About the MSE Platform

The Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights (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 our 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. Chaired by Mary Robinson, the MSE Platform is facilitated by IHRB.

MSE Platform members are working together to develop more comprehensive, consistent, and accountable approaches to managing social risks and adverse human rights impacts arising from MSEs, and overcome the barriers to better knowledge transfer and good practice within and between sport traditions and events. This collective action seeks to raise awareness, innovate, advocate, educate, drive positive change, and give a voice to those most affected.

The MSE Platform is driven by the efforts of a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee of more than 20 organisations, supported by a high-level Advisory Group.  


Steering Committee - chaired by Mary Robinson

  • Switzerland
  • United States of America
  • Brazil (observer)
Inter-Governmental Organisations
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Sports Governing Bodies
  • Commonwealth Games Federation
  • FIFA
  • International Olympic Committee
  • UEFA
Local Organising Committees / Oversight Bodies
  • Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (Former Chair)
Sponsors / Broadcasters / Business Groups
  • Adidas Group
  • BT plc
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
Trade Unions
  • Building and Wood Workers International (BWI)
  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • World Players Association
Civil Society / Non-Governmental Organisations / National Human Rights Institutions
  • New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Three NGOs from the Sport and Rights Alliance, rotating on a six-monthly basis (*currently active):
    • Human Rights Watch*
    • Terre des Hommes*
    • Transparency International Germany*
    • Amnesty International
    • Football Supporters Europe


Advisory Group:

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)