The International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS), launched at the IOC’s International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) in February 2017, is a multi-stakeholder platform with the mission to bring together international sports organisations, governments and inter-governmental organisations to strengthen and support efforts to eliminate the risks of corruption and promote a culture of good governance in sport. The IPACS founding partners are the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United Kingdom Government, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Interest in the Partnership has grown significantly since its formation, and its aims and programmes of work have been discussed at numerous international events. The inclusion of corruption in sport and a commitment to support IPACS as part of the 2019-2021 G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan is one of the examples of the initiative’s international recognition.
The following taskforces have been established focusing IPACS’ efforts on developing actionable solutions for addressing four specific areas of corruption in sport:
- Task Force 1: reducing the risk of corruption in procurement relating to sporting events and infrastructure;
- Task Force 2: ensuring integrity in the selection of major sporting events, with an initial focus on managing conflicts of interest;
- Task Force 3: optimising the processes of compliance with good governance principles to mitigate the risk of corruption; and
- Task Force 4: enhancing effective cooperation between law enforcement, criminal justice authorities and sport organisations.
Regarding the matter of procurement, the IOC, with the support of OECD, has published the guidelines on “Procurement of major international sport-events-related infrastructure and services - Good practices and guidelines for the Olympic movement”
You can find out more about IPACS on the official website: https://www.ipacs.sport/