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Sustainable Supply Chain


The Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games will use sustainable transformation through the power of sports as its main brand, bringing permanent changes to our city and benefits that will spread throughout the country.

Our commitment with sustainability throughout the Games management cycle – from planning to after the event – is in the DNA of the Rio proposal for the world´s greatest sporting event.  This attitude is aligned with the idea that the search for a more sustainable planet is one of the International Olympic Movement´s dimensions and the role of leadership in Brazil with the creation of new development paradigms.

According to this principle, Rio 2016™ Procurement seeks to integrate sustainability with its daily business needs.  The goal is to guarantee that the products and services contracted by the Committee are aligned with our commitments.

Sustainability will be considered in all decision-making processes of the hiring process, in addition to aspects like cost, quality, deadline and risks.  Fernando Cotrim, Rio 2016™ Director of Procurement/Supplies, confirms that the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games will establish a new level in relation to sustainable practices, especially during large event management.  “We need to change our perception of which sustainable products are necessarily more expensive, since oftentimes the product or service price might be higher, but reduction of costs and waste in the value chain can represent total cost reduction.”

The pillars of Games sustainability guide all Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee Procurement area requirements.  They are Planet, indicating our global environmental commitment by promoting legal actions; People, reinforcing the need for social benefits for the entire population with the event; and Prosperity, stressing good administration and transparency requirements, with contribution for economic growth on all levels.

The Games Sustainable Supply Chain Guide shows that these pillars are intertwined with our requirements and is essential reading for all interested parties by understanding the Rio 2016™ goods and services hiring processes.

In addition, the considerations that Rio 2016™ considers competitive edges in the evaluation processes, like the ISO 20121 – Sustainability in Event Management, elaborated along with the ISO and organizations from 34 countries, including the ABNT (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas) and used for the first time in London during the Olympic Games, are also listed.

Read the Guide, join our team and help deliver the sustainable transformation that the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games will promote.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Guide is complemented by guidelines for suppliers about specific criteria and requirements. To date, the Guides for Packaging, Harmful Substances and Materials, Plastic, Sport Flooring, Wood Products and Taste of the Games (Catering) were published. Other guides for suppliers will be published in the coming months.

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