02 May 2017
FIFA welcomes the Final Statement published today by the Swiss National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Swiss NCP) in the context of the specific instance that was submitted by the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI). FIFA considers the discussions to have been very constructive and fruitful with the objective of further promoting and strengthening the on-going efforts for the improvement of the migrant workers’ welfare engaged in construction infrastructure connected with the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
FIFA looks forward to the continued engagement with BWI along the lines outlined in the Final Statement and in the form of specific projects. More information on the mediation process and the Final Statement is available here.
BWI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy that is responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Furthermore, ongoing collaborations include BWI’s support of FIFA’s Decent Work Monitoring System (see also here) on stadium construction sites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In the last few years, FIFA has taken a series of initiatives and undertaken efforts to systematise and strengthen its work on human rights. For instance, in 2016 FIFA integrated an unequivocal commitment to respect and promote the protection of human rights in its Statutes and enshrined the implementation of this commitment as an important pillar in its new organisational strategy “FIFA 2.0: The Vision For the Future”. FIFA’s work on human rights is accompanied by an independent Human Rights Advisory Board that started its work in March 2017 with a representative of BWI among the members.