FIFA is in the news for all of the wrong reasons and is in danger of losing its reputation, status and credibility, but how did it find itself in this position?
The FIFA Executive Committee approved a Code of Ethics drawn up by the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play in accordance with Art. 7 of the FIFA, thereby fulfilling an obligation stated in the new FIFA Statutes that took effect on 1 January 2004.
The Executive Committee approved the revision of the Code of Ethics. This revision was prompted by a decision of the FIFA Congress passed in Munich in June 2006, requiring the creation of a new and independent Ethics Committee to constitute FIFA’s third judicial body.
26 May 2011:
FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam requested the FIFA Ethics Committee open ethics proceedings against FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter on the basis that, in the report submitted by FIFA Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer, FIFA Vice-President Jack A. Warner would have informed the FIFA President in advance about alleged cash payments to delegations attending a special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) apparently organised jointly by Jack A. Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam on 10 and 11 May 2011 and that the FIFA President would have had no issue with these.
Subsequently, the FIFA Ethics Committee opened a procedure against the FIFA President in compliance with Art. 16 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
28 May 2011:
Joseph S. Blatter was invited to attend a hearing by the FIFA Ethics Committee at the Home of FIFA (Zurich) on 29 May 2011.
Whatever the outcome, there are lessons for us. There is no point to a Code of Conduct unless there are processes in place to monitor, check and to take action where there are breaches. When was the last time you reviewed your performance against your own code of practice if you have one? When did you last review your performance against a professional body’s Code of Practice such as the Chartered Management Institute or the Institute of Consulting?
If there is a code, as professional managers, trainers and coaches, it is imperative that we adhere to it and become leaders of ethics and standards. If we do not, just like FIFA, we too might just catch a code (cold). Letting standards slip occasionally is bound to happen, but left unchecked it can become a habit and an accepted practice. Use the Self Assessment Code of Practice to review how well you are doing?