Corporate Social Responsibility

The IFSC is determined to be active in terms of corporate social responsibility by performing activities that directly advance social goals. The IFSC believes that international sports movements possess considerable potential to contribute to positive social change and is keen on encouraging a positive impact through its activities.

The IFSC has developed social responsibility programmes especially in the areas of Sport and Youth Development, Gender Equity, Health, Persons with Disabilities and Peace :

IFSC Athlete Career Program

Project/Policy/Event title:

IFSC Athlete Career Program

Location:

University campuses: Annecy - Lyon (France) and Shanghai (China). Open to athletes worldwide.

Implementation date:

July 2012

Partners:

"Outdoor Sports Valley", an organization as well as an expression that refers to both a region and a cluster of industries dedicated to outdoor sports. This area spans the Alps from Grenoble to Innsbruck, and encompasses tens of thousands of employees from the sports and recreation industries, the headquarters of most outdoor industry companies, and represents one of the planet's most unique playgrounds.

Outdoor Sports Valley is proposing 2 educations programs (MSc in “Sports and Outdoor Industry Management” and Bachelor’s Degree in “Performance Sports Textile & Footwear”) for students wishing to join the outdoor industry.

Project/Policy overview:

The IFSC launched the Athlete Career Program to assist the athletes in making the transition from the sport to the professional field. The program relies on two complementary objectives that are often hard to achieve for elite athletes: access to education programs adapted to athletes’ constraints as well as access to selected job opportunities. These two objectives will be achieved through partnerships with universities and companies that recognize athletes’ value.

Contact Information:

Jérôme Meyer

Relevant links or documents:

OSV Education Programs

Climbing For All

Project/Policy/Event title:

Climbing for All

Implementation date:

2006

Project/Policy overview:

Climbing for All studies the positive impact of climbing on health. Studies are carried out on:

  • Fitness profiles of children over a period of 5 years at The Rock Junior competition in Arco di Trento
  • Morphology of climbers
  • Paraclimbing

Climbing offers a spontaneous and fun movement to everybody and gives them the opportunity to exercise, to improve the relationship with the environment and to decrease the risk of pathology related to sedentary life-style. “Climbing for All' is managed by the Medical Commission of IFSC.

Impact Assessment Report:

Many studies are carried out. For example: we monitored the World Championships’ athletes from Ekaterinburg 2006 to Arco 2011. 15 women and 50 men from 12 countries (age 18-50) with different types of physical disabilities (medical, blood examination, ECG, fitness test) were studied.

The Results are: during six years all the athletes were in healthy conditions. Their fitness tests were between fit and optimum. The integration of climbers and paraclimbers was very good, also because the competition areas were the same. We achieved the maximum in Arco 2011 (same areas and same time).

Conclusions:

The International Federation manages climbing and paraclimbing. The number of paraclimbers is increasing also in Youth and School competitions. We achieved a good relationship between people with disability and their own environment. Many disable people increased their work opportunity.

Contact Information:

Paola Gigliotti

The IFSC Paraclimbing Competition Development (to enable disabled athletes to achieve sporting excellence)

Project/Policy/Event title:

The IFSC Paraclimbing Competition Development (to enable disabled athletes to achieve sporting excellence).

Implementation date:

The IFSC Paraclimbing competitions started officially in 2006. Previously, the FFME invited athletes with a disability to climb speed routes at the Chamonix World Championships in 2003.

Partners:

Italian Paralympic Committee, IFSC Medical Commission, Scientific group from Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia), University of Perugia (Italy).

Project/Policy overview:
  • To guarantee and supervise the organization of successful Paraclimbing Events
  • To promote and contribute to the development of sport opportunities and competitions, from initiation to elite level, for Paraclimbers as the foundation of elite Paraclimbing sport.
  • To develop opportunities for female athletes and athletes with a severe disability in climbing at all levels and in all structures.
  • To support and encourage educational, cultural, research and scientific activities that contribute to the development and promotion of Paraclimbing.
  • To seek the continuous global promotion and media coverage of Paraclimbing, its vision of inspiration and excitement through sport, its ideals and activities.
  • To contribute to the creation of a drug-free sport environment for all Paraclimbers in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
  • To promote Paraclimbing sport without discrimination for political, religious, economic, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or race reasons.
Impact Assessment Report:

The first International Paraclimbing Competition took place in Russia, Ekaterinburg, within the European Championships 2006. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Japan and Russia took part in the competitions.

In 2008, the first IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organized in Moscow, Russia, within the IFSC Bouldering and Speed World Cup event. Athletes with a visual impairment and with a physical disability from Belarus, Italy, Ukraine and Russia took part in the competitions. The next IFSC Paraclimbing Cup was organized by FASI and Speed Rock Committee in 2009 on the wall of Bissina Dam in Val Daone (ITA). Athletes from Hungary, Italy and Russia participated in the competition. Asian Paraclimbing Championships 2009 took place in ChunCheon (KOR). Athletes from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Korea took part in the competition.

For the first time in 2010, IFSC Paraclimbing Cup series was organized. They took place in Ekaterinburg, (RUS), Val Daone (ITA) and Chiba (JPN). Thirty-eight climbers (26 men and 12 women) from Belarus, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia and Spain took part at the competitions.

The very good level of Paraclimbing competition was achieved in Arco (ITA). The first IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships were organized within the program of the eleventh World Championships in July 2011. Climbers with and without a disability were fully involved in the event from the opening ceremony until the closing ceremony. Thirty-five athletes (30 men and 5 women) from eleven countries competed.

