FIH, first International Sports Federation to join the Centre for Sport and Human Rights as Engaged Organisation

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Centre for Sport and Human Rights (CSHR) as Engaged Organisation. It is the first International Sports Federation to join CSHR under this new membership category.

Engaged Organisations have been created to facilitate participation in CSHR activities among a broader network of committed organisations looking to embed commitments to human rights standards in their business.

Formal participation in CSHR’s work has up to now been through the multi-stakeholder Advisory Council which supported the establishment of CSHR. New Engaged Organisations will be able to develop knowledge and capacity and secure access to CSHR’s networks and expertise.

FIH joins CSHR as an Engaged Organisation to uphold and promote its commitment to universal humanitarian values including diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination, across its governance, operations, activities and events. As part of its new sustainability strategy, FIH has set out specific commitments to follow the UN Strategic Framework on Human Rights. As such, FIH seeks the support of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights to identify risk areas related to human rights and work on appropriate measures to address them.

 

Mary Harvey, CEO of CSHR said: “The Centre for Sport and Human Rights exists to convene all actors in sport to address common human rights challenges and create opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and developed. This multi-stakeholder approach is core to who we are and we are extremely proud to welcome FIH, Airbnb and McDonalds to the Centre as the first members of our new Engaged Organisations category. All three play important roles in governing, supporting and growing sport. Becoming an Engaged Organisation will help many actors in sport to further their journeys in integrating respect for human rights into how sport and its events are delivered.”

 

FIH President Tayyab Ikram said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Centre for Sport and Human Rights for welcoming hockey’s world governing body as an Engaged Organisation. Being the very first International Sports Federation to enter this new membership category of CSHR is an honour. But it also comes along with an important responsibility for FIH and our global hockey community that we are fully committed to assuming. Sport unites. Sport provides hope. Sport inspires. As such, sport has the power to act as a catalyst for positive change in society. We’re looking forward to engaging with and collaborating with CSHR.”

 

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