Clean Games Inside and Outside of the Stadium


Countries of operation: 
Brazil (HQ)
Construction - Public works
Collective Action Type: 
Integrity Pacts

Ethos Institute (Executive Secretariat); Brazilian Articulation Against Corruption and Impunity – ABRACCI; Amarribo Brasil; Athletes for Citizenship – Atletas pela Cidadania; Unfied Workers Confederation – Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT); Brazilian Council for Sustainable Construction – Conselho Brasileiro de Construção Sustentável (CBCS); Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture and Agronomy – Conselho Federal de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Agronomia (CONFEA); Federal Office of the Comptroller General – Controladoria-Geral da União (CGU); United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – UNODC; AVINA Foundation; Social Observatory Institute – Instituto Observatório Social; UN Global Compact Office NY; Brazilian Social Network for Just and Sustainable Cities – Rede Social Brasileira por Cidades Justas e Sustentáveis


This initiative is led by the Ethos Institute. Between 2011 and 2016, more than US$ 3 million will be invested in actions to increase transparency, integrity and social control over money invested in Brazil to build infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.


This project is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Further information


The Clean Games project seizes the opportunity presented by Brazil's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games to empower the fight against corruption. The initiative seeks to take advantage of the investments made for the games to enact a range of activities and promote a virtuous circle of social development. The project will seek agreements with companies and transparency commitments between public officials. It will also offer tools for collective actions of surveillance, monitoring and social control of investments aimed at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Ethos Institute – Business and Social Responsibility took the first step in this initiative, which invests US$ 3.1 million in actions to increase transparency, integrity and social control over money invested in the country to build infrastructure for these events. Companies and governments are called to take on public commitments to take preventive measures to avoid fraud and corruption. Civil society will have access to tools to support social control of these public investments.


This project is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Membership organization structure: 

The Clean Games project relies on engaged entities that participate in the project’s Committees. The role of the National Coordination and Mobilization Committee is to guide proposed activities and to converge agendas of other existing initiatives dealing with the games, such as impacts on education, public policy on sports, environment, decent work and sustainable cities. The four National Thematic Committees and their assorted areas of responsibility include:


  • Legal Committee: Gathering entities with full knowledge of the issue, it is responsible for analysing procurement contracts. Wrongdoing reports received by the Clean Games Project go through this committee before being forwarded to the competent authorities.
  • Companies and Investors Committee: Coordinates actions with entities from the business sector involved in the 2014 and 2016 events to foster integrity in relationships between corporations and the government, promoting socially, economically and environmentally responsible investments. Responsible for overseeing the Sectoral Agreements.
  • Sports and Athletes Committee: Gathering athletes, scholars and sports fans, it is responsible for analyzing investments in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games under the lens of sports-related public policy, overseeing actions aimed at promoting sports activities and ensuring fans’ rights.
  • Media Committee: Enables information sharing on investments in mega events among large media outlets.
Is the collective action initiative open to other companies?: 

Promoting transparency, integrity and social control over infrastructure investments for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games through Collective Action with the engagement of: Public Sector, Business, Civil Society, Workers and Academia

Strengths, weaknesses, lessons learned: 

The initiative features several strategies for action, including: sectoral agreements as a tool for self-regulation, to define clear rules between companies competing within the same business sector, aiming to promote fair and transparent market conditions and to prevent corrupt practices in their business relations. Two sectors in which agreements will be implemented include health technology and energy Local Administration transparency indicators assist in providing information that host cities need to make public so that citizens and civil society organizations can verify the ethical conduct of companies and the public sector. Information will include data from infrastructure works, as well as from specific legislation and from the Sectoral Agreements. Tools to help achieve the initiative’s objectives include publications explaining, in plain language, how to read bid contracts and the most usual ways of breaching the rules of public works.

Key activities, 2013-2014:

Evaluating and promoting transparency indicators

  • Transparency Indicators were applied in all cities and states that hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the results were released in 2013 (cities) and 2014 (states); the second assessment showed a significant improvement in transparency of investments in comparison to the first edition of 2012 (cities) and 2013 (states); Transparency Indicators will now also be applied to institutions which are involved in the Olympics and Para-Olympics Games Rio 2016
  • The Transparent City Initiative was developed in cooperation with Amarribo Brasil, the Brazilian Transparency International Chapter, to promote and further expand the City Transparency Indicators to 26 municipalities corresponding to all state capitals and to the federal capital


Awareness raising and engagement of civil society

  • Participation in the 1st Workshop Dialogue with Civil Society on the Sustainability Management Plan for the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games Rio 2016; the Organizing Committees of the Olympic and Para-Olympic Games will now also adhere to the Business Integrity Pact Against Corruption
  • Organization of the national seminar ‘Balance of World Cup 2014: How is this Game?’ focusing on debates related to integrity/transparency, human rights and environment issues
  • Participation in the National Chamber for Transparency , organized by the Federal Government, which was a forum for dialogue between representatives of state and local governments hosting the FIFA World Cup
  • The booklet ‘Jogo Limpo x Jogo Sujo ’ was completed and published. It explains government procurement procedures and how citizens can participate in the oversight of those procurements Establishing sectorial agreements
  • The ‘Guide on Fighting Corruption in Sport Sponsor and Sport related Hospitalities’ was launched at the same time as the new anti-corruption law 6826/2013 was introduced, which was helpful to sensitize and engage main sponsor companies for Collective Action; meetings with sponsor companies were carried out in order to develop a Sectorial Agreement to prevent corruption and map the risk of corruption and bribery


Angelica Rocha
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