FIFA is fully aware of the situation with regards to labour standards in Qatar and of the opportunity that FIFA, together with other stakeholders, has to improve working conditions in the country. We are convinced that the unique attraction and visibility of the FIFA World Cup™ globally is a strong catalyst for significant change.
Since 2011, FIFA’s top management and experts in the field have met with the highest authorities in Qatar and other key stakeholders, including Amnesty International and the ITUC, to discuss the best way forward to achieve consistent and sustained implementation of fair working conditions on FIFA World Cup construction sites as quickly as possible.
FIFA found the introduction of the Supreme Committee’s Worker’s Welfare Standards, which meet international norms for working conditions, accommodation and wages, to be an encouraging step. These standards are contractually binding for all companies working on 2022 FIFA World Cup projects. FIFA will continue working closely with the Supreme Committee to ensure that contractors comply with standards throughout the entire construction cycle at each FIFA World Cup site.
Furthermore, FIFA will continue to urge the competent governmental authorities in Qatar to ensure that such standards are extended and applied not only to FIFA World Cup-related infrastructure but also throughout the country.
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy is the organisation responsible for delivering stadiums and precincts, non-competition venues and other infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In March 2013, the Supreme Committee released its Workers’ Charter which sets out the principles and values that underpin the Supreme Committee’s approach to workers’ welfare – namely, that all individuals contributing to the delivery of 2022 FIFA World Cup projects have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
This was followed by comprehensive Workers’ Welfare Standards released in February 2014. The Workers’ Welfare Standards are a set of mandatory, contractually binding rules that ensure that contractors and sub-contractors working on Supreme Committee projects are operating in line with the principles and values outlined in the Workers’ Charter. These principles, values and standards, which are in line with Qatari law and benchmarked against comparable international standards, set clear guidelines that protect the rights of workers throughout the entire chain of contracting.
The first Workers’ Welfare Compliance Report was published by the Supreme Committee in December 2014 and reviewed by Amnesty International. For additional information, visit the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy website where the Workers’ Welfare Standards and the Compliance Report can be downloaded.
In addition, FIFA is in the process of putting in place a human rights due diligence procedure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Currently five stadiums are under various stages of construction in preparation to host matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. According to information provided by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy on 4 November 2015, there are approximately 3,694 workers engaged in stadium construction with over 10.4 million hours worked. According to progress reports that have been submitted to FIFA, no fatalities have been reported on any 2022 FIFA World Cup site.