This industry standard provides guidance for companies that want to achieve national and international certification, as well as compete for US and UK government contracts. The standard specifies the need for human rights due diligence, include the use of human rights risk and impact assessments, specific training for security providers on the ground, and robust monitoring and evaluation. PSC1 will be followed by PSC2, which provides guidance for auditors. More Info (PDF)
The ICoC was designed to provide PSCs with a robust tool for self-regulation and monitoring. Its board includes members from prominent governments, industry, and human rights organizations. Industry members who join the ICoC Association pledge to undergo human rights monitoring and evaluation, and provide appropriate training for their members. Compliance with the ICoC is especially important for non-US companies working for multi-nationals or humanitarian organizations. For a list of current industry members, and for the text of the document: More Info
The intent of this document is to remind states of their obligations under international humanitarian law, and strengthen the oversight of PSCs by three types of states: the ‘territorial states’ where PSCs operate, the ‘contracting states’ that use their services, and the ‘home states’ where they are incorporated. Although it is aimed at governments, the Montreux Document also includes best practices for companies, especially on human rights. More Info (PDF)

Four PSC regulatory regimes

Four PSC regulatory regimes

* The UN Working Group is not an official ‘regime,’ but it does serve the function of commenting on the activities of PMSCs and participating in forums discussing their use and regulation. More Info

Additional soft regulation that may affect PSC operations:

Designed in the aftermath of decades of conflict in and around large mining and oil extraction projects, the Voluntary Principles endeavor to embed human rights and best practices in security provision, with special focus on the public security forces that often work in an around large multinationals. More Info
The UN GPs were intended to help large multinational companies comply with local and international human rights laws in order to minimize conflict in the locations where they do business, and comply with recognized international standards throughout their supply chain. More Info (PDF)

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Compliance with these regulations provides your company with three distinct benefits:

  • Compliance demonstrates robust commitment to the highest level of operational standards for clients.
  • The process results in additional organizational benefits by providing confidential and focused feedback on a wide array of practices from within the company.
  • External stakeholders in the areas where the company operates are consulted, and the process enables better community relations in high risk areas.

For more information on international and national regulations,
see: Private Security Monitor

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