Prime Minister launches new Charter for Sports Governance

As part of today’s international anti-corruption summit hosted in London the Prime Minister has unveiled a new charter for sports governance in the UK.

The Government has highlighted the generally high standards of governance in our sector in the UK, but is also calling for the industry to go further and faster to ensure that the governance is fit for the future.Much of the content of today’s charter strongly seeks to improve and modernise governance across the sector.

The charter is a precursor to the more thorough unified governance code which is expected to be published in the Autumn.

Today’s charter includes nine broad themes, covering a wide range of areas including:

·         Transparency

·         Integrity

·         Financial probity

·         Leadership and decision making

·         Membership

·         Independence of thought

·         Diversity

·         Culture

·         Sport England and UK Sport commitments

The Government’s statement on today’s announcement can be found here.

Today’s Summit also saw the announcement that an ‘International Sport Integrity Partnership’ will be formed. The focus of the Partnership is very much on collaboration, partnership and ensuring best practice across international sport.

The Partnership is expected to include representatives from the world’s largest sporting organisations, including the IOC and IPC, as well as governments and international organisations that have an interest in transparency and good governance. The make up of the Partnership will be finalised in the coming months with the first meeting expected to happen in early 2017.