Rio 2016’s objective was to deliver an Olympic and Paralympic Games that promoted the global image of Brazil, based on social and urban sustainable transformation through sport. A key pillar of this project was establishing sustainability criteria throughout the Games management cycle, from design and planning to implementation, review and post-event activities, especially through the adoption of the Sustainable Supply Chain Programme.
This programme sought to integrate the sustainability criteria into the procurement of Games related goods and services, specifically aimed at Rio 2016 employees, partners participating in Rio 2016 Supply Chain management or operation, suppliers, licensees, sponsors and organisations involved in the suppliers’ development.
The Programme consisted of the following steps:
- Establishment of requirements: definition and disclosure of the evaluation criteria and minimum requirements to be considered in the analyses.
- Development and qualification of suppliers and licensees: anticipated and intense communication about the needs until 2016, along with the specific requirements and guides for suppliers’ assistance. At this stage, the programme includes workshops and training for suppliers, sponsors and licensees, focusing on sectors considered critical.
- Hiring: inclusion of sustainability requirements and evaluation criteria along the goods and services procurement process, especially in the total cost acquisition and life cycle analyses. This evaluation also includes audits on the information submitted to Rio 2016 Committee.
- Supplier and licensee contract management and compliance monitoring: inclusion of sustainability aspects in the supplier management mechanisms such as supplier record management, audit review, reporting and corrective actions. These activities will be continuously applied after implementation of each contract.
- Dissolution and products final disposal management: planning and control of the final destination of all products, packaging and waste, through comprehensive logistics planning.
Source: Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games