FIFA’s released the Sustainability Strategy for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which covers critical topics such as workers’ welfare, human rights, non-discrimination and environmental protection. The strategy is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and its delivery received special recognition from the Qatar Green Building Council in March 2020.
Five FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums achieved 4- or 5-star Global Sustainability Assessment certification, fulfilling FIFA’s requirements for sustainable construction, while the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™ was delivered following sustainable event management principles, serving as a system test for the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA also strengthened its collaboration with external stakeholders on diversity and anti-discrimination measures, ensuring inclusivity and tournament-based accessible infrastructure and services, while taking crucial steps to set up an event grievance mechanism. In addition, the first Sustainability Progress Report was published and procurement integrated the Sustainable Sourcing Code.
Sustainability and human rights-related criteria also formed part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ bidding evaluation, while UNICEF and the Centre for Sport and Human Rights are among the stakeholders involved in defining criteria related to the FIFA World Cup 2026™ host cities.