The WFSGI Pledge, as part of the FIFA Quality Programme, is a tool to ensure that FIFA certified footballs and artificial turf are produced in compliance with the WFSGI Code of Conduct outlining internationally recognized labour standards. Since 1997 the sporting goods industry has actively worked with FIFA to eliminate child labour in Pakistan and India, and with the topic of social compliance gaining importance over the years, in 2012 this single point focus on child labour was shifted to a broader approach covering today’s internationally recognized labour standards and embracing global production of FIFA certified products.
Today, each company that wishes to sign a FIFA license agreement and become part of the FIFA Quality Programme together with their manufacturer must sign a Pledge form confirming that they are both in compliance with all the principles set forth in WFSGI Code of Conduct. In order to verify this, the FIFA licensee (applicant) has to provide the WFSGI with an audit report proving its supplier’s full compliance with the WFSGI Code of Conduct. The audit report must cover all the provisions stipulated in the Code of Conduct and must be issued by an internationally recognized third party auditing company.
A separate Pledge is required for each production place where FIFA certified products are manufactured, and every FIFA licensee must renew each Pledge annually. If the company fails to provide the WFSGI with the required documentation in due time or the supplier is not in compliance with WFSGI’s Code of Conduct, FIFA remains the right to withdraw their license.
To find out more about the Pledge application procedure, please download the "WFSGI Pledge requirements in brief"
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