IOC steps up good governance, anti-corruption efforts with OECD MoU

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today (Thursday) struck a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which is designed to strengthen the fight against corruption in sport and build good governance.

Headquartered in Paris, the OECD works with governments, policy makers and citizens to establish international norms and evidence-based solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges.

The IOC said its partnership with the OECD will specifically focus on combating corruption and promoting integrity in sport, including through the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), of which both parties are founding partners.

The MoU will also seek to promote responsible governance for sports organisations and sports events; foster major sports events that aim to promote sustainable growth and development; and develop tools to evaluate the contribution of global events to local development and citizens’ well-being, based on evidence-based analysis.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: “Whilst the IOC’s vision is to build a better world through sport, the OECD works to build better policies for better lives. Therefore our organisations have many synergies − it is a natural match.

“The IOC is looking forward to making the best use of the OECD’s remarkable expertise in anti-corruption and in addressing social, economic and environmental challenges. We will also spread its evidence-based solutions within the Olympic Movement.”

The IOC admits that while its Agenda 2020 reform package has helped to “turn the page” in its approach to good governance and the fight against corruption, the OECD’s input will facilitate how it deals with issues and cases from before these reforms.

The OECD will also support the IOC in protecting the integrity of sport by providing guidance to the organisers of the 2024 summer Olympic Games in Paris on how to mitigate the risks of corruption linked to procurement. The IOC said such guidelines will also be useful for the organisers of other future Games or major sports events.

The IOC and the OECD will work together to maximise the impact of their activities aimed at contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the agreement, the IOC will promote the OECD’s Recommendation on Global Events and Local Development within the Olympic Movement.

The Recommendation provides guidance on how events can be deliberately designed and executed to generate long-term benefits, in particular positively impacting communities and contributing to economic growth and development.

In this context, the IOC and the OECD will work with Paris 2024 to develop tools to evaluate the contribution of their Games to local development and citizens’ wellbeing, based on evidence-based analysis.

“This MoU illustrates our common objective to combat corruption, to promote integrity in sport, to ensure responsible business conduct, and to foster sustainable and inclusive growth which helps improve the integrity and credibility of sports organisations,” OECD secretary general Angel Gurría said.