Crave the Planet Celebrates UTMB® Mont-Blanc 2023’s New CSR Initiatives and Environmental Innovations


UTMB® Mont-Blanc has always been committed to fairness, respect, mutual aid, solidarity, and the preservation of the fragile Mont Blanc ecosystem. In collaboration with the ‘Association des Amis de l’ UTMB Mont Blanc, the event has developed across its social, environmental, and economic obligations while preserving its values.

In 2023, UTMB® Mont-Blanc is taking its commitment to the next level with new initiatives and innovations.

Solidarity at the Heart of UTMB® Mont-Blanc’s Commitments

UTMB® Mont-Blanc has raised over €3 million for 37 charities between 2014 and 2023, making them proud and motivated to go even further in the years to come.

mont blanc regenerative initiatives

The event offers ‘solidarity race bibs’ in support of French, Italian, and Swiss associations defending various causes such as environment conservation and regeneration, aid for children, support for populations in difficulty, and medical research, etc.

In 2023, 181 ‘solidarity race bibs’ were offered in support of 12 associations, two of which are new this year. UTMB Group has also created a new UTMB® Cares endowment fund and introduced 55 ‘Care Bibs’, giving runners the opportunity to support environmental projects, mentoring programs, alternative forms of transport in mountain environments, and local associations.

Inclusion and Equality: Driving Values for UTMB Mont Blanc

UTMB® Mont-Blanc is proud to have a fair allocation of race numbers for elite male and female athletes at its finals. The event has over 22% female participation across all its races this year, a number that is slowly increasing.

UTMB® Mont-Blanc has been applying its new pregnancy policy over the last few months, which allows new parents to return to the trail in a safe environment and within a comfortable period after the arrival of a child.

Other measures designed to promote greater equality in trail running, particularly for athletes with disabilities or transgender and non-binary people, will be introduced between now and the end of the year.

Massive Investment and Daily Measures to Protect the Environment

UTMB® Mont-Blanc has introduced several measures aimed at preserving its playing field and raising awareness. In 2023, the event is stepping up its mobility plan with an investment of almost half a million euros.

Click here for the official press release.

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