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To recognize outstanding sustainable contributions in the sports arena and beyond, the World Forum for Ethics in Business since 2014 honors outstanding organizations and individuals with the Ethics in Sports Award.  The 2022 Ethics in Sports Award in the category ‘Outstanding Organization’ was conferred upon Germany’s first league soccer club 1. FC Union Berlin e.V.

Brussels, 1 November 2022 – In a moving ceremony during the 6th World Summit on Ethics & Leadership in Sports from 13-14 October 2022 in Bangalore, India, the current Bundesliga front-runner 1. FC Union Berlin was announced as winner of the Ethics in Sports Award in the category ‘Outstanding Organization’

Addressing the audience via video message upon announcement of the Award, 1. FC Union Berlin‘s President Dirk Zingler said: ‘To be honored with the Ethics in Sports Award for ‚Outstanding Organization‘ fills us with pride and gratitude. 1. FC Union Berlin and the many people who shape it have always seen football as being a part of society that has the power to be effective far beyond the borders of sport. I accept this Award with great pride for all those committed to serving the social needs of people in and around our club.’

By conferring the Award for “Outstanding Organization” to 1. FC Union Berlin, the Board of Directors of the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) recognized in particular 1. FC Union Berlin’s deeply-rooted social responsibility and commitment to address social issues through their various initiatives, which, among others, use sport as a tool in the education and development of the young generation and teach important values such as respect, tolerance and teamwork. Through 1. FC Union Berlin’s achievements and value-driven initiatives, the organization serve as a role model not only for the sport, but for the community at large. 1. FC Union Berlin has impressively shown that sporting success and social responsibility can go hand in hand, and, in fact, that a leadership-style based on human values and ethics are the pillar for sustainable success.

About the Award
The Ethics in Sports Award stems from the annual Ethics in Business Award conferred by the World Forum for Ethics in Business to honor individuals and companies that have demonstrated the importance of human values and ethics in life and in the business arena. The Award was instituted in 2006, and is presented annually at the International Leadership Symposium organized by the World Forum for Ethics in Business at the European Parliament. 18 winners have received this award over the past years.

In 2014, for the first time, WFEB recognized outstanding sustainable contributions in the sports arena and once again in 2016, 2018 and 2019. The Ethics in Sports Award recognizes an organization and / or individual that have been a leading role model in radiating and embodying ethical behavior in life and in the sports area. The recipients have inspired people to observe and practice human values, and to give equal, if not greater importance, to human values vis-à-vis success in sports. Winners are selected by the Board of Directors of the WFEB.

About the 6th World Summit on Ethics & Leadership in Sports
The 6th World Summit on Ethics & Leadership in Sports was held from 13-14 October 2022 in Bangalore, India and welcomed more than 400 delegates from 45 countries to seek a roadmap for protecting the original values of sports, and to unite people through sports in a post-pandemic world riddled by conflict, economic crisis and mental health issues.

The Summit was organized by the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB), a Brussels-based global NGO with special consultative status at the United Nations’ ECOSOC, in partnership with Dr. Rau Foundation, and is a continuation of WFEB’s dedicated Ethics in Sports conference series. Earlier summits were held in collaboration with institutions such as FIFA, FC Union Berlin, Anti-Doping Norway and FairSport.

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