- Societal role
- Economic dimension
- International cooperation and external relations
Good governance is increasingly becoming a core topic for sport organisations at all levels. A number of recent events in the world of sport have demonstrated that a proper implementation of good governance standards and principles is needed to ensure that sport and sport governing bodies are not vulnerable and can cope with certain risks that they might face.
Sport organisations have a lot to gain from implementing good governance principles. Besides the fact that public authorities and sponsors are increasingly considering good governance as a pre-condition for providing financial support, it is clear that investing in good governance leads to a more efficiently governed organisation with the right ethical behaviour, which is more efficient in spending resources and more effective in reaching its objectives.
Good governance can also ensure sustainability for the organisation and its activities, through a more robust structure, resistant to the various risks facing sport and with a clear long-term strategy. And good governance will ultimately lead to more sporting success in terms of participation, revenues and sporting results. Investing in good governance is investing in future sporting success.
Good governance is fundamental. It is an ongoing and continuous process, requiring a long-term vision and commitment. In this regard, it is a core responsibility of sport organisations towards its athletes, members and stakeholders.
The EU and European sport organisations are fully engaged to promote good governance in sport. At EU level, the promotion of good governance principles has been a priority in the last years. In 2013, the EU Expert Group on Good Governance established a broad list of Principles of good governance in sport. The principles were addressed to governments and to the sport movement at 3 different levels: grassroots sport organisations, national sports governing bodies, and European/international federations.
There are a number of initiatives on good governance which exist. It is important now that good governance is implemented.
"To preserve the reputation of sport, whilst maintaining its autonomy, sport governing bodies must ensure good governance is firmly embedded within the culture of the organisation.
The governance of the structures and operations of sport must be aligned to deal with the current and future threats and challenges, as well as able to exploit the possibilities arising from the continued growth of the sport sector.
We voluntarily commit to implement the basic principles of Good Governance in Sport - Integrity, Accountability, Transparency, Democracy, Participation and Inclusivity - into our sport organisation.
We recognise that improving governance is an on-going and necessary process to undertake in order to be better protected from risks such as corruption and able to maintain, protect and promote the integrity of sport."
The following federations and organisations pledge to promote and, where appropriate, to implement and follow-up the principles of good governance in sport in accordance with the above declaration: