Why join the Association?

Private Security Companies

By joining the ICoC Association, private security companies show their commitment to complying with the fundamental human rights and humanitarian law principles and standards articulated in the ICoC. Certification by the Association is a public statement that the security company’s policies and systems have been independently reviewed and found to be in compliance with the ICoC, and that member PSCs’ activities are continuously monitored. Moreover, as an increasing number of States and non-State clients are requiring ICoC Association membership as a prerequisite to participating in bidding processes, becoming an ICoCA member may open up more business opportunities for PSCs.

 

States and intergovernmental organizations

By joining the ICoC Association, States and intergovernmental organizations emphasize their commitment to effective private security sector governance, as well as their support for international human rights - and humanitarian law - based principles and standards applying to the responsible provision of private security services sector, including those contained in the Montreux Document. As a non-State mechanism, the ICoCA is supplementary to any national governmental measures and offers an additional facility through which companies can be held accountable, potentially including redress for victims.

 

Civil Society Organizations

By joining the ICoC Association, civil society organizations help to promote and protect human rights and support the rule of law through improving effective regulation and accountability of the private security sector. Member civil society organizations play a key role in safeguarding the human rights focus of the Association’s core functions, and in ensuring that monitoring is carried out according to established human rights methodologies. Additionally, CSO members can contribute to identifying particular areas and regions where the provision of private security services may encounter higher risks, as well as in ensuring that the concerns and needs of impacted communities are taken into account and that the complains process is accessible and ensures effective remedies.