“The strong helps the weak – This is the motto of the multi-faceted societal responsibility commitment of the 1. FC Union Berlin. It encompasses projects which are directly connected to football, as well as the promotion of culture and arts, the work with refugees, the topic of health and the commitment against racism, homophobia and discrimination of any kind. Is it for the ethical values which prompt us to use the integrating power of sports in a way which benefits society. The Ethics in Sports Symposium Berlin, held at the stadium An der Alten Försterei, to which we are inviting, together with the WFEB, serves as a platform for exchange on how the values of sports can affect other areas of society, such as politics and business and also on which challenges it is facing, and how the actors in sports can prepare for them. I am looking forward to distinguished speakers and interesting talks.”

Dirk Zingler was born in August 1964 in Königs Wusterhausen in Brandenburg, Germany and was raised in Eichwalde. Educated as a maintenance technician, he is an entrepreneur since 1995 and is the owner of a construction logistics company with 300 Employees. As an “Unioner” for more than 40 years and as member of an Union-fan-club, he took the post of president at the 1. FC Union Berlin in 2004. Since then, the Club has taken to a speedy development in the last years, and became well established in german professional football, without losing its traditional as well as innovative character. Dirk Zingler is married and has three children.