The International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) was launched at the IOC’s International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) in February 2017. It is a multi-stakeholder platform with the mission "to bring together international sports organisations, governments, inter-governmental organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen and support efforts to eliminate corruption and promote a culture of good governance in and around sport".
The IPACS core group is comprised of the IOC, the United Kingdom Government, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The initiative has received widespread approval, including from the 14th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport, the G20 governments and the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
In December 2017, IPACS agreed to set up three new taskforces to address pressing issues:
- reducing the risk of corruption in procurement relating to sporting events and infrastructure;
- ensuring integrity in the selection of major sporting events, with an initial focus on managing conflicts of interest; and
- optimising the processes of compliance with good governance principles to mitigate the risk of corruption.
Each taskforce will develop checklists and pilot projects in their specific areas, and report back to IPACS.