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The Lahore/Sialkot Declaration on Corporate Responsibility

Lahore/Sialkot, 26 November 2004 - Following two days of discussions in Lahore and Sialkot, Pakistan, during the Third Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE), organized by UNEP and the Global Sports Alliance (GSA), the leaders of the sporting goods industry in Sialkot, who produce 60 per cent of the soccer balls used around the world, unanimously endorsed a declaration calling for environmental concerns to be fully taken into account in their industry.

The industry leaders had gathered for the second day of the Forum at the Chamber of Commerce at Sialkot to hear the views of Michel Parraudin, President of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, on the need to continue promoting corporate social responsibility principles.

Leaders have courageously tackled the issue of child labour in recent years and have committed to continue to improve working and environmental standards in line with the UN Global Compact initiated by the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

The Lahore/Sialkot Declaration on Corporate Environmental Responsibility

Recognizing the value of involving the private sector in achieving the United Nations Millennium Goals,

Recognizing the role of the environment in the Global Compact of the United Nations Secretary General;

Recognizing the importance that an increasing number of companies are placing on the Global Reporting Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme;

Noting the importance of the participation of the corporate sector in the implementation of the United Nations Decade on Education for Sustainable Development and the celebration of the United Nations Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005;

Further recognizing that considerable progress has already been accomplished in incorporating environmental concerns in the work of sporting goods companies;

Further inspired by the social progress achieved in many parts of the world, including Lahore and Sialkot where child labour has been eliminated for the soccer ball industry;

Determined to contribute to the efforts for human progress and the reduction of poverty;

  1. We sport related industries therefore agree:to raise the importance of sustainable development and the environment in our work principles;
  2. to include the environment as a key factor in our non-financial reporting;
  3. to reduce and improve the use of water and energy during the production of sporting goods;
  4. to introduce cleaner technology, reduce the amount of toxic and chemical waste produced and other pollutants in our production facilities;
  5. to raise environmental awareness and action among company workers;
  6. to promote and sponsor children and youth activities linking good health, sport and environment;
  7. to participate in and support initiatives that seek to promote the linkages between sport and the environment including with athletes.