When the ICSS was established in early 2010, it was driven by a vision of what sport could be – a unifying, positive and inspiring force for good, free from corruption and played in stadiums and arenas that are safe for all.
The aim was for an organisation to serve as an international hub, bringing together expertise and knowledge, to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, to benefit and safeguard sport.
Protecting the integrity of sport is not exclusive to one body, one country or one entity.
We believe that the protection of sport is a shared responsibility – one that we can all contribute to and play an active role in. Through our research and expertise-based approach and with strong international cooperation, the ICSS has contributed to significant policy advancements, programmes, resources and projects that are making a real difference to the safeguarding of sport on a global scale.
Sport is an unparalleled economic, social, and cultural force. Yet, sport is under threat and overshadowed by corruption and security threats. The need for an independent and non-profit centre focused on safeguarding sport is more crucial now than ever.
Through its expert consulting work in the fields of sport security and integrity, the ICSS has been able to take a pioneering step to further sport safety and good governance of sport and has invested in initiatives, partnerships and research to be at the forefront of efforts to safeguard sport. The ICSS proudly works with governments, international organisations, sporting bodies and universities.
The Sport Integrity Hotline is backed by a world-class, independent, third party ethics and case management provider that operates a global 24/7/365 reporting hotline and case management system in over 220 languages. The Sport Integrity Hotline confidentially receives and manages allegations of misconduct, abuse and any integrity violations in sport.
The threat is real!
The threat against any sporting event is real for governments, host cities, organising committees, stadia, events, teams and spectators.
The challenge of securing a sports event has never been greater and demands of hosting a safe, secure and successful sport event are growing in scale and complexity.
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Working with UNODC Member States and in conjunction with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), this partnership with one of the world’s leading experts in sport integrity will provide investigators and prosecutors at the front-line with the right tools and resources to combat match-fixing, as well as organised crime’s growing involvement in sport. Today is an important step forward in the fight to safeguard sport and I would encourage governments, law enforcement agencies, international sports organisations, as well as the public and private sector, to implement the measures that will be developed as part of this partnership with the ICSS.
Sport has the unique ability to inspire young and old. Sport is also a powerful platform to build bridges between individuals and communities to promote peace, good values and health, particularly among youth who are exposed to the impact of corruption and organised crime. We look forward to our collaboration.
The concept of thinking in a systematic way about sports, its relationship to socioeconomic development and the platform of security on which it is based is a special contribution that the ICSS has brought to the world.
We all want clean, safe and secure environments, and a clean, safe and secure game and it’s become such a big part of everyone’s life worldwide that the work of ICSS couldn’t be more important.
We need the ICSS and the UNODC to continue to work with governments across the world to ensure best practice in delivering national legislation, which is consistent.
Sports has been a worldwide entertainment, recreation, economic stimulus, youth development, all these things that are so critical to the wellbeing of any city, any country and certainly the wellbeing of the world and ICSS has committed to that idea, that concept, that through sports that we can accomplish so much.