HUMAN RIGHTS – a handbook for sport

In the summer of 2016, representatives from the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF), the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOC), the Swedish Paralympic Committee, the Swedish Football Association, the Swedish Handball Federation, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), the Swedish Building Workers Union, the Hotel and Restaurant Workers’ Union, and the Swedish Industrial and Metalworkers’ Union (IF Metall) signed a joint agreement on fair play and decent conditions at sports events. Special focus was given to the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights and it was agreed that human rights should be respected at international sports events and that questions concerning human rights should be raised in international sports associations. In addition to this, it was agreed that sports events in Sweden should serve as inspiration for diversity, gender equality and lifelong sport activity as well as being socially, environmentally and economically responsible. It was also agreed that goods and services purchased in connection with sport should originate from companies and organizations that follow Swedish collective agreements if the work in question is carried out in Sweden. The purpose of this handbook is to spread knowledge on how Swedish sport can help promote human rights, both at the national level and in a global perspective, while at the same time stimulating efforts to promote Good Governance in international sports. In the Swedish Sports Confederation’s international guidelines, Good Governance is defined as working with democratic values, transparency and efforts to combat corruption.

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