The Paraclimbing World Championships now takes place every two years, parallel to the World Championships.

Contact Information:

Mr. Sébastien Gnecchi, President of the IFSC Paraclimbing Commission

CLIMBING PROMOTION IN AFRICA

Project/Policy/Event title:

Promote Climbing in Africa

Location:

Burkina Faso

Implementation date:

2010

Partners:

F.A.S.I (Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana) in collaboration with the NGO ACRA. The work of F.A.S.I is included in an ACRA project: “Tourism strategies for fighting poverty in Burkina Faso, Ecuador and Tanzania” financed by the European Union.

Project/Policy overview:

One of the most important social purpose of the IFSC is to create Climbing Federations in Africa. From 31st October 2010 to 12th November 2011, Clara Maria Cristaudo (Delegation leader of F.A.S.I ) and the Technical Expert, Giorgio Ferretti, were in the region of Diapaga (South-East of Burkina Faso between the two most important national parks) in order to:

  • study and equip a natural climbing center,
  • locate a place for a climbing wall,
  • organize a climbing stage for the local people.

The mission reached the goal and on June and July 2011 Pascal Ouoba Souglimpo was invited to Italy by the F.A.S.I for:

  • A personal climbing stage in the F.A.S.I National Youth Center of San Giustino (Perugia).
  • Participation with the Italian Team to the Arco di Trento World Championship and first Paraclimbing Championship.
  • When he came back to Burkina he was invited to attend and to speak about climbing in a National Sport Congress
  • During a Peace and Sport International Forum, the F.A.S.I met the Ministry of Sport of Burkina in order to discuss about a Climbing Federation in his country.
  • F.A.S.I and ACRA also received the collaboration of Arco di Trento, Sint Rock, Smoke and the Municipality of Cortona for the presentation of the project during the International Fair Play Mecenate Premium 2010.
Rewards:

The Burkina Faso project has been selected as one of the top 3 worldwide projects in the year 2013. The nomination, received at the International Forum 2013, highlights the results achieved from the project and its impact on the field.

Next step:

Transportation of a climbing wall in the region of Diapaga in the center of the park to be used by the local youth and tourists.

Contact Information:

Paola Gigliotti
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Succession Planning and Gender Equity in Sport Climbing (Administration and Competition)

Project/Policy/Event title:

Gender Equality for 2018

Implementation date:

July, 2018

Partners:

National Federations, athletes as well as the Commissions and Board of the IFSC and sponsor partners.

Project/Policy overview:

We started with gender equity in our sport with having equal prize money for men and women from the very beginning. Additionally, we have equal participation from men and women and equal exposure during our competitions. We also believe it is important to have gender equity in the administration of our sport.

A strategic plan was created to develop gender equity in the administration of sport climbing at both the National and International levels of the IFSC. We encourage gender equity on our technical commissions. Currently two women sit on the Executive Board of the IFSC. We are currently seeking to add more exposure to decision making in our organization through Ad Hoc Working Groups.

Two groups that are headed by women are: Paraclibing (Maiike Romjin, Netherlands) and The Governance Working Group ((Leslie Baxter.) Our plan is to look for and develop leadership and talent for both genders; focusing specifically on female athletes and female national leaders to move into leadership positions at the international level. We are succeeding in our strategic plan began in 2016.

Additionally, the IFSC Officers and Continental Council Presidents are working to promote gender equity at the National Federation level encouraging involvement of women in official, administrative and political governance capacity. There has been a large shift in the number of women in attendance at the annual Plenary Assembly and in official training course.

The IFSC staff is currently 57% female.

Please contact me at the following email address if you are interested in additional information or would like to be a part of the gender equity program with the IFSC.

Contact Information:

Ms. Debra Gawrych, Secretary-General, IFSC.

Partnership with Peace & Sport on using climbing as a tool to address social problems within communities

Project/Policy/Event title:

Partnership with Peace & Sport on using climbing as a tool to address social problems within communities

Location:

Worldwide Peace and Sport projects

Implementation date:

MoU signed in 2011, implementation in next months.

Partners:

Peace and Sport, a Monaco based organization working for sustainable peace throughout the world. To achieve this it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities.

Project/Policy overview:

Peace & Sport’s mission is creating simple tools to enhance sport activities therefore promoting sport’s values.

Climbing can be brought to people on short and simple structure, such as building walls, wood structure, 2-3 meters high rock boulder.

Safety is ensured by mats and low height climbing, the climbing partner is present to catch the falling climber and bring him smoothly to the ground. Simple climbing exercises are proposed, creating personal and group challenge.

Climbing brings benefits in term of values (you are responsible of someone else safety and at the same time acting as their advisor) and in physiological term (climbing request balance, use of both legs and arms, flexibilty, strength and strategy).

Contact Information:

IFSC Administration Department

Solidarity Program

Project/Policy/Event title:

Solidarity Program

Implementation date:

2005

Project/Policy overview:
  • Support the participation of athletes and federations that normally would not be able to participate due to very limited resources,
  • Maximize the countries represented in the World Championships, promoting the principle of universality.
  • The IFSC promotes the Solidarity Program through travel contributions for athletes.

The IFSC Executive Board is responsible for allocation of the funds to the applicants.

The Event Organizer provides free accommodation for a fixed number of athletes.

Continental Councils filter communication between the IFSC and NFs collecting applications and proposing a first selection of the most deserving athletes/NFs.

National Federations are the intermediary between IFSC/CCs and their athletes. Athletes are the main focus of the Solidarity Program.

Contact Information:

Mrs. Francesca Jengo, IFSC Head of Administration Department

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