International advocacy and standards

One of our strategic objectives is to advocate and influence for the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct in international sporting organisations.

We do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Following the Anti-Corruption Summit held in London in May 2016, actively supporting UK Government’s and multi-stakeholder efforts to tackle the risks of corruption and promote a culture of good governance in and around sport, through the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS). Three expert taskforces have been established to help advise governments and sports on best practice in:
  • Reducing the risk of corruption in procurement relating to sporting events and infrastructure
  • Ensuring integrity in the selection of major sporting events, with an initial focus on managing conflict of interest
  • Optimising the processes of compliance with good governance principles to mitigate the risk of corruption.
  • Sharing the UK’s experience with and learning from international sporting partners in order to drive reform in international sport policy and governance, including in areas such as athlete voice, safeguarding and gender equality. 
  • Working with and supporting International Federations postholders from the UK to help bring reform in their sport.

In December 2018, UK Sport, in close partnership with DCMS, as well as the IOC, Council of Europe, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), hosted the 4th Steering Committee meeting of IPACS, as well as a High Level event at which more than 100 senior representatives from 15 governments, over 20 international sports organisations, and several inter-governmental bodies and other stakeholders dedicated to sport and anti-corruption were present. The event was aimed at underlining the importance of tackling the risks of corruption in sport through a collaborative approach supported by IPACS. Click here for more information.

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Funding Partners
  • Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Official Partners
  • BAE Systems
  • BUPA
Strategic Partners
  • British Olympic Association
  • Paralympics GB
  • Sport England
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Scotland