At the core of our vision is to make Table Tennis accessible to everyone, for life and for generations to come. To achieve this, our sport has made it its mission to put People, Planet, and Prosperity at the heart of everything we do.
“Table Tennis. For All. For Life. Forever.” was born.
Sustainability in Table Tennis
Sustainability in Table Tennis refers to the practice of ensuring the ITTF Group and its stakeholders fulfil its needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do so. It involves balancing not just the environmental factors, but the social and economic factors to create a healthy, equitable, and prosperous society in, through and for the table tennis community.
Commitments and Responsibilities
As a leading global indoor sport with 227 member associations, the ITTF Group has acknowledged sustainability as a crucial part of the organisation’s strategic priorities which has been added to the ITTF Strategic Plan.
To formalise its commitment, the ITTF Group signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Sport for Climate Action Framework in 2022. It remains committed to playing its part in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and will adhere to the following:
1. Undertake systematic efforts to promote greater environmental responsibility;
2. Reduce overall climate impact;
3. Educate for climate action;
4. Promote sustainable and responsible consumption;
5. Advocate for climate action through communication.
In addition, the ITTF Group was one of the founding organisations to support the Sport for Nature Framework in 2023. It remains fully aligned with the international community to ensure the holistic impact that table tennis brings about.
ITTF Group Sustainability Action Plan 2025 – Key Priorities:
The ITTF Group Sustainability Action Plan 2025 was built as a first step to meet the above commitments following the IOC Sustainability Guidelines. It will align with 10 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) identified in the Kazan Action plan as areas in which sports can have the most influence in and those of the IOC Agenda 365.
The Action Plan defines the concrete steps the ITTF Group will be taking in the coming years, under four priority areas:
ITTF Group leading by example as a 3-entity organisation:
Priority 1. Governance, culture and identity
Priority 2. Direct impacts: measurement, reporting and solutions
ITTF Group as a major event contractor, organiser and equipment accreditor:
Priority 3. Indirect impacts: measurement, reporting and setting new standards together with stakeholders
ITTF Group as a global federation of Table Tennis together with its members:
Priority 4. Education and community engagement
The Climate Action Plan 2025 presents the ITTF Group’s commitment to include sustainability in all its operations, and table tennis is working to be part of the solution to one of the most pressing challenges of our time.