Who is doing what - Qatar 2022

Selected material from our platform on Qatar World Cup 2022 - human rights concerns

International organizations


"UN urges Qatar to improve migrant worker conditions", Agence France Presse, 10 Nov 2013
- UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, makes recomendations following eight-day visit to the country


Qatar failing on forced labour, says UN agency - International Labour Organisation says Qatar does not properly inspect migrant workers' conditions despite signing convention”, Guardian, 27 Sep 2013

Trade unions

Building and Wood Workers International:

"BWI mission decries Qatar’s lack of urgency to stop abuses," 10 Oct 2013


Qatar World Cup Workers’ Standards: no legal enforcement, no worker rights, ITUC, 11 Feb 2014

"World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Talks between FIFA, German Football Federation and Trade Unions add to pressure for Qatar labour standards reform", ITUC, 20 Nov 2013

Campaign website: "Re-run the vote: No World Cup Without Workers' Rights"

"FIFA to discuss moving Qatar 2022 World Cup to winter months but remain silent on workers’ rights", ITUC, 24 Sep 2013

"Trade unions offer FIFA joint inspections in Qatar to address abuses of workers," ITUC, 2 Oct 2013

Seee also 26 May letter from Sharan Burrow of ITUC calling for inspections at six companies in "Companies involved", above.


Information about companies that are involved in construction for Qatar 2022 - note this is not comprehensive: we will update it as information becomes available.  Companies involved range from small and medium-sized labour recruitment agencies, to major construction and architecture firms.

- Quantex Qatar (UK) and Global Building Solutions (USA) plan "humane" housing project for World Cup migrant labourers, Guardian, 21 Nov - and update: "'Humane' homes for migrant workers delayed by planning system in Qatar", Guardian, 27 Jan 2014

- CH2MHill is the US company appointed to deliver construction for the 2022 World Cup.  On 1 October 2013 ESPN's Jeff MacGregor published an interview with John Corsi, CH2M Hill's vice president, media and public relations.  Their email correspondence is here.

- For its 2012 report "Building A Better World Cup", Human Rights Watch wrote to three of the companies involved in construction projects and received responses from them.  CH2MHill, Aspire Logistics which manages the Aspire Zone, and Bechtel, project manager for the New Doha Airport.  The letters and responses are here. The report also sets out recommendations, to the Qatar Government, to FIFA, and to “Construction, Labor-Supply, and Other Companies Working in Qatar.”

- "Qatar's migrant construction workers: what can be done?", Will Hurst, Building (UK), 11 Oct 2013
- With statements by the following UK construction firms that  are operating in Qatar: Arup, G&T, Buro Happold, Grimshaw, Aecom, Mace, WSP, Balfour Beatty

- In its 10 Oct statement about its mission to Qatar, the Building & Woodworkers International union said it found "disturbing evidence of wrong practices,"..."cited the concept of 'general responsibility' in a construction contracting chain and reiterated the equal responsibility of the client and the government."  It also said that "The Mission saw good working conditions in the Sidra hospital project of the Spanish firm OHL and at the Norwegian project Qatalum with both firms having concrete policies and practices on workers protection.  The BWI was reportedly denied access when it conducted a surprise visit to a construction site operated by a joint venture of Vinci (France) and Diyar (Qatar). 

- "UK Firms in Qatar Threatened with Civil Actions", Construction Magazine, 4 Oct 2013: "Law firm Leigh Day, a specialist in multi-claimant class actions, is currently in Qatar investigating construction projects for evidence of abuse of labour laws...UK firms are well represented in the rapidly developing Gulf state, and include Carillion, Mace, EC Harris, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Laing O’Rourke, Turner & Townsend and Hill International."

26 May 2013 letter from Sharran Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC to Mr Nasser Abdullah Saleh Al -Hemedi, Qatar Minister of Social Affairs, calling for labour inspections at six companies in Qatar where ITUC representatives had found harsh working / living conditions. (Companies names not provided publicly, but details of conditions at each one are provided).

Human rights groups

Amnesty International:

Qatar: New standards for migrant workers just a starting point, Amnesty Intl., 11 Feb 2014

"The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar's Construction Sector Ahead of the World Cup", Amnesty Intl., Nov 20123

Extract from this report: "In several cases documented by Amnesty International, migrant workers who experienced abuses were working on construction projects managed or owned by major companies - sometimes foreign-owned and sometimes Qatari. Often these workers were employed by small subcontractors. Although construction projects almost always involve several subcontractors, the lead companies in many cases appear to lack effective due diligence policies and procedures to prevent labour exploitation, despite the fact that such abuses have been publicly documented by civil society and media organizations, and therefore are a foreseeable risk. While some companies will insist on strict health and safety standards on site for subcontractors' employees, they may have little idea of what happens to the men when they return to their accommodation in the evening, including whether they have been paid that month. Companies - both Qatari and international - need to play a much more active role in preventing the kinds of abuses documented by Amnesty International."

Human Rights Watch:

Report: “Building a Better World Cup - Protecting Migrant Workers in Qatar Ahead of FIFA 2022”, June 2012

Dispatches: Labor Abuses Haunt Qatar…and its Neighbors,” Adam Coogle, Middle East Researcher, 3 Oct 2013

Modern-day slavery in Qatar: there’s bad and good news,” Nicholas McGeehan, Gulf Researcher, 27 Sep 2013

Humanity United:

Supporting the initiative “Modern Day Slavery in Focus

FIFA and football clubs

Deutsche Fußball-Bund (German Football Association): "Fair working conditions with a lasting effect must be introduced quickly in Qatar", 20 Nov 2013

"...It has also emerged that football's governing body Fifa has asked human rights groups to submit practical proposals to improve working conditions. Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International and the International Trade Union Confederation will provide advice." - from "'Humane' homes for migrant workers delayed by planning system in Qatar", Guardian, 27 Jan 2014

"World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Talks between FIFA, German Football Federation and Trade Unions add to pressure for Qatar labour standards reform", ITUC, 20 Nov 2013

FIFA boss defensive over Qatar slavery claims,” AFP, 4 Oct 2013.  "Fifa cannot interfere with the labour rights of any country, but we cannot ignore them", Blatter said on his Twitter account @SeppBlatter after Fifa wrapped up a crunch two-day meeting behind closed doors at its Zurich base.

World Cup 2022: football cannot ignore Qatar worker deaths, says Sepp Blatter,” Guardian, 4 Oct 2013. ‘The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter...said he would meet the new emir of Qatar to discuss the issue. But the Fifa president's claim that it had no direct influence over the situation and that there was plenty of time to resolve the issue angered those campaigning for change on the ground.’