Learning Lab Submission to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights’ Call for Evidence for the report into pressing human rights problems affecting large scale sporting events around the world

In June 2018 the the Learning Lab submitted written evidence to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights’ Call for Evidence for the report into pressing human rights problems affecting large scale sporting events around the world. The submission was written by Andy Davies, Claire Methven O’Brien, Daniel Morris, and Olga Martin-Ortega on behalf of the Learning Lab.

The submission contained the following summary:

  • The state duty to protect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights extends to public procurement;
  • States and Local Organising Committees (LOCs) procure large volumes of goods and services in the design and delivery of a Mega Sporting Event (MSE) and can leverage this position to realise international human rights law obligations; achieve policy coherence; lead by example, as regards the transition to sustainable consumption envisaged by the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and display their human rights values and commitments to a large audience;
  • Measures that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) might consider include:
    1. Undertaking a survey of good procurement and human rights practices from recent MSEs;
    2. Recommending that selection criteria to host an MSE contain a policy commitment to include human rights protections within associated procurement exercises;
    3. Recommending that procurement exercises related to MSEs incorporate human rights protections and providing guidance to realise this;
    4. Recommending MSE-specific grievance mechanisms should have broad mandates to receive complaints about human rights abuses and violations in the procurement of goods and services related to the MSE fully accessible to those within the host State and in other States;
    5. Recommending that host States consider establishing procurement working groups to sit within the LOC to support the realisation of human rights protections detailed in the host state’s bid.

The submission can be downloaded here.