviewed Marie Sallois, IOC’s Director for Sustainability, on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity to hear first-hand how the IOC is contributing to biodiversity conservation and why sustainability is considered a priority for the organisation.


Sustainability, along with youth and credibility, is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 – the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. Why is sustainability so important for the IOC and how are these three priorities interlinked?

At the IOC, sustainability is a working principle that guides all our activities. When making decisions, we do everything we can to maximise their positive impact and minimise any negative impact in the social, economic and environmental spheres. We ask ourselves: do they help advance our vision of “building a better world through sport”?

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