FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #07 / 2017
MAY 23, OSTERMUNDINGEN, SWITZERLAND
WFSGI Endorses Sporting Chance Principles
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has endorsed the Sporting Chance Principles on Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights. Produced to further the efforts of the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (“MSE Platform”), the Principles aim to underpin the common goal of ensuring that human rights are central to mega-sporting events throughout their lifecycle.
The MSE Platform is an emerging multi-stakeholder coalition of international and intergovernmental organisations, governments, sports governing bodies, athletes, unions, sponsors, broadcasters, and civil society groups. Through dialogue and joint action its mission is to ensure all actors involved in staging an event fully embrace and operationalise their respective human rights duties and responsibilities throughout the MSE lifecycle.
WFSGI is endorsing the Principles to further its efforts to develop and promote an understanding within the World Federation about the relevance of global social and environmental challenges for each individual member company. All stakeholders, including non-MSE Platform members such as WFSGI, are invited to reference the Principles, and expressions of support or endorsement are welcome.
Commenting on the announcement, Robbert de Kock, WFSGI President & CEO said:
“The WFSGI supports the work of the IHRB and the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights to address the human rights challenges of running sports events and we are pleased to endorse their ‘Sporting Chance Principles’, which were established in 2016 to promote and embed human rights considerations into the planning, delivery and legacy of sporting events. ”
John Morrison, Chief Executive of IHRB, added:
“We are very pleased to have WFSGI’s endorsement of the Sporting Chance Principles. These Principles inform our common goal of ensuring that all actors fully embrace respect for human rights at every stage in the lifecycle of mega-sporting events. “
For more information on The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and human rights and sustainability at international sporting events, read the WFSGI Corporate Responsibility Postion Paper 'Staying on Track'
The purpose of this paper is to provide WFSGI members and others with an overview of key considerations for international sporting events, as well as some useful frameworks and initiatives. It also outlines our view of the challenges and benefits of taking a responsible approach to this issue, and to explain how we can support our members.