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.
IOC Strategic Framework on Human Rights
The IOC Strategic Framework on Human Rights explains the long-term objectives and specific actions the IOC commits to take to further respect for human rights in its remit.
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 , this Strategic Framework covers and provides plans for each of the IOC’s three spheres of activity: IOC as an organisation, IOC as owner of the Olympic Games, and IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement.
Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination
FAQ on the positioning of the Olympic Games
Olympic Agenda 2020+5
Introduction to the key principles of the IOC Human Rights Strategic Framework - may 2022
Recommendations for an IOC human rights strategy - mar 2020
Future Host questionnaire - Olympic Games - jan 2021
IOC approves Strategic Framework on Human Rights
IOC takes next steps in establishment of Human Rights Strategic Framework
IOC conducts third-party due diligence on its suppliers for Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022
IOC moves forward with its human rights approach
IOC continues working on human rights and takes first steps on a strategy
IOC is committed to inclusion across the Olympic Movement
UN Human Rights Council acknowledges contribution of sport to human rights promotion