Statement of Principles

Find out the statement of principles of the Premier League

At the Premier League, the following values influence the way we think, communicate and behave with each other and the world around us: 

Ambitious - Playing the world’s most competitive and compelling football. Striving for excellence in everything we do. Thinking big; not setting any unnecessary limits or barriers.

Inspiring - Sharing everyone’s excitement and passion for the game.  Creating experiences that excite people and invigorate lives. Remembering that we are fans too.

Connected - Being for everybody, everywhere. Being easy and open to work with. Listening as well as talking

Fair - Being objective, responsible and trustworthy. Safeguarding the integrity of the game. Thinking of tomorrow when making decisions for today

We use these values to determine what we do and say and they underpin our purpose: to support our clubs in putting on the best possible football and to inspire fans, communities and partners alike to invigorate lives across the globe.

This Statement of Principles outlines the standards and behaviours required to conduct our business ethically and to comply with the law.  Everyone who works for or on behalf of the Premier League (“Premier League Personnel”) is expected to uphold these high standards.

1. Integrity

We expect all Premier League Personnel to conduct themselves with integrity and in a manner that reflects positively on the image of the Premier League and football in general.  We expect all Premier League Personnel to be reliable, professional, honest and trustworthy both in dealings with each other and third parties.  This guiding principle informs the others that follow, and encompasses all aspects of our activities.

2. Compliance

We expect all Premier League Personnel to comply with all applicable laws, professional codes and regulations including but not limited to the Premier League Rules, together with the rules, regulations and constitution of the F.A., and FIFA.

3. No Harassment or Discrimination

We are fully committed to providing a positive working environment that offers equal treatment and equal opportunities for all employees and where everyone is treated with respect.  All Premier League activities must be performed in a professional manner, free of any form of discrimination or harassment.

Any inappropriate conduct toward others, including but not limited to that based on an individual’s sex, race, colour, weight, size, religion, national origin, age, marital or domestic-partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, will not be tolerated.

Further information for Premier League Personnel is available in our Equal Opportunities Policy.

4. Safeguarding

Everyone has the right to enjoy football in a safe and inclusive environment.  The Premier League aims to adopt the highest standards to safeguard children and adults at risk. We are committed to raising safeguarding awareness and creating a culture where safeguarding responsibilities and procedures for raising concerns are widely understood and embedded in our values.

Further information is available in our Safeguarding Policy and our Young Person’s Guide to understanding our Safeguarding Policy.

5. Compete Fairly

It is the policy of the Premier League to conduct all of our business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with the utmost integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.  Premier League Personnel shall not offer or accept gifts, hospitality or other inducements which encourage or reward a decision, or engage in any form of bribery.

Further information for Premier League Personnel can be obtained in our Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy.

6. Health and Safety

We are committed to managing health and safety effectively to protect our employees and other persons with whom we interact. The Premier League Board recognises that it has a legal duty of care towards protecting the health and safety of its employees and others who may be affected by the company’s activities, and that managing health and safety is a business-critical function.

Further information for Premier League Personnel can be obtained in our Health and Safety Policy.

7. Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We do not tolerate any form of modern slavery and we are committed to ensuring the implementation and enforcement of effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or in any of our supply chains. This is consistent with our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement published on our website in accordance with our obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Further information for Premier League Personnel can be obtained in our Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy.

8. Data Protection

The Premier League shall respect and protect the data and privacy of the employees, fans, players suppliers, contractorsand other individuals who we come into contact with in order to carry out our work.  The Premier League will be open with individuals about how we use their information and who we give it to and will comply with all applicable GDPR regulations. Further information on what data we collect, why we collect it and what we do with it can be found in our Privacy Policy.

Further information for Premier League Personnel can be obtained in our Data Protection Policy.

9. Whistleblowing

A culture of openness and accountability is essential in order to prevent illegal or unethical conduct from occurring and to address them if they do occur. If Premier League Personnel have any concerns that the standards and principles set out above are not being met or any other genuine concerns related to suspected wrongdoing or danger affecting any of our activites they should report it (anonymously if preferred) in accordance with our Whistleblowing Policy.  Whistleblowers will not suffer any detrimental treatment as a result of raising a genuine concern.