“Russia-2018” Local Organizing Committee and FIFA hold conference on decent conditions and occupational safety in construction of 2018 World Cup stadiums

Representatives of the host cities of the world championship, stadium managers and Heads of construction workers’ unions attended the forum

31 March 2016
“Russia-2018” Local Organizing Committee

Conference on decent living conditions and occupational safety in the construction of the stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia organized by the FIFA and the “Russia-2018” Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was held in Moscow.

Representatives of the host cities of the world championship, stadium managers and Heads of construction workers’ unions, as well as experts in the field of occupational safety and health attended the forum.

The main aim of the conference, held with the participation of the International Labor Organization (ILO), was to provide information on the system organized by FIFA and the LOC of third-party monitoring of labor conditions and health and safety for construction workers building the World Cup stadiums, as well as to ensure construction companies and contractors are aware of all relevant legislation. The monitoring system is set to be launched in April 2016.

Best practices, methods and tools for decent working conditions and health and safety were also examined, taking into account both international and Russian experience in the construction industry.

According to the LOC’s Head of Sustainability, Milana Verkhunova, the conference helped to lay the groundwork for future collaboration. "There will certainly be challenges, given the complexity of the operations, the risks inherent in any construction project, the fixed timelines and the number of construction companies involved. Nevertheless, given that all stakeholders share the common goal of creating decent working conditions for the construction of the FIFA World Cup stadiums, I am confident that our new third-party monitoring system will be successful and will help to address any non-compliance, to further minimize risks and to prevent accidents," FIFA official website quoted Verkhunova as saying.

In September-October 2015, the LOC conducted a self-assessment survey among the companies building and renovating the World Cup stadiums that addressed labor conditions and health and safety. The next step was the visit to inspect the stadium in Saint Petersburg, which took place on February 2016, alongside representatives from the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and the Russian Building Workers Union (RBWU).

“This was only the first of a series of such workshops that will take place as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Sustainability Strategy," Madleen Noreisch, Deputy Head of FIFA Sustainability, said. "I am already certain that this will prove to be a best practice to be replicated for future FIFA World Cups," she added.

Representatives from the Russian Federal Service for Labor and Employment, regional administrations, the BWI, the RBWU, construction companies and contractors for Russia 2018 stadiums, as well as specialists from the construction industry and health and safety experts also attended the event.