Respecting Human Rights

At all times, the IOC recognises and upholds human rights, as enshrined in both the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics.

The IOC is committed to improving the promotion and respect of human rights within the scope of its responsibility across its three spheres of activity – as an organisation, as the owner of the Olympic Games and as the leader of the Olympic Movement.

The objective is to ensure that people’s rights are put at the core of our operations and are respected in line with international agreements and standards – within the IOC’s remit.

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and other globally recognised standards, such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and ILO conventions, help the IOC inform its approach on human rights within specific areas, such as responsible sourcing, our approach to safe sport for athletes or the Games.

Human rights in the three spheres of responsibility

The IOC is taking action at three main levels to improve the promotion of and respect for human rights, and to deliver on its human rights responsibilities.


Strengthening our human rights approach across our organisation in a comprehensive way

Upholding human rights across the lifecycle of the Olympic Games

Promoting respect for human rights principles throughout the Olympic Movement at large

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Reference documents

  • 139th IOC Session IOC News

    IOC takes next steps in establishment of Human Rights Strategic Framework

  • Olympic flag Beijing 2022

    IOC conducts third-party due diligence on its suppliers for Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

  • Executive Board IOC IOC News

    IOC continues working on human rights and takes first steps on a strategy

  • Olympic Flag IOC News

    IOC moves forward with its human rights approach

  • Olympic Flag IOC News

    IOC is committed to inclusion across the Olympic Movement

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