Jerez Declaration – the way forward

From right to left: Vito Ippolito, FIM Président; Kattia Juarez HERNANDEZ, Director FIM CIE; Nita Korhonen, Director FIM CFM, Ignacio Verneda FIM CEO.

From right to left: Vito Ippolito, FIM Président; Kattia Juarez HERNANDEZ, Director FIM CIE; Nita Korhonen, Director FIM CFM, Ignacio Verneda FIM CEO.

During its Women+Sustainability Conference held in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) on 19-20 November 2015, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) drafted a document based on the discussions of the various breakout and plenary sessions. “The Jerez Declaration” compiles a series of agreements and commitments on these highly topical areas which are of vital importance for our society as well as for our sport.

It is no coincidence that, the week after the Conference, 196 Nations gathered in Paris (France) at the COP21 to find concrete solutions to the crisis of climate change. It was clearly highlighted at the Conference that sustainability and equity are major topics that need to be addressed and placed on the sports agenda.

Sport plays a predominant role in society: it is a vehicle for values but also for change, capable of making attitudes evolve. Sport can become a powerful and influential platform and contribute to finding tangible solutions to the issues raised. Motorcycling is a means of transport but also a sport attracting masses and filling the world’s sporting calendar with a wide array of events open to men and women. It is a unique platform to convey the right messages and help to usher in change.

The FIM has a clear and defined strategic plan with three main key objectives that take into account the promotion of women in all motorcycling-related activities as well as contributing to sustainable development (17 goals of sustainable development) with, as the end target, the possibility of enjoying the magic of sport in harmony with nature and in a totally inclusive way.

To achieve the commitments listed in the Jerez Declaration, it is essential for all parties to work together in synergy and in the same direction. Active collaboration and cooperation with Continental Unions, National Federations, Promoters, Organisers, Sponsors, Teams as well as with Athletes and a wide range of Stakeholders is the key. 

Two main commitments extracted from the Jerez Declaration command our special attention:
• Monitor and evaluate technological advances and good environmental practices and apply them as appropriate. 
• Foster female participation in all spheres: administrative, sporting and technical. 
Together with all like-minded sports and with the support of all our stakeholders, the FIM will be working steadily towards those goals in 2016 and beyond. 


First conference is a huge success

The first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference held over the last two days in Jerez, Spain ahead of the FIM Gala Ceremony has been declared a huge success with great attendances and feedback across all the various sessions that have been hosted in the historic surroundings of the Museos de la Atalaya.

Summing up Kattia Hernandez - FIM International Environment Commission Director stated. “It has been beyond our expectations, our panelists have been fantastic we have learnt so much from them and they have also inspired the audiences that in turn has created an incredible level of interaction from all the parties who have attended.”

“As we know that until now it has not been common practice to talk about these kind of subjects in the motorcycle community, but now this is a moment of change and is an important time in the history of the FIM as it is clear that we can use our sport to communicate these messages. Now our challenge is to continue to build on the foundations we have created here in Jerez and to look how we can improve them in the future, not just in terms of the conference, but our overall sustainability programme to ensure we can always leave a legacy through our work.”

Reinforcing these comments Nita Korhonen - FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director added. “I am really impressed by the feedback and the level of engagement, we always had a great vision about this conference, but now it has become reality over the last two days here in Jerez. The response to the sheer quality and level of our panelists has been really overwhelming. We already knew their CV’s, but to hear their stories of accomplishment first hand has educated us all. It is clear we have to do another conference in the future. We can adapt and learn from this first edition, and perhaps to be able to take it outside of Europe in the future would really help us extend and share our work on a truly global basis.”

Day two of the conference

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This morning marks the second day of the groundbreaking FIM Women and Sustainability Conference in Jerez, Spain. Following last night’s official opening ceremony and initial session today will see a packed schedule of sessions covering a range of thought provoking topics that will include Greening our Events, Inspiring Volunteers in Motorcycling, Breaking down Barriers, Education as a Pillar of Sustainable Sport, Preserving the world for future generations, and Inspiring young people to make a difference.

Expert speakers from both the motorcycle community and from a diverse spectrum of other sports and backgrounds will debate the varied subject matter with each being given its own break-out session throughout the day before the FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda will bring the event to a close later today.

During his opening speech the FIM CEO explained the importance of hosting the inaugural FIM Women and Sustainability Conference here in Jerez.

