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Concacaf announces reform framework

To develop the Reform Framework, the Confederation convened a three-member Special Committee including Justino Compeán of the Mexican Football Federation, Sunil Gulati of the United States Soccer Federation, and Victor Montagliani of the Canada Soccer Association.
06/07/2015
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that its Executive Committee approved an expansive Reform Framework that seeks to substantially strengthen the Confederation’s governance, management, and operations.

"The Reform Framework, which was developed at the request of the Confederation’s Executive Committee, is an additional step toward ushering in systemic organizational change to further enhance CONCACAF’s business operations through improved governance, increased public disclosure, and enhanced anti-corruption controls. Implementation of the Reform Framework will begin immediately," the Confederation said in a statement.

Some of the proposals contained in the Reform Framework are:

1) Require a minimum number of members of the Executive Committee to be independent, i.e., not affiliated with any football-related activities of any member association.

2) Impose term limits on all members of the Executive Committee, including the President.

3) Approval by Congress of Executive Committee member compensation on an annual basis.

4) Review and recommend changes to Executive Committee composition, nomination and election procedures to ensure greater representation and prevent entrenchment.

5) Implement a “pre-approved” vendor system for all contracts with CONCACAF, including credit and background checks for all vendors.

6) Retain outside consultant(s) to improve bid process, audit counterparties for bribery and fraud, and review internal controls, including expense and reimbursement controls.

7) Review and adopt stronger related party transaction policies, i.e., all employees and Executive Committee members must certify on an annual basis compliance as to policies, including restrictions on transactions with immediate family members, and formal processes for disclosure and recusals for Executive Committee members for conflicts of interest.

8) Implement a whistleblower hotline to be administered by CONCACAF’s audit committee.

9) Make available publicly annual financial statements and budget of CONCACAF on website.

To develop the Reform Framework, the Confederation convened a three-member Special Committee including Justino Compeán of the Mexican Football Federation, Sunil Gulati of the United States Soccer Federation, and Victor Montagliani of the Canada Soccer Association.

The Reform Framework was unanimously approved by CONCACAF’s Executive Committee at an in-person meeting on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

 

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