— Published 21 September 2022

NGOs call on partners

With less than 100 days to go before the start of the 2022 World Cup (20 November to 18 December), pressure is mounting on FIFA. On Tuesday 20 September, several human rights organisations called on the tournament’s official sponsors to support their campaign for the international body to compensate workers employed on stadium construction sites. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FairSquare said in a joint statement that ten of FIFA’s 14 partners have failed to make public pledges of support or respond to requests to discuss “tournament-related abuses“. The three NGOs named the partners as being too passive or silent: Visa, Hyundai-Kia, Qatar Energy, Qatar Airways, Vivo, Hisense, Mengniu, Wanda Group, Crypto and Byju’s. In the other camp, Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and AB InBev, also partners in the global tournament, have pledged to support financial compensation. Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch, said: “Sponsors should use their considerable influence to pressure FIFA and Qatar to live up to their human rights responsibilities to these workers.”