Mega-Sporting Events

White Paper 2.2 Procurement and Human Rights in the Sports Context

31 January 2017

This White Paper seeks to identify better ways to integrate human rights due diligence into procurement practices for mega-sporting events by examining the human rights roles and responsibilities of host governments, organising committees and delivery partners, with respect to risk mitigation and remedy. The paper considers:

  • The likely range of procurement activities across the MSE life-cycle.
  • Emerging good practice.
  • Existing tools / models for improving human rights good practice.
  • The need for leadership by sports governing bodies to ensure leverage with suppliers over the long term.
  • The scope for, and potential merits of, approved supplier lists.
  • The linkage with and implications of human rights due diligence requirements 
being built into sports governing bodies tendering documents.


This White Paper is one of 11 papers published in January 2017 as part of the Sporting Chance White Paper series. The series aims to present the latest thinking, practice, and debate in relation to key human rights issues involved in the planning, construction, delivery, and legacy of mega-sporting events (MSEs). Each paper also considers the case for, and potential role of, an independent centre of expertise on MSEs and human rights. Each White Paper has been published as “Version 1” and the MSE Platform would welcome comments, input, and expressions of support with regard to future iterations or research on this and other topics.

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