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30 May 2022

Centre for Sport & Human Rights

Recommendations to FAs: Collective action and responsible participation in mega sporting events

1. Responsibility

... National Football Associations should recognise their own responsibility to do no harm and to prevent, address and make right any negative human rights impacts they may have caused, contributed to through their activities  or be linked to via their commercial relationships, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

2. Awareness

Like all stakeholders, Football Associations should educate themselves on the human rights risks connected to an event and understand the applicable international standards and the efforts of the tournament organisers and other key actors to apply them.

3. Engagement

Proactive engagement is critical and requires dialogue and collaboration on an ongoing basis with all stakeholders – including adversely affected people or their representatives - to understand where human rights risks lie, and what can be done together to mitigate them.

4. Risk Assessment 

Integrating human rights risk assessment processes requires systems to be in place, informed by appropriate human rights expertise and stakeholder input, to properly assess risks in operations and business relationships.

5. Transparency

Leadership and innovation should be encouraged, requiring that Football Associations regularly communicate openly not only about achievements and progress but also about the challenges faced in responding to adverse impacts and how they are seeking to address such issues, learn from their mistakes and improve.