Sustainability

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are the world's largest sports events, and the delivery of the Games has a much wider-ranging impact than most people can imagine. This impact is not limited to sport, but also on society, the economy and the environment. We aim to ensure that the influence of the Tokyo 2020 Games will extend far beyond the parameters of Tokyo, the Host City, to encompass the whole of Japan and the wider world.
Given the growing global focus on sustainability, it is vital that these concerns are fully addressed in the preparations for the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by implementing the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Plan.

(Download a file)Overview of the Tokyo 2020 Games Sustainability Plan (PDF: 800.8 KB)

Be better, together For the planet and the people

Japan and Tokyo have overcome serious pollution issues and become a mature society. We are now facing global sustainability challenges such as climate change, depletion of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, human rights issue such as discrimination, and aging.
Tokyo and Japan are committed to further accelerate activities to realise sustainable society through the delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games and showcase solution models to people in Japan and around the world.
Thus, the sustainability concept of the Games is set as “Be better, together - For the planet and the people.” Tokyo 2020 will take the initiative to meet its responsibility to deliver sustainable Games in cooperation with delivery partners and various stakeholders.
Tokyo 2020 and related parties aim to contribute to the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their concept of “leave no one behind,” through the delivery of the Games for the future of the earth and the people. We are also committed to make sure the meaning of the Tokyo 2020 Games' concepts and legacies will be passed on to future Olympic/Paralympic Games and various activities and initiatives throughout Japan and the world.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Policy

This policy indicates our intention towards the sustainable Games and declares a management system according to ISO 20121.

(Download a file)Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Policy (PDF: 944.8 KB)

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan

This plan illustrates the overall direction, goals, targets and measures to be implemented for the Games preparations and operations that take sustainability into full consideration, and serves as a frame of actions for Games Delivery Partners.
In January 2017, we formulated Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan Version 1, which outlines the overall direction and qualitative objectives for sustainable Games. Following this, we conducted studies aimed at setting specific targets for the main themes featured in the plan along with measures to achieve the plan's objectives, and in June 2018 released Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan Version 2.
Based on the Sustainability Plan, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is implementing a wide range of measures aimed at ensuring the sustainable Games.

Formulated in June 2018

(Download a file)Executive summary of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan Version 2 (PDF: 772.2 KB) (Download a file)Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan Version 2 (Full version) (PDF: 4.0 MB)

Formulated in January 2017

Tokyo 2020 High-level Sustainability Plan

The Tokyo 2020 High-level Sustainability Plan outlines the basic approach and issues to be taken into account and the overall direction of the Plan to ensure sustainable Games planning and operations.
In addition, the High-level Sustainability Plan will provide a basis for ensuring that sustainability is considered from the planning stage of the Games while compiling ideas, opinions and information from various delivery partners.

For further details, please refer to the below document:

Games Delivery Partners refers to the Government of Japan, local municipal authorities and private sector companies that provide financial support and resources towards the planning and staging of the Games.

Tokyo 2020 Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code

To ensure the sustainable sourcing of products and services deemed vital to the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games, and in consideration of economic rationality, fairness and equity, the Tokyo 2020 Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code sets out the fundamental principles that will provide the foundation for the Code, and serve as a guide for the establishment of specific contents to be included in the Sourcing Code.

Please see below for further details.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainable Sourcing Code

This sourcing code was formulated to ensure the sustainability as well as economic rationality of all products, services, etc. procured by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) during the preparation and operating phases of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and clarifies the criteria and operating methods by which such products, services, etc. shall be procured. In addition, the sourcing code also defines the individual criteria for the sourcing of timber, agricultural products, livestock products, fishery products, paper, and palm oil.

Through conducting procurements in accordance with this sourcing code, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contribute to integrating sustainability into the preparations and operations of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Additionally, to realise a society that practices sustainable consumption and production in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), we will work towards expanding initiatives similar to this sourcing code, and achieving widespread public recognition of the importance of sustainability.

(Download a file)Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainable Sourcing Code (2nd edition) (PDF: 707.7 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber (PDF: 97.8 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Agricultural Products (PDF: 93.3 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Livestock Products (PDF: 95.5 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Fishery Products (PDF: 110.9 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Paper (PDF: 121.9 KB) (Download a file)Sourcing Code for the Promotion of Sustainable Palm Oil (PDF: 126.8 KB)

Please see below to view the Sustainable Sourcing Code, which was published in the past

Commentary on the Sustainable Sourcing Code

(Download a file)Commentary on the Sustainable Sourcing Code (PDF: 723.8 KB) (Download a file)Commentary on the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Agricultural Products (PDF: 891.1 KB) (Download a file)Commentary on the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Livestock Products (PDF: 744.9 KB) (Download a file)Commentary on the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Fishery Products (PDF: 560.6 KB)

Establishment of a Grievance Mechanism to handle reports of non-compliance with the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (hereafter: Tokyo 2020) has established a Grievance Mechanism, which will receive reports of non-compliance with the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code (hereafter: Sourcing Code), and respond fairly and transparently with a view to resolving reported cases promptly. The Mechanism will work in accordance with the Operational Standards.

