19
DEC
2016

U.S. Government Releases First National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On Friday, the U.S. government released its first National Action Plan (NAP) on Responsible Business Conduct. The NAP is the culmination of a two year process launched by President Obama in 2014 to create a plan consistent with the U.S. commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on...
17
NOV
2016

Tools for Effective and Responsible Contracting of Private Security Services

Private security companies provide services to a range of clients operating in complex and high risk environments. Increasingly state actors, to include international organizations, as well as private actors, such as companies and humanitarian assistance and human rights...
04
OCT
2016

ICoCA Takes Important Steps to Fulfill its Mission

Last Thursday the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) made significant advances toward fulfilling its purpose to promote the responsible provision of security services and ensure respect for human rights and international and national laws. At the ICoCA’s Annual...
19
AUG
2016

New Standards for CBs Certifying Private Security Companies to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1 and ISO 18788 Open for Public Comment

Readers, who have been closely following standard setting for private security companies (PSCs), may be interested in opportunities to comment on two new standards for Certification Bodies (CBs) certifying PSCs to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 and ISO 18788-2015 – the two leading...
20
JUL
2016

ICoCA Opens Pathway to Certification for Private Maritime Security Companies

It is now possible for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) to receive independent, third party certification to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) via the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA). On Friday of last...
15
JUL
2016

New Tools for States and Companies Assist with Better Governance of the Private Security Industry

In the last few months, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has released three new tools to help States better regulate private security companies (PSCs) and PSCs ensure the responsible provision of security services. An international foundation...
08
JUN
2016

Convicted Former Blackwater Guards Challenge Use of MEJA

According to Law360, the four former Blackwater guards convicted in the 2007 Nisour Square shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians argued before the DC Circuit that the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) should not have been used to prosecute them. While challenging most...
03
JUN
2016

REMINDER: Register for Corporate Responsibility for Federal Contractors June 9 Webinar

The Society of American Military Engineers is