Conflict of Interest

A key element for ensuring the integrity of sport organisations is the development and implementation of appropriate conflict-of-interest policies to mitigate the risk that the processes were unduly influenced, to reinforce public trust in the integrity of sport organisations.

The WBSC Conflict of Interest Policy sets out the procedures for identifying and managing conflicts and potential conflicts of interests or duty, affecting all persons involved in the administration and running of the WBSC and its business. Conflicts affect discussions and decision-making and may result in decisions being reached that are not in the best interests of the WBSC, moreover conflicts can give the impression that improper conduct has occurred and normal decision making is more transparent and it allows the management of conflict that arises. All parties are under a duty to avoid a conflict, where possible. If a party has a conflict, a decision must be made as to how to manage it, as follows:

  • By the President for Conflicts relevant to WBSC EB members;
  • By the Chairman of the meeting at which the Conflict becomes relevant.

and in each case, after consultation with the WBSC Integrity Unit.

There are 2 main types of conflicts:

  • Conflict of interests: Where a party has an interest personal to them, which may conflict with the best interests of WBSC.
  • Conflict of duties: Where a party owes a duty to another body, that may conflict with his/her duties to act in the best interests of the WBSC.

Upon election - appointment, the party concerned must declare his/her interests, using the Declaration of Interests Form provided by the WBSC (page 7 "Conflict of Interest Policy"). The information on the form will be used to update the WBSC Conflict of Interest registry, which is used to track potential conflict and to keep an organized overview.

Document Name
Conflict of Interest Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy - Appendix 01
Conflict of Interest Policy - Appendix 02