Forum / Award 2017

6th International CSR Forum “Football & Social Responsibility”, 2nd and 3rd October 2017, Seehotel Waldstätterhof, Brunnen, Switzerland.

The International Forum, held bi-annually, aims at presenting actionable and innovative ideas on how sports and especially football can be used effectively and sustainably to promote the inclusion of socially or physically disadvantages people as well as advance development and peace.

The high-profile event brings together leading personalities from the world of sports, the non-profit sector, politics, business and academia in a platform of dynamic conversations and new thinking designed to spark ideas to the social aspects of football. It puts a spotlight on new trends in “Corporate Social Responsibility & Football”.

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The International Forum is under the patronage of Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace and organized by the foundation FOOTBALL IS MORE.

Role Model Awards

On the occasion of the International Forum, the Role Model Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner takes place. The Role Model Awards honor international personalities and organisations in the field of sport for using their privileged status for the good of others. The award recognizes significant contributions in the social field of sport in following five different categories:

  • Personality
  • Non- Profit Organisation
  • Social Responsibility of a Social Dept. of a Football Club
  • Social Responsibility of a Football Club
  • Life Time Role Model (since 2015)

Read about the International Forum 2015

Read about the International Forum 2013

Sport, Wirtschaft & Politik gemeinsam für eine nachhaltigere Gesellschaft

Background & idea
Corporations and sports organizations have started to look at Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an opportunity to contribute to society while strengthening their businesses at the same time. For organizations that see CSR as an opportunity, the big challenge is execution. Partnering can provide a practical way forward. Sustainable results to social problems are only possible in smart collaboration with politics, economy and civil society.

The two-day forum examining the opportunities of partnering in sports to drive social change. Our theme, “Football & Social Responsibility”, asks the question, “what are the key factors for successful partnerships in sports and sustainable outcomes?”.

Target audience
The Forum unites a dynamic community of leaders from the world of sports, business, politics and civil society to unlock the potential of smart partnering to tackle social issues in a sustainable way.

Facts & Figures
+ 30    Speakers
+ 250 Participants
+ 50    International und national football clubs and representatives from other sports
+ 80    Leaders from the world of sports, business, politics and civil society
+ 20    Media

Impressions of the Forum 2017

Impressions of the Forum 2015

Image 1, LTR, Podium «CSR, Economy & Sport» with the former British sports minister Sir Hugh Robertson; Antonio Mendes, Director European commission education & culture, Member of Swiss Council of States Karin Keller-Sutter; Julius Beucher, President of the German disabled sport association & Presenter Peter Lowe.

Image 2, LTR. «Best-Practice Panel» Representatives from European top clubs, Alan Sefton(FC Arsenal), Mark Haig( Liverpool), Nicoletta Flutti (Inter Milan), Presenter Jim Cassell, Jorge Miranda( Benfica Lisbon) & Nico Briskorn( VfL Wolfsburg).

Image 3 «Opening of the 5th international CSR Forum» Wilfried Lemke, former Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace

Image 4, LTR. «Discussion about social commitment in sports sector », Dr. Alexandra Coffey, Sky Foundation, Dr. Werner Wolf, Bitburger brewery group & Anna Kraft, Presenter