NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Statement on Accountability and Transparency in Activities of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games

We commend the Group of Experts for their excellent and important work in raising the profile of sustainability issues with regard to the Tokyo Olympics. Our main feedback is that you give more emphasis to human rights and labor issues, including by making them the sole topic of a theme (instead of part of a broader diversity and inclusion theme). As you note, conditions facing migrant workers are a main challenge within this area should be addressed directly in the new theme.

We have seen how poor human rights and labor conditions have real consequences for the many individuals involved in the construction and operations of the Olympics games. We have also seen the negative consequences for host countries when poor human rights and labor conditions are revealed. In hosting the Games, Tokyo has a real opportunity to set a high standard for human rights and labor conditions and assume a position of global leadership in this field.

Finally, we recommend you acknowledge human rights and labor directly in theme titled "Accountability and Transparency for Stakeholders in Activities of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games"as a main topic within the framework of transparency and accountability. Transparency and dialogue are essential to ensuring that all stakeholders acknowledge the full scope of human rights and labor challenges and work together to set a high standard for protections in this area.