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6 Jan 2022

Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (Dutch Football Association) - KNVB

Response from the Dutch Football Association to questions on human rights risks and due diligence ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

We have been aware of the human rights situation in Qatar for a long time. This is why we advocated for the implementation of a human rights criteria in the bidding procedure around our 125th anniversary in 2014. We call this the Pact of Amsterdam. In the years since then, we have been in close contact with several human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International and the International Labor Organization, to discuss the situation at hand. We trust their expertise as they have done extensive research on the matter and monitor developments closely. Additionally, communication with local authorities, the Embassy of The Netherlands in Doha, and the Supreme Committee for the Delivery and Legacy aided us in staying up to date with these developments...

When the time comes to select a hotel, we will once again trust the knowledge and advice of experts. FIFA has taken the due diligence to provide all national football associations with a list of hotels that conform to human rights standards. All these hotels have signed a human rights clause in the contract, and they will all be audited prior to the World Cup. We will select a hotel from this list. The same holds true for the other amenities that our national team will make use of during the World Cup as the KNVB will engage in similar discussions to ensure we make socially aware choices.

For now, we can say that the KNVB will also continue working with the UEFA Working group on Workers’ Rights to further develop a list of questions that can be used during the conversations with any service providers for the World Cup in Qatar. Based on the answers provided we will engage with the boards of the companies to emphasize our commitment to contribute to good working conditions for the employees. In addition to this, we will continue to be an active participant in the discussions with FIFA and UEFA about human rights due diligence checks throughout the supply chain. We will also make use of the advice of the ILO and BWI in our due diligence process.