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Inspiration and insight from sport and sustainability champions

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Inspiration and insight from sport and sustainability champions






Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince on creating the most sustainable sports club in the world

This week’s episode of The Sustainability Report Podcast is the last in the current series. And what better way to end this run than by talking to one of the pioneers of the sport and sustainability movement, Dale Vince. Almost a decade ago, Vince was asked to invest in a cash-strapped, poorly-performing football club in the south-west of England. After reluctantly dipping his toe in, Vince decided to become its chairman and went about transforming Forest Green Rovers from a perennial...


Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus on growing social businesses through sport

In 2006, Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for establishing the Grameen Bank, which offered capital to people who were too poor to apply for bank loans so that they could start their own businesses and break out of poverty. Thirteen years on, the social entrepreneur and economist is attempting to use sport to stimulate the social business model through the Yunus Sports Hub alongside its co-founder and director Yoan Nogiuer. During this episode, Professor Yunus and...


Karina LeBlanc on empowering women through football

When The Sustainability Report first met Karina LeBlanc, she shared a platform with Prince Albert II of Monaco at COP24 in Poland, urging the sports industry to “wake up” and be part of the solution to climate change. It’s a subject that became very close to her heart after her home country of Dominica (she moved to Canada when she was eight) was decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. During this episode, LeBlanc discusses the role sport can play in addressing climate change, and reveals...


Populous’ Christopher Lee on the sustainable stadium of the future

Shortly after Christopher Lee was interviewed by The Sustainability Report Podcast, his firm Populous revealed its vision for the stadium being planned by the two big Milanese football clubs – Internazionale and AC Milan. Although the design competition is still in its bidding phase, it’s fair to say that a number of people in the sports industry and connected to the city of Milan were blown away by what was being put forward. Apart from being stunning, ambitious and very expensive (an...


Mary Harvey, the first chief executive of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Just under a year ago, the Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi stepped off an aircraft – which flew from his adopted home Australia to Bangkok in Thailand – to celebrate his honeymoon. Before he could reach the terminal building, he was picked up by Interpol and thrown in a Thai prison, on the authority of the Bahrain government, for speaking out against the alleged persecution of footballers at the hands of the ruling regime during the 2011 uprising. A few weeks later, Mary Harvey was...


Endurance running icon Paula Radcliffe on air quality and athlete performance

Paula Radcliffe is, indisputably, one of the greatest athletes of the modern era. During her peak in the early noughties, it seemed like every time she took to the road to compete in a marathon, another World Record tumbled. That’s not to mention the dozens of medals (mostly gold) she picked up running in cross country and stadium events during a stellar two-decade career. Radcliffe’s achievements are all the more astonishing once you factor in that she has exercise-induced asthma – a...


Jürgen Griesbeck on the Common Goal movement and engaging high-profile athletes

In September 2019, Common Goal’s website crashed. It crashed because, during his acceptance speech for Best Male Coach of the Year at the 2019 FIFA Awards, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp used his platform to encourage everybody to check out the growing football for development movement. And, as the Common Goal IT team quickly discovered, the affable German is a pretty persuasive guy. More significantly, Klopp – who led his team to victory in the UEFA Champions League last season –...


Ocean advocate and skipper Emily Penn on the ocean plastics crisis – and how sport can help to halt it

Emily Penn’s appearance on this week’s edition of The Sustainability Report Podcast couldn’t be more timely. Next month, the ocean advocate and skipper will embark on her most ambitious project to date: sending 300 multidisciplinary women around the world to conduct scientific research on the growing ocean plastics crisis. The eXXpedition crew will experience 30 voyages (equating to 38,000 nautical miles) over a two-year period attempting to find a solution to the declining health of the...


Episode Zero: Introducing The Sustainability Report Podcast

Welcome to The Sustainability Report Podcast! The place for inspiration and insight from sport and sustainability champions. In Episode Zero, the platform's founder and editor Matthew Campelli explains why we've launched the podcast and what you can expect from future editions. Matthew will also reveal the sport and sustainability champions who will feature over the first few episodes, and what topics they'll cover. To get future episodes straight to your device, don't forget to...


Olympian Chris Mazdzer on climate change and the power of the athlete voice

Two years ago, you may have struggled to find people outside of the winter sports scene who knew the name Chris Mazdzer. But following a stellar 18 months, in which he became the first American to win an Olympic medal in the sport of luge – and a subsequent appearance on the hit TV format Dancing with the Stars – Mazdzer found himself in the spotlight. Now he’s using his rising profile to get winter sport, and the wider Olympic Movement, to think more seriously about climate change – an...