Practical Ethics Guide in the sport sector and the Olympic movement

Practical Ethics Guide in the sport sector and the Olympic movement

Understanding the Ethics Charter and the benefits of using it to stimulate good governance and synergies between Olympic Committees, sports organizations, representatives, sponsors and fans, 2 years from Paris 2024

The good governance principle for an equal treatment of institutions and individuals should be practiced by all organizations in the sport sector, as well as by the Olympic Committees. Reactivating the systems after the Covid-19 crisis, requires a new contract in which all the agents promote a different governance model from the one we had been holding before the pandemic. Determining a common, broad, and flexible horizon for the future requires actions and objectives based on mutual trust, which will only grow thanks to ethical decisions sustained over time.

The rigorousness in decision-making by high government levels drives organizations to achieve rigor in management processes and strategies, designed with the aim of reducing negative consequences in economic, social, and environmental matters. In this way, there’s a trend towards total transparency in business development, seeking the ethics of the actions taken, identifying the expectations of suppliers, customers, business partners, workers, governments, and society.

Next, the indispensable premises for the ethical charters elaboration in sport organizations are presented.

  1. Fundamental ethical principles specification: legal provision, regulations, and codes of conduct
  2. Definition of ethical commitments application groups
  3. Creation of Ethics, Environment and Sustainable Development Committee
  4. Internal and external organization communication with a gender and ethical perspective
  5. Team buildings periodization on the organizational ethics plan
  6. Procedure for detecting and monitoring unethical conduct and complainants’ protection


Next, the benefits obtained from the implementation of ethical charters in sport sector are presented.

  • Talent retention
  • Attraction and connection with professionals aligned with the organization ethical values
  • Detection and monitoring of unethical conducts among the related agents
  • Ethical conduct guide provision: codes, rules, and regulations
  • Achievement of actions related to the sustainable development goals (SDG) in accordance with the 2030 agenda
  • Obligation of transparency in transactions
  • Organization positioning and exemplarity regarding the competition
  • Reactivation and economic growth of the organization


10 key principles of ethic charts are presented in the following figure:


The ways of exercising new ethical practices must be born from listening and from an integral approach that promotes a culture that motivates its collaborators to act ethically through its values. The practical ethics guide presents the specific application modalities, both in the workers tasks and in the interlocutors group relations.


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