In line with FIFA’s ongoing commitment to promoting compliance and good governance in football, the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit concluded on Friday following the opening session and a series of online follow-up working sessions, that took place with the participation of over 150 member associations, from each of the six confederations, from 12 to 16 October.
Bringing together governance and compliance experts and practitioners, the 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit saw keynote speeches on best practice and emerging trends in compliance and good governance from former US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Director of the Ethics Office of the United Nations Elia Yi Armstrong, FIFA President Gianni Infantino, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Chairman of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee Tomaz Vesel.
The Summit saw over 380 individual participants take part in practical working sessions on the first-ever FIFA Compliance Handbook, which aims to provide member associations and the confederations with practical guidance and scalable building blocks that can be used to develop a tailored compliance programme within their organisation.
Speaking during the opening session at the start of the week, FIFA President Gianni Infantino underlined FIFA’s continued commitment to compliance and good governance while highlighting the significant progress that FIFA has made in the area since 2016.
During her speech at the opening session of the summit, former U.S. Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, highlighted FIFA’s renewed commitment to transparency, ethical behaviour and its desire to improve the compliance environment throughout the football community, with the important objective of safeguarding the sport.
She also emphasized FIFA’s commitment to developing a strong culture of compliance in order to minimise internal and external risks.
Speaking about the event, FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, said:
“The 3rd FIFA Compliance Summit provided an important opportunity to engage with our member associations and the confederations to highlight the necessity of integrating compliance into decision-making processes.
“The sustainable and sound development of football requires robust compliance mechanisms and this week FIFA unveiled a Compliance Handbook to its 211 member associations, to provide guidance on acting ethically and with integrity. We look forward to working with them to fulfil our shared objective of safeguarding football.”
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