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Rio Tackles Sustainability In Supply Chains For The Olympic Games

Date: 16 December 2015

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Executive Summary

This report provides heads of sustainability, EH&S directors, supply chain officers and procurement professionals with an independent analysis of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s strategic thinking around social and environmental issues in the Olympic Games’ supply chain and procurement processes. Since 1994, the Olympic Games have sought to increase their environmental efforts and strengthen socio-economic conditions of local communities. With a seven-year lead up period, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee faces significant supply chain sustainability challenges that are unique to large-scale one-off events. To achieve its 19 objectives published in its Sustainability Management Plan, Rio 2016 has sought EY for sustainability advisory services, and CEBDS, Cisco, Dow Chemical and SEDEX for implementation support. Verdantix finds that Rio 2016 offers seven insights on supply chain sustainability that business leaders can adopt, such as the use of supplier-specific materiality assessments to conduct weighted procurement evaluations.


Rio Tackles Sustainability In Supply Chains For The Olympic Games
Large-Scale One-Off Events Face Daunting Sustainability Challenges
Rio 2016 Expands Sustainability Management To Include Supply Chain And Procurement
Rio 2016 Has Established Partnerships To Operationalize Its Ambitious Sustainability Targets
EY And Rio 2016 Provide Insights On Improving Supply Chain Stewardship


ATA, Bayer, Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), Brazilian National Standards Organization (ABNT), CA Technologies, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dell, Dow Chemical, Eco Mark, EcoVadis, ERM, European Union, EY, Fairtrade International (FLO), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Ford, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), GE, Green Seal, GRI, IBM, Intel, International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Standards Organization (ISO), Johnson Controls, JouleX, Journal of Cleaner Production, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), L’Oréal, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS), Offsetters Climate Solutions, Quantis, Rainforest Alliance, Renault, Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee (OCOG), Rio de Janeiro State Government, Rio Sustainable Food Vision Initiative, Schneider Electric, SEBRAE, Siemens, Social Accountability International (SAI), Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) Global, Target, United Nations Environment Programme, USPS,Wal-Mart, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)