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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Independent auditor publishes first annual report of SC Workers’ Welfare Standards

Workers at Qatar 2022 site (courtesy: LOC)

  • Independent human rights experts Impactt Ltd release external compliance report
  • High levels of compliance in health and safety, living conditions found
  • 15,000 workers engaged on Qatar 2022 projects studied for the report
Impactt Ltd. – the human rights experts responsible for auditing the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) Workers’ Welfare Standards – have released the first Annual External Compliance report on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ construction sites.
Looking at the impact the Workers’ Welfare Standards have on the 15,000 workers engaged on SC projects, the report identified numerous areas of compliance with the SC’s Workers' Welfare Standards among the contractors covered. High levels of compliance were identified in areas including working conditions related to health and safety, contracts and administration, and living conditions – including accommodation and food, medical care and facilities management.
The independent auditor's first annual report on SC's Workers' Welfare Standards has identified high levels of compliance on health and safety of the 15,000 workers engaged in SC projects
Impactt, however, also identified a number of areas in which the SC has room to improve. Specific issues of concern relate to reimbursing workers for recruitment fees paid to recruiting agents in their home nations, the provision of adequate personal documentation such as residence permits, and setting up robust employer-worker dialogue mechanisms.
We will do everything necessary to ensure the issues identified are dealt with promptly.
H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, SC Secretary General.
SC Secretary General, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, welcomed the report, reflecting on it as another sign of the SC’s commitment to protect the workers building stadiums for the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.
"We have always believed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a catalyst to accelerate positive initiatives already being undertaken in Qatar, leaving a legacy of enhanced, sustainable and meaningful progress around workers’ welfare," Al Thawadi told sc.qa. "While the findings clearly state there are challenges, they also demonstrate our continued commitment to this process.
"We will do everything necessary to ensure the issues identified are dealt with promptly. We respect the diligence shown by Impactt during their audits and the constructive observations and recommendations made," he added.
The report said the SC has made "significant progress" since the Workers’ Welfare Standards were introduced while the contractors on the SC programme demonstrated an “impressive ability to improve”.
News of the report’s findings kicks off another important year for the SC’s Workers’ Welfare Division. During 2017 the division will aim to boost efforts to further enhance the recruitment process, introduce innovative cooling technologies to supplement existing summer working procedures and further enhance enforcement capabilities.