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PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES

95 MEMBERS

If you are interested in joining the Association as either a Member or an Affiliate please click on “Become a Member” and register. The Secretariat will subsequently send you the login details which will give you access to the online membership application form.

 

By joining the Association as Members or Affiliates, private security companies (PSCs) show their commitment to complying with the fundamental human rights and humanitarian law principles and standards articulated in the Code. 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 Code, and that Member Companies’ activities are continuously monitored. Moreover, as an increasing number of States and non-State clients are requiring Association Membership and/or Affiliation as a prerequisite to participating in bidding processes, becoming an ICoCA Member or Affiliate may open up more business opportunities for Member and Affiliate Companies.

 

What is the difference between Member and Affiliate Companies? Members have until the 31st December of the 3rd Calendar year from when they join the Association as a Member to become ICoCA Certified. Those Members that have not been able to attain ICoCA certification within this time-period will be eligible for Affiliate status if the company shows that it has satisfactorily completed the latest Company Self-Assessment and continues to commit to operating consistently with the principles of the Code. While there is no requirement for Affiliates to become ICoCA certified within a specified time-frame, they nevertheless agree to operate in compliance with the Code, are subject to monitoring by the Association and the complaints function and must complete the annual Company Self-Assessment. Affiliate status may be preferred by Private Security Companies eager to demonstrate their compliance with the Code but not yet ready to start the process towards ICoCA certification. Affiliates are not full Members of the Association and do not have voting rights.

 

Member and Affiliate Companies pay a joining fee ($1000) and an annual due which is determined according to the company’s revenue. At the 2016 Annual General Assembly, Members voted to adopt a new dues structure, which entered into effect from 2017:

 

Level            

Revenue                       

Annual dues 2019  

Small

$ 0-3M

$3,500

$ 3-10M

$6'000

$ 10-20M

$7'000

Medium

$ 20-50M

$11'000

$ 50-100M

$12'000

Large

$ 100-300M

$14'000

$ 300-500M

$16'000

$ 500M+

$18'000

 

If you have any questions about joining the Association as a Member or an Affiliate, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at secretariat@icoca.ch.

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

34 MEMBERS

If you are interested in joining the Association please click on “Become a Member” and register. The Secretariat will subsequently send you the login details which will give you access to the online membership application form.

 

By joining the Association, civil society organisations 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 organisations 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.

 

If you have any questions regarding Membership, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at secretariat@icoca.ch.

GOVERNMENTS

7 MEMBERS

By joining the Association, governments emphasize their commitment to effective private security sector governance, as well as their support for international principles and standards applying to the responsible provision of private security services sector, including those contained in the Montreux Document

 

If you have any questions regarding Membership, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at secretariat@icoca.ch.

OBSERVERS

38 OBSERVERS

In addition to the three membership pillars, the ICoCA may grant non-voting observer status to persons or entities that are interested in participating in the work of the Association. Participation of observers is at the discretion of the Board of Directors, and may include participation in Association meetings, Association advisory committees or bodies, or receipt of Association communication. The Secretariat charges an annual Observer fee, which may be waived under certain conditions. Private Security Companies that provide security services as defined in Part B of the Code, are not eligible for Observer status. 

 

Please click here to register. The Secretariat will subsequently send you the login details which will give you access to the online application form.

 

The Observer Fees Policy is available here.