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The Association

The International Code of Conduct


The purpose of the Association is to promote, govern and oversee implementation of the International Code of Conduct and to promote the responsible provision of security services and respect for human rights and national and international law in accordance with the Code.


The Code includes a wide range of standards and principles for the responsible provision of private security services which can be broadly summarised in two categories: first, principles regarding the conduct of Member Company personnel based on international human rights and humanitarian law standards including rules on the use of force, sexual violence, human trafficking and child labour; and second, principles regarding the management and governance of Member Companies including the selection, vetting and proper training of personnel. 



The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative established as a Swiss non-profit association.  The main bodies of the ICoCA are:



All Members – States, private security companies and civil society organisations (the three ‘pillars’) – form part of the General Assembly. Similarly, the Board of Directors consists of twelve elected members, which grant equal representation to each pillar. The Board of Directors is the executive decision-making body of the Association.




The Association is primarily financed by its Members and Affiliates: 


  • Government contributions are made on a voluntary basis.
  • Private Security Company Members and Affiliates pay a joining fee (1,000 USD) as well as an annual due which is determined according to the company’s revenue. For more information please see the approved structure for 2017.
  • Observers of the Association are required to pay an annual fee as described in the Observer policy.


Please refer to the 2018 Audited Financials for further information.