24. September 2015

An der Alten Försterei Stadium, Berlin, Germany


The Ethics in Sports Symposium Berlin will throw light upon two subjects: On one hand the symposium will elaborate on what business and politics can learn from sports and how value-based leadership can enable sustainable success in business as well as sports. Valuable interactive discussions with top athletes and experts from the world of sports and business will be available.

On the other hand, the symposium will discuss current challenges in the current sports ethics and governance and the dwindling trust in sports’ representatives and institutions. Today’s situation in the global football scenario will be in the center of the debates.

The symposium will also bring into perspective how institutions’ performance, as well as individuals’ in sports and business, can and should be measured in a meaningful way. In doing so, we want to ask, whether success and financial performance are sufficient as evaluation criteria, or in what way the holistic contribution to man and environment has to be considered as well?

16:00 – 16:30h: Registration and networking

16:30 – 16:40h: Inaugural address

16:40 – 16:50h: Opening speech

16:50 – 16:55h: Keynote address 

16:55 – 17:05h: Keynote address

17:05 – 18:05h: Panel discussion: Creating sustainable success – what we can learn from sports

Successful leadership as a result brings together diverse groups of people in achieving a common goal. This panel discussion will showcase best practice examples from sports and business and ask the question: what is the secret to sustainable success and what can business and politics learn from sports? 

18:05 – 18:20h: Questions and answers

18:20 – 18:45h: Break

18:45 – 19:45h: Panel discussion: Is there a place for sportsmanship and ethics in today’s professional sports scenario? – Challenges on and off the pitch

Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that sports or any other activities are enjoyed for their own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics and mutual respect. However, today it seems that the end justifies every mean, hence the question arises: Are success and sportsmanship complimentary or even contradictory?

In recent years, sport organizations have been growing immensely in size and influence; therefore it is crucial that their structure, attitude and culture are aligned with current challenges such as the allocation of events or transfers. But also on the pitch, with the matters of match fixing and doping, there are problems that demand new solution strategies.

This panel will assess the current reality in sports’ governance from different perspectives and suggest possible solutions.

19:45 – 20:00h: Questions and answers

20:00 – 20:20h: Closing and outlook

20:20 – 21:00h: Penalty shoot and reception