Starting in 2023, all events in our City Amsterdam with more than 2.000 guests must provide a sustainability plan. This also applies to Amsterdam Rugby 7s.
Teamwork, respect, fun, discipline, and sportsmanship are the key components of this great sport. We want to pass this sport on to future generations. That is why it is important that we all do good for the environment, for people, and for the progress of our communities.
Let’s not make a better world for our children, instead, let’s make better children for the world.
We, the organizers of Amsterdam 7s, are counting on your commitment and responsibility to hold a tournament that shows that our sport is also doing its part to achieve sustainability. We wish you an excellent, memorable, fun, and environmentally friendly tournament – let’s show young people how to do it!
2023 is an important year for our tournament. Our tournament has already matured over the years, and we will celebrate our 50th edition. This year will also be the benchmark for the Amsterdam Rugby 7s sustainability plan and the basis for the various targets we will set in the future to demonstrate our responsibility for sustainability.
For help and advice on the implementation of the sustainability plan, Rugby 7s has partnered with the ZeroWaste Foundation Amsterdam.
The ZeroWaste Foundation was created as a platform for organisations to accelerate the transition to sustainable business and the circular economy. ZeroWaste! Foundation provides the right connections and learning to achieve measurable goals using the best practices and opportunities available.
The sustainability process is based on the components listed below. Each component is carefully examined annually for opportunities for improvement. To see the sustainability plan with specific goals and principles of this event please refer to the attached document.
The sustainability of an event depends on the practices that define the organisation of the event. Therefore, the assessment of the sustainability of an event starts at its roots: the proper management of the organisation.
We define concrete indicators and actions to reduce energy consumption.
Marketing and communication
Sustainability management is about implementation with impact. It is important to communicate the event’s sustainability efforts to increase impact and in a sustainable way.
We define concrete indicators and actions to reduce water use.
Managing the proposed event
The event will have specific management challenges, which are addressed in this section. A number of control points can be identified within the event management cycle that follow the P(Plan)-D(Do)-C(Check)-A(Act) principle.
We define specific indicators and reduction/avoidance actions in waste generation and disposal
Management of suppliers
A successful event depends on the support of many suppliers. Key suppliers include hotels, catering, branding agencies, the venue, transport services, online/hybrid services, etc. The supply chain is an important stakeholder. Supply chain management is crucial as it has huge potential to reduce Scope 3 emissions and other environmental impacts.
Management of In-out by environment
Participants will spend most of their time outdoors during the event. The outdoor environment is an important indicator for us. We succeed in managing the outdoor environment to protect the health of event participants and visitors.
We define concrete indicators and mitigation actions for climate impact, in particular greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint).
We consider identifying issues and evaluating three aspects of an event: environmental, social and economic. An important one for us is the social community impacts related to labour standards, health and safety, civil liberties, social justice, local community, people’s rights, cultural issues, accessibility, equality, heritage and religious sensitivities, which are addressed at this event.