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Roma join UEFA & ECA in piloting new football sustainability framework

Jamie Spencer
Roma have a long history of social responsibility
Roma have a long history of social responsibility / Paolo Bruno/GettyImages

Roma have joined forces with UEFA and the ECA to become the first club to pilot key parts of the framework laid out in the Football Sustainability Strategy 2030.

Roma is a leading club when it comes to commitment to social responsibility and has a long history in the field. The Giallorossi will also now become a key member of the newly formed ECA Sustainability Working Group.

The club will work with UEFA on ‘sustainability ambitions and deliver a lasting legacy for sustainability in European football’. That will include initiatives designed to create guidelines for ‘socially responsible and environmentally friendly actions’. Roma will also test a range of new tools for UEFA-associated clubs throughout this season.

Roma are committed to creating a ‘robust and transparent sustainability strategy’, with support from purpose-driven sustainability agency Enovation Consulting. More details of the plans will be revealed later in the year.

“We are both honoured and motivated by the opportunity to collaborate with UEFA on this important part of our sustainability journeys,” said Pietro Berardi, AS Roma’s Corporate Chief Executive Officer

“Being able to work collaboratively with UEFA as European football begins to implement new sustainability practices is not only recognition of the extensive efforts we as a club have made in the field of corporate social responsibility in recent times – but also an additional incentive to take that process even further and help make a decisive difference across the sport.

“We look forward to working closely with all related stakeholders, among whom we can now proudly include UEFA and ECA, as we embark on the process of developing a well-rounded and robust sustainability strategy that we all believe is so important for the future.”

Michele Uva, UEFA Director of Football and Social Responsibility, added, “Football must not simply intercept and follow sustainability and societal trends – it must anticipate and originate them.

Uva added, that strategy is “…guided by the belief that sustainability is at the core of the success of European football. Together with ECA’s newly formed Sustainability Working Group, we will support clubs as they move from ambition to actioning respect for human rights and the environment.”

Charlie Marshall, ECA Chief Executive Officer said that, “Sustainability represents a priority in the ECA agenda for the present and the future.

“We are very proud of working closely with our members, through the newly formed ECA Sustainability Working Group, and with UEFA to enable all ECA Member Clubs to become Sustainability Champions paving the way to a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable football industry. We thank AS Roma for their commitment to this agenda as a key member of the ECA Sustainability Working Group and we look forward to moving together from ambition to action.”