BASIS - The British Association for Sustainable Sport

12 Principles

12 Principles
12 Principles

To provide a structure against which sustainability performance can be managed and assessed, BASIS uses twelve principles which are categorised into the three related pillars of environmental responsibility, social progress and economic activity. The principles are each described below, select a category to scroll to the relevant section.

Environmental

Energy and emissions

To minimise greenhouse gas emissions from all sources including buildings, equipment and other operational sources, including emissions from non-energy sources such as refrigeration.

Waste Management

To minimise the generation of waste. All unavoidable waste to be reused, recycled or recovered with no waste sent for incineration or landfill.

Water and Effluents

To use water efficiently and effectively, to dispose of wastewater appropriately, avoiding watercourse pollution and to design buildings and hard landscaping surfaces to avoid local issues such as flooding.

Materials and Chemicals

To use sustainable, healthy, non-toxic products and raw materials with low embodied energy which are sourced locally and made from reusable, recyclable and/or recycled resources.

Transport and Travel

To minimise the impacts of transport and travel by reducing journeys and using low and zero-carbon transport and travel options.

Food and Drink

To reduce the impact of food and drink production, use and disposal by choosing local, seasonal, high welfare and organic produce; minimising waste and, where waste is unavoidable, segregating and disposing of waste in a positive- or low-impact way; and redistributing unused food and drink where possible.

Biodiversity and Habitats

To encourage and protect biodiversity and wildlife habitats through appropriate land use, management and integration into the built environment.

Social

Accessibility and Equality

To provide facilities and services that are physically accessible to all and to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all with knowledgeable, confident staff.

Healthy Options

To give opportunities to staff, fans and other visitors to improve their physical and mental well-being, including healthy food options and opportunities for active travel.

Engagement and Education

To engage with, and respond to the needs of, your communities of interest at all scales from local residents to global fan bases. This includes groups such as disabled spectators.

Economic

Procurement and Employment

To incorporate economic, social and environmental considerations into all procurement and employment decisions including, as appropriate, life-cycle comparisons, end-of-life disposal, employee conditions and fair trade status. Incorporating sustainability requirements into all supplier contracts.

Economy and Community

To support and have positive impacts on the local economy and local community, including community engagement.

Certification and Training

If you want to apply our sustainability principles to your organisation, why not discover our training and certification options?

Associate Membership

Associate BASIS members must join through their Umbrella organisation. You can check to see if your umbrella is a member by using our Members page and then enquire directly with them about membership. If you’re not sure or need help, feel free to contact us.

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