Athletics for a Better World

Athletics is the world’s sport – nothing is more simple or universal.

This means accepting a global responsibility to use the power and reach of athletics to make a positive difference.

Athletics for a Better World is World Athletics' social responsibility programme, which harnesses the commitment and energy of the worldwide athletics family to inspire lasting change, and promotes all projects that seek to use athletics as a tool for social good.

Social responsibility is a key element of World Athletics' Strategic Plan and allows athletics to be seen as more than just another performance-driven sport but as something with much more to offer.

World Athletics provides the leadership so that our stake holders can add value to their own work by concentrating the synergies of projects in the fields of health, environment, social inclusion and peace.


Mass athletics participation activities which contribute to creating a healthier, fitter society, especially for young people.


Green projects which are sustainable and use athletics to show respect for the world’s precious natural resources and advocate eco-effective competition guidelines.

Social inclusion

We can use athletics to bring people together and to help overcome the challenges caused by social inequality.


By working with external partners, we can ensure there is awareness and advocacy for using sport to bring peace to areas of conflict.