World Players Association releases players' rights policy based on UN Guiding Principles

"OpenClipart-Vectors" by Pixabay licensed by CCO public domain.On July 13th 2017, the World Players Association, a union bringing together 85,000 players across professional sports including football, cricket, rugby, hockey, basketball and baseball through more than 100 player associations in over 60 countries, released a World Players Rights policy which is built on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The World Players' Rights Policy can be found here.

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14 July 2017

World Players Association calls upon global sport to adopt binding policy on human rights of players

Author: UNI Global Union

The World Players Association released a new policy today which seeks to ensure that the fundamental rights of players are protected, respected and guaranteed. The World Player Rights Policy articulates the urgent need for international sporting organisations (ISOs) and other relevant sport stakeholders to adopt a player rights policy and spells out the necessary commitments and obligations which any such policy must contain... The player rights commitments laid out in the World Player Rights Policy are built around sport’s implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)... The failure to respect the fundamental labour rights of players is among a number of risks the new policy identifies as salient which also include the denial to freely access and enjoy sport with equal opportunity. [also refers to FIFA]

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13 July 2017

World Players' Rights Policy commits to protecting player rights in accordance with UN Guiding Principles

Author: World Players Association

Sport must recognise its obligation to uphold the inherent dignity and equal rights of everyone involved in or affected by its activities, including the players. The starting point is for those that control sport to adopt a player rights policy that, at a minimum, makes the commitments and meets the obligations set out herein and to embed that policy throughout their organisations to ensure that the human rights of the players are protected, respected and guaranteed.

United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

1. Sport must commit to protecting, respecting and guaranteeing player rights in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)...

Proactive player rights commitments

3. Sport must act proactively to meet its player rights commitments. This requires sport to:

...Undertake in depth and ongoing due diligence processes to avoid causing or contributing to adverse player rights impacts...

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