In addition, Tokyo 2020 plans to establish an external Advisory Panel which will provide neutral feedback on each reported case; the candidate panel members will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

For reports of non-compliance, the dedicated form needs to be completed and sent to the below email address or by post to the below postal address.

(Download a file)Operational Standards (PDF: 97.4 KB) (Download a file)Reporting Form (Word: 22.0 KB) (Download a file)Tokyo2020 outline of grievance mechanis (PDF: 213.0 KB) (Download a file)Advisory Panel (PDF: 193.8 KB) (Download a file)Establishment of grievance mechanisms for the Sustainable Sourcing Code by Tokyo 2020, TMG and JSC (PDF: 101.9 KB)

Contact details for reports of non-compliance

E-mail address:grievance(at)suscode.tokyo2020.jp
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Postal address:

Sustainability Dept., Administration Bureau
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
11th floor, Shinjuku Park Tower
3-7-1 Nishi-shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
163-1011

Status of the reports received in the Grievance Mechanism for the Sustainable Sourcing Code

  • Status of the reports received in the Grievance Mechanism

(Download a file)Status of the reports received in the Grievance Mechanism (As of May 31, 2018) (PDF: 19.3 KB) (Download a file)Status of the reports received in the Grievance Mechanism (As of April 30, 2018) (PDF: 19.3 KB) This report will be updated monthly.

  • Result report for each case

(Download a file)Result report NO.1 (PDF: 75.8 KB) (Download a file)Result report NO.2 (PDF: 76.5 KB)

Solicitation of Public Comments on the Sustainable Sourcing Code (Draft)

We are seeking public comment on the draft for its future study.

Solicitation of Public Comments on the Sustainable Sourcing Code (Draft)
Solicitation of Public Comments has been closed.

Solicitation of Public Comments regarding the Grievance Mechanism for the Sustainable Sourcing Code

We are seeking public comment on the draft for its future study.

(Download a file)Outline of the Grievance Mechanism on the Sustainable Sourcing Code (PDF: 54.4 KB) Solicitation of Public Comments has been closed.

Solicitation of Public Comments on the Sustainable Sourcing Code for Palm Oil and Paper (draft)

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) is working to ensure the broad sustainability of the Tokyo 2020 Games, including in environmental, social, and economic terms. As part of that effort, we have made a commitment to making sustainability a consideration in the procurement process during preparations for, as well as the hosting of, the Games. In March 2017, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced the Sustainable Sourcing Code (1st edition).

Following this, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has been studying the “Sourcing Code for the Promotion of Sustainable Palm Oil” and the “Sustainable Sourcing Code for Paper” through discussion in the Working Group for Sustainable Sourcing. As drafts for these codes have been compiled, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is currently inviting public comments on them for future study.

(Download a file)Sourcing Code for the Promotion of Sustainable Palm Oil(draft) (PDF: 155.6 KB) (Download a file)Sustainable Sourcing Code for Paper(draft) (PDF: 142.7 KB)

Public comment period

Friday, 16 March, 2018 to 5:00 pm on Friday, 30 March, 2018 (JST)

Submission method

Please fill in the required information on the following form and submit as an e-mail attachment

(Download a file)Comments on the Sustainable Sourcing Code (draft) (for Palm Oil and Paper) (Excel: 49.9 KB)

E-mail address for submitting comments

Please submit comments to the below address:
Sustainability Department, Bureau of Administration,
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

E-mail address: sustainability(at)tokyo2020.jp

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Please write, “ Comments on the draft Sustainable Sourcing Code for Palm Oil and Paper ” in your e-mail subject line.
Comments will be accepted in Japanese or English.

Other

  • Please avoid offering comments that do not relate to the Sustainable Sourcing Code(draft).
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Follow-up on the implementation of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber

As part of its follow-up efforts on the implementation of the Code, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) discloses the following information on the concrete formwork plywood being procured for the construction of venues by Tokyo 2020, the TMG and the JSC. The information will be updated every six months.

Information on the concrete formwork plywood procured

As of the end of May 2018

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Venue Classification Country of manufacture Quantity (sheet)
Olympic Gymnastic Centre Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Malaysia 3,300
Reused plywood 4,300

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Venue Classification Country of manufacture Quantity (sheet)
Olympic Aquatics Centre Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Malaysia 8,400
Reused plywood 18,800
Ariake Arena Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Japan 6,000
Plywood that due-diligence has been conducted for as required in Paragraph 4 of the Code Indonesia 8,700
Japan 10,100
Sea Forest Waterway Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Japan 5,100
Malaysia 2,700
Ariake Tennis Park (not procured yet)
Seaside Park Hockey Stadium (not procured yet)
Canoe Slalom Course Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Malaysia 1,400

Japan Sport Council

Venue Classification Country of manufacture Quantity (sheet)
Olympic Stadium Certified plywood as required in Paragraph 3 of the Code Malaysia 3,000
Japan 1,900
Plywood that due-diligence has been conducted for as required in Paragraph 4 of the Code Indonesia 110,200
Reused plywood 9,600

The figures in the "Quantity" column are rounded.