FIFA believes that the hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the subsequent international spotlight on Qatar is serving as a catalyst for social change, a view also shared by Amnesty International in its latest report. Nevertheless, FIFA recognises that although the Qatari authorities have announced and started to implement various substantial labour reforms, there are still important improvements necessary in the area of workers´ welfare standards.
Therefore, FIFA continues to work closely with Qatar as the country starts to implement the concrete measures to which the Qatari authorities and the relevant stakeholders have committed themselves, working towards the ultimate goal of creating sustainable measures in relation to workers´ welfare standards in Qatar as soon as possible. In the meantime, FIFA also welcomes the inclusion of workers’ welfare standards as already introduced by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in the tendering and contracting process across all projects connected with the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be further strengthened by an independent monitoring agency in due course. It is important to note that staging a FIFA World Cup is a collective effort and involves numerous stakeholders, especially in the construction of the stadiums, such as the construction companies that share the responsibility of the workers’ welfare.
Recently, FIFA President Blatter met the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, in Zurich, where the Emir updated the President on the ongoing progress on guaranteeing the welfare of migrant workers. Further details on this visit can be found here.
In this context, FIFA would like to reiterate that it has initiated a series of meetings to facilitate discussions on the issue of labour rights and working conditions with football stakeholders as well as with other entities including human rights organisations, the International Labour Organization (ILO), political institutions and trade unions. More information on these meetings can be found here.