IMD: Olympic Committee Needs Independent Ethics Commission

IMD: Olympic Committee Needs Independent Ethics Commission

In 2015, The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland was commissioned to draft a report on the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This report came out on Monday and outlined 33 recommendations for improving the IOC. One major area of concern was the Olympic Solidarity Commission, who are in charge of allocating over $500 million before the Tokyo Games in 2020. Unfortunately, they have a major problem since the former chairman of that panel is currently being investigated for his part in the FIF corruption scandal.

This is not the only problem the IOC needs to confront. The organization has become embroiled in a number of scandals over the past few years, including: Russian Doping, human rights violations in Beijing, athletes getting hacked, athletes launching boycotts
The IOC’s lack of independent review is particularly troubling as the current ethics committee is technically “retained within the executive board chaired by IOC president Thomas Bach”. The IMD report (which can be read in full here) suggested, among other things, that the IOC should:
“Raise awareness and increase understanding of conflicts of interest… Extend the scope and reach of ethics training… Give the IOC Ethics Commission more independence to investigate cases of ethical misconduct, thus improving its efficiency… Strengthen sanctions for non-compliance in cases of conflicts of interest … regularly review the member nomination process to continuously reinforce quality and independence of membership… [and also] revise and extend ‘Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance’.”
In essence, they need to create an ethics commission that actually functions effectively. The IMD report concluded by saying:

“The IOC occupies a visible space in the sports world and beyond, and with this comes great responsibility. While in most areas, the IOC is building on the solid governance structures and processes strengthened by Olympic Agenda 2020, introducing reinforced practices in certain areas

will enable it to build its resilience and leadership position, fulfill its mission to society in its fullest and serve as a best-in-class example in a global arena in need of positive governance examples. ”


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One Response to "IMD: Olympic Committee Needs Independent Ethics Commission"

  1. Robert Stalker   Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I have many, many friends who are good people working for this corrupt organization and I wonder why?