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30 May 2022

Centre for Sport and Human Rights

Collective Action and Responsible Participation in Mega Sporting Events, Developing knowledge and best practices for Football Associations in engaging the hospitality sector in Qatar

This...is a report of the webinar convened by the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, which brought together actors in the sport ecosystem to explore what steps Football Associations (FAs) can take to responsibly participate in mega sporting events, with a specific focus on the upcoming World Cup in Qatar and the hospitality sector...

National Football Associations (FAs) are clearly a critical part of this ecosystem, and their participation in events is increasingly under scrutiny. They do not choose themselves where competitions are hosted, but they can play a role in ensuring that events have a positive impact.

FAs should first and foremost do no harm...In sports, this means not only doing no harm on training fields, in dressing rooms, and in board rooms, but also in decisions taken in relation to the partnerships made and the services procured.

There are plenty of examples of human rights issues beyond the control of an FA. Even if it has itself caused no harm, the organisation may nevertheless have contributed to harm or been linked to it. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) provide the roadmap to help FAs understand their responsibilities...

One starting point for FAs is to simply educate themselves on the risks and understand the efforts of the tournament organisers, in this case, FIFA and the Supreme Committee...