Using the Power of Sport to Change the World
Robbert de Kock
WFSGI President / CEO, WFSGI
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic Family.
The WFSGI is an independent association with no objective of economic character for its own gain and formed by sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses.
The WFSGI is composed of Executive and Board members, 8 core Committees and additional working groups which exchange information on various issues and topics. WFSGI Members meet at least once per year in an Ordinary General Assembly called the “Annual Meeting”. The General Assembly approves the budget and strategic direction of the WFSGI as proposed by the Board, and elects the Board, President and Committee members for a three year terms.
- Guidance and Leadership
WFSGI Members have access to an unparalleled network of major brands, retailers and manufacturers, including direct contact with executives and experts.
The exchange of knowledge and expertise that takes place at member events and meetings is an invaluable support for the expansion of your business.
- Professional Network
The WFSGI Membership builds your professional network across sectors and borders.
You will have first access to emerging knowledge and industry changes.
You can gain recognition for your expertise and thought leadership in a particular industry sector or technical specialization.
- WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme
The WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme is free of charge for WFSGI Members and embraces the global production of FIFA licensed products – footballs (FIFA Quality, FIFA Quality Pro and IMS), artificial turf and goal-line technology systems.
As part of the FIFA Quality Programme the Pledge shall ascertain that these products are manufactured in compliance with globally recognized labour principles and without the involvement of child labour.
WFSGI Members are offered free webinars with experts and industry leaders on specific topics that are of interest for the industry (on demand).
- Access to Information
Active WFSGI Members get first access to emerging knowledge, reports and recommendations that will shape the industry, before its general public release.
Other information services include the WFSGI News Alert and industry updates by the Member Only Newsletter, as well as the annual WFSGI Magazine - our communication flagship - and a high-profile source of expert insights.
- Technical Support
WFSGI Members receive free initial advice and discount legal fees from the WFSGI Trade and Legal Helpdesk.
Advice from the Sustainability Helpdesk is fully free of charge.
- Tradeshow Support
WFSGI Members benefit from special exhibitor terms for tradeshows such as: ISPO Munich, ISPO Beijing and ISPO Shanghai, among others.
The WFSGI represents its members vis-à-vis the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sports Federations (IFs) on any subject of concern for the sporting goods industry including equipment and advertisement regulations.
The WFSGI is present during Olympic Games to support the members with technical accreditations, tickets for hospitality programmes, and in case of dispute and mediation with the organizing committee, NOCs and/or other stakeholders.
- WFSGI Magazine
The WFSGI Magazine is the only high-profile publication in the industry and our communication flagship.
High-level authors and experts give insight into industry topics, tendencies and facts. WFSGI’s annual publication gathers articles on important topics for the industry such as the promotion of physical activity and health, sustainability, international trade and manufacturing challenges as well as bicycle issues.
The Board controls and supervises the management of the WFSGI and may operate by complying with a specific written code of conduct as agreed upon by a simple majority of all board members.
In addition to the functions mentioned herein, the Board prepares – among others - proposals relative to By-laws, controls and supervises the use of membership fees and other revenues generated by the WFSGI in the best interest of the WFSGI’s Members. It also administers and supervises WFSGI’s programs and prepares the annual budget, including proposals for membership fee changes. It also prepares and approves the strategic direction of the WFSGI.
Chair and CEO, Representative Director, WFSGI
President and Executive Director, Anta Sports Products Limited
President and CEO SFIA - Sports and Fitness Industry Association, WFSGI Vice-President Americas, WFSGI Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI
Chairman Pentland Brands Ltd., WFSGI Vice-President Europe/Africa, WFSGI Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI
Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company
Chief Operating Officer, Under Armour
President, RG3 Consulting
Executive Vice President, Specialized Bicycle Components
Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, New Balance Shoe, Inc.
Managing Director, NIVIA representing SGEPC
Chairman / Honorary President, TBS Company representing TSMA
Director Marketing and Development, Capital Sports representing SCCI
CFO, WFSGI Treasurer, Intersport International Corp.
President, TECNICA GROUP SPA
Director of Sports Marketing & Sports Licensing & General Manager, PUMA International Sports Marketing B.V. , Puma SE
Senior Directo Global Government Affairs, Global Legal & Compliance, adidas
Chairman and CEO, Messe Munich GmbH
John Larsen President Emeritus, Inc. and Director New Balance UK, WFSGI Honorary President, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
Owner, MP Consulting
Executive Board Member, Sport 2000 International
Vice President, Apache Footwear
Senior Partner and CEO of Anwaltskanzlei Dassler, WFSGI past President, WFSGI
Chief Operating Officer, Victory Group
Jeroen Snijders Blok
COO, Accell Group
CEO, International Brand Partners LLC
CEO, Li Ning Sporting Goods Co. Ltd.
Purchasing Director, Decathlon
Senior Vice President Government and Public Affairs, Immediate past WFSGI Chair, WFSGI
Robbert de Kock
WFSGI President / CEO, WFSGI
Legal Counsel, WFSGI