“Today we are meeting here in Jerez. It is a city internationally recognised for the great sporting activity on its circuit as well as for its horses, its bodegas, its wines and the industry that surrounds them, and for a host of other things besides. Allow me to share with you something that may seem trivial but that has a great importance for me in the context of the circumstances in which I am speaking to you.”

“Twelve months ago, many of us met up here in this same city for the FIM General Assembly and Gala. Many of our delegates and myself used a taxi from time to time. The taxi drivers always asked the same question: Are you here for the FIM? And as the conversation went on, they would say to you that it was very important for the city that we were here in the off-season to boost jobs and the local economy. The same reception was given to the delegates who went to the hairdressers and all those who went to restaurants and bought things in the shops. This is just a small reflection of our positive impact, of a positive impact that we are not always capable of evaluating, valuing and ‘selling’.”

Women + Sustainability conference

After offering a warm welcome to all those gathered at the opening ceremony for the Women + Sustainability Conference held at the Museos de la Atalaya, Jerez - FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda went on to say.

“For the FIM, this Conference is a “Première”, but it is a logical step following on from many years of work and serious engagement in favour of sustainability in our sport and its practice by women. Women’s Motorcycling and Sustainable Motorcycling are key projects in the Strategic Plan of our Federation and in our day-to-day work. We have two specific commissions devoted to these projects, the International Environment Commission and the Women in Motorcycling Commission, and we are proud to have at the helm of these commissions two women who are doing a great job and it is them more than anyone who are responsible for bringing us all together here in this hall.”

The Women + Sustainability Conference represents a unique event gathering of twenty experts from fourteen different countries and several different continents to explore two themes that are of key importance for the world of sport and for the world of motorcycling in particular: Women + Sustainability. The fundamental aim of this conference is to highlight the various points of view on those two major themes emanating from the different sectors and to share the experiences of a range of projects and initiatives.

Emmett set to host new conference

MotoGP broadcaster Gavin Emmett is a well-known face to race fans across the globe thanks to his long association with the premier two-wheel discipline and is a respected voice when it comes to all things motorcycling. Therefore the highly experienced on screen reporter was the perfect choice when it came to selecting someone to act as host at the first ever FIM Women + Sustainability Conference that will open in Jerez at 19.00hrs (local time) today.

Emmett will be joined by FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda to officially open the conference tonight before he then takes up his main role as moderator for the first of two main sessions that will also be complimented by another four topic focused sessions over the two-day event that concludes tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s opening ceremony Emmett said. “I was delighted to be asked to be part of the inaugural FIM Women + Sustainability Conference. In my normal line of work I am very much focused on what happens out on the track, so it is great to have the chance to showcase two topics that are becoming a more and more important part of motorcycling, but are often overlooked. It is going to be interesting to share the floor with the many experts we have lined up and to learn and share ideas about how we can create better awareness and actions around Women and Sustainability within motorcycling.”

Carrasco & Cortanze compare their success stories in Jerez

The first ever FIM Women + Sustainability in Motorcycling Conference will gather together top-level female racers from different decades.

For the first time ever, people will have the chance to listen to the best women in motorcycle sport comparing their career paths and discussing the key factors that made them so successful.

Moto3 rider Ana Carrasco, who is the first female rider to score points in the Moto3 class and the first female rider to score points in any class since 2001, is looking forward to finding out if her career path has been similar to that of Frenchwoman Martine de Cortanze, 2015 FIM Woman Legend and one the first seven women to participate in the Dakar, where she set the first female record in the event’s history (11th position). Cortanze competed as a rally driver, motorcycle and speedboat racer in the 1960s and ‘70s with an impressive record in all three categories.

Motorcycles have been big part of my life since I was a child. I have had the pleasure to work with my passion and do what I love. Now I am really looking forward to sharing my story as one of the panellists at this historic conference. It will be really interesting to discuss our experiences with other top-level women and compare the factors that have influenced our careers, Carrasco says.

While preparing for the conference, Cortanze has been spending time pondering on things such as how passion is transformed into motivation or what proportions of determination, luck and capability are needed if a project, be it sporting or professional, is to succeed.

“Perhaps it was wanting, most of all, that guided me in my choices. Wanting to dance a choreography of turns and bends, to bounce in the ruts and the pebbles, to take off on the hillocks and the dunes. And it was also wanting to be the best. Wanting it with all my strength. And putting everything I had at the service of that ambition”, Cortanze admits.

In the session “Breaking down Barriers: women in leadership roles and how they got there”, Carrasco and Cortanze will be joined by Erin Hunter-Sills, 12 times World and National Land Speed Record Holder and two times Guinness World Record Holder, and Kristin Engvig, Founder and CEO of Women’s International Networking, who will share some ideas on how to apply these success stories to business life. We are awaiting confirmation of a fifth panelist and will be communicating further details in due course.

The two-day FIM Women + Sustainability Conference will be organised in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on 19-20 of November. At this event, unique of its kind, 25 experts from 14 different countries and several different continents will meet up to explore two themes that are of key importance for the world of sport and for the world of motorcycling in particular: Women + Sustainability.

An event managed for a minimal footprint

"A sustainable event is one designed, organised and implemented in a way that minimises potential negative impacts and leaves a beneficial legacy for the host community and for everyone .”

The event has been planned on a sustainable basis. From the outset, in the very first stages, various factors were taken into account that will minimise the potential negative impacts on the environment and leave a beneficial legacy for the community of Jerez and all those involved.

Minimum use of paper; the documents the participants need will be published in various electronic media

A sustainable event is one designed, organised and implemented in a way that minimises potential negative impacts and leaves a beneficial legacy for the host community and for everyone.
  • Reasonable limits on energy consumption
  • Appropriate waste management
  • Use of local suppliers for catering and materials
  • Promotion of local artisans
  • Promotion of local tourism
  • Publicising local culture
  • Hotels with sustainability policies
  • Shuttles for participants
  • Reduction in plastics and packaging
  • Reusable cups to reduce use of plastic bottles Offsetting of emissions

Edgar Farrera and Tomé Alfonso, the men at the helm of two major circuits, will be present at the Conference

A sustainable event is one designed, organised and implemented in a way that minimises potential negative impacts and leaves a beneficial legacy for the host community and for everyone.

Edgar Farrera, Director of Sustainability at the Circuit of the Americas, and Tomé Alfonso, Director of the MotorLand Circuit in Aragón, Spain, will be sharing their visions and experiences of one of the FIM’s flagship programmes, KiSS (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable). Both have organised sustainable events at their respective venues, and their experiences will make an enriching contribution to the session at which they will be making a guest appearance, “Greening our Events: The KiSS programme as a benchmark for the future”. This will be a unique opportunity to listen to panellists with an impressive track record. They will be accompanied by Cristina Martin, environmental consultant and co-author of the Evaluation of KiSS Barcelona, Marco Riva, pioneer of the KiSS programme at the Mugello Circuit and General Manager, Operations, at Yamaha Motor Racing, and Katia Juárez Hernández, Director of the FIM International Environment Commission and Coordinator of the KiSS programme for the FIM. This panel will be moderated by Luca Guzzabocca, a highly respected professional in his field with twenty-six years of experience in sustainable purchasing and supply-chain management. He has worked in a number of Italian companies in the field of sustainability.

Women + Sustainability in Motorcycling Conference

We are pleased to inform you that the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the City of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) will be hosting the first Women + Sustainability in Motorcycling Conference this year. This high-level conference will take place from 19 to 20 November 2015 in Jerez de la Frontera. 

On this occasion, the FIM, with the support of the authorities of the City of Jerez, 2015 World Capital of Motorcycling, will bring together over 30 international experts on gender and sustainability. This unique event will offer a high level of knowledge and expertise in two key areas of motorcycling and will be an opportunity to engage in discussions, network and share ideas. The conference will consist of two plenary sessions and four topic sessions.

The primary objective of this Conference is to present research, projects and experience on themes around women and sustainability and to exchange experiences at all levels in order to reinforce the work and knowledge of all our interest groups. 

A further objective is to provide the world of sport with a showcase to present sustainability programmes and enable sport to contribute actively to the raising of awareness among thousands of spectators through positive messages to the community and, at the same time, to put forward a tangible proposal for sustainable work through the Declaration of Jerez.

The FIM is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The FIM is committed to caring for the environment and created its International Environment Commission (CIE) to enforce this policy. The FIM was the first international sports federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1994. The FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) was created to promote the presence of women in all related motorcycling activities and to provide them with better opportunities and possibilities. 

The FIM looks forward to having the pleasure of your company at the 2015 FIM Women + Sustainability in Motorcycling Conference.