The Fifa World Cup continues to be associated with numerous human rights violations. This is the reason that Solidar Suisse demands that Fifa adopts a Social Responsibility Charter. The petition for a fair World Cup has been signed by 11'000 persons and been given to the new Fifa-president de 27th of february 2016.

Program for a Socially Fair World Cup

1. Reinforce the criteria when selecting the host country

2. Define social criteria for the host country selection process

3. Adapt the host country contracts to include the social criteria

4. Institute verification processes and penalties for violations

The next Fifa president should commit himself to the idea that the World Cup must respect minimal social standards. We insist that salaries allow workers to live decently and that working conditions do not lead to fatalities. As a first step, Solidar Suisse has authored a draft of a Social Responsibility Charter.

The signatories demand that Fifa recognizes its social responsibility for the Football World Cup and, therefore, the need to define framework conditions in a sustainability clause.

In particular, the signatories demand the inclusion of the following points:

1. Reinforce the criteria when selecting the host country

  • As part of their candidacies, countries must detail the social consequences associated with the World Cup and the means which will be employed to respect the sustainability clause, in particular, human rights issues. This is specially needed for
    • people affected by infrastructure construction
    • informal workers, such as itinerant salespeople
    • construction site workers
    • migrant workers
    • other vulnerable groups
  • Civil society representatives should present their point of view concerning the country's social commitments

2. Define social criteria for the host country selection process

  • The host country selection criteria must explicitly include the respect of worker's rights as defined by the core labour standards of the ILO and the UN guiding principles on business and human rights. Social sustainability criteria must be given importance in the choice of the host country.

 3. Adapt the host country contracts to include the social criteria

  • A social dimension must be part of the contracts with the host country and cities. Fifa must issue guidelines for decent working conditions in the stadium construction sites, for the respect of human rights in the entire portfolio of WC-related projects and for the relationships with the informal workers. These must be based on the core labour standards of the ILO and the UN treaties concerning human rights.
  • The parties commit to respect both human rights and worker's rights. Verifiable, contractual measures to enforce them will be part of the overall contract.
  • Fifa and its partners must protect the informal worker's income earning possibilities in and around the stadiums and in the Fan Zones.

 4. Institute verification processes and penalties for violations

  • Regular meetings of an official working group with worker representation, contracters and the Fifa should guarantee the respect of worker's rights in the construction sites.
  • Violations must be sanctioned. Serious human rights' violations should lead to the withdrawal of the country's right to organize the World Cup.

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