IOC and OECD in partnership to fight corruption and improve governance
The International Olympic Committee has agreed a memorandum of understanding with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development aimed at combating corruption and promoting integrity and good governance in sport.
The MoU was signed at a ceremony in Lausanne yesterday by IOC president Thomas Bach (pictured, right) and OECD secretary general Angel Gurria (left).
The OECD, which Is based in Paris, has 36 member countries and works to promote polices to improve lives at national, regional and local levels.
The IOC said the collaboration will focus on:
- combating corruption and promoting integrity in sport, including through the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS);
- promoting responsible governance for sports organisations and sports events;
- fostering major sports events that aim to promote sustainable growth and development; and
- developing tools to evaluate the contribution of global events to local development and citizens’ well-being, based on rigorous and evidence-based analysis.
“Whilst the IOC’s vision is to build a better world through sport, the OECD works to build better policies for better lives. Therefore our organisations have many synergies − it is a natural match,” said Bach. “The IOC is looking forward to making the best use of the OECD’s remarkable expertise in anti-corruption and in addressing social, economic and environmental challenges. We will also spread its evidence-based solutions within the Olympic Movement.”
Gurria added: “I am pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC. It is the next important step in our cooperation after the OECD and the IOC have been both founding partners of IPACS. This MoU illustrates our common objective to combat corruption, to promote integrity in sport, to ensure responsible business conduct, and to foster sustainable and inclusive growth which helps improve the integrity and credibility of sports organisations.”
The cooperation with the OECD is being seen by the IOC as a boost in its drive for better governance and a more concerted strategy in the fight against corruption as it proceeds with its Olympic Agenda 2020 programme.
Through its relationship with the IOC, the OECD will provide guidance to the organisers of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on how to mitigate the risks of corruption linked to procurement and these will also be taken on board by the organisers of other future games and major sports events.
These efforts will complement the work of the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) of which both organisations form part.
The IOC and the OECD will also work together to so their activities align with the United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals, with the IOC committed to ensuring that sustainability is included in all aspects of planning and staging the Olympics, and that host cities can leverage the games as a catalyst for their sustainable development.
In addition, the IOC will promote the OECD’s Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development within the Olympic Movement. This provides guidance on how events can be designed and executed to generate long-term benefits, including positively impacting communities and contributing to economic growth and development, and will be applied in the organisation of Paris 2024.