For world football’s governing body, social responsibility is a key issue and FIFA wishes to use the game of football to effect positive social change. As part of this responsibility, FIFA works very closely with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).
Promoting fair trade, combating child labour
As the world governing body for the sporting goods industry, the WFSGI strives to promote fair and environmentally friendly working conditions. The WFSGI’s ideals are identical to those of sport. The organisation campaigns for fairness, honesty, mutual understanding and high ethical standards in factories that produce sporting goods.
The cooperation between FIFA and the WFSGI focuses on the fight against child labour and forced labour, as well as on improving working conditions and environmental protection.
Code of conduct and recognised guidelines
FIFA requires the licensees of the FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs to comply fully with the WFSGI Code of Conduct. Licensees must demonstrate to FIFA that they have signed the WFSGI Pledge, which confirms that they comply with the WFSGI’s standards, and is renewable annually.
The WFSGI Code of Conduct does not just focus on child labour, but also lays down other internationally recognised guidelines for working hours, health and safety at work, forced labour and environmental protection. The WFSGI will only issue the relevant confirmation once it has conducted in-depth checks, and only companies that meet the international minimum requirements will be eligible to become FIFA licensees.
If a licensee no longer meets the stipulated requirements and fails to obtain the necessary confirmation from the WFGSI, FIFA can immediately withdraw the company’s licence.
Donation of licence fees
All licence fees from this project are donated to social projects as part of the Football for Hope movement. By purchasing a football with either the “FIFA QUALTIY” or “FIFA QUALITY PRO” quality mark, buyers are therefore automatically supporting FIFA’s efforts to promote social development through football, safe in the knowledge that the working conditions during the manufacturing process also meet internationally recognised standards.