In March 2017, FIFA announced the establishment of an independent Human Rights Advisory Board to help strengthen its efforts to ensure respect for human rights. The Board is composed of international experts in human, including labor, rights and anti-corruption issues from the United Nations, trade unions, civil society and business. The Board provides FIFA with advice on all issues that it considers relevant to the implementation of FIFA's human rights responsibilities under Article 3 of the FIFA Statutes.
The Board was established for an initial two-year period on the initiative of FIFA's President and members of the Board are appointed by FIFA's Secretary General. The Board's mandate was renewed for a second two years in January 2019. The Board's updated public Terms of Reference were developed with input from a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives of international organizations, trade unions, civil society and FIFA's commercial sponsors.
The eight members of the Board provide advice on an independent basis and receive no financial or other compensation for their time. At the Board's first meeting on 13-14 March 2017, the members adopted a set of Operating Principles that set out how they intend to conduct their work.
The Board is scheduled to meet in person at least twice a year. The Board produces public reports containing its recommendations to FIFA, and FIFA provides its own updates on how it is addressing previous recommendations from the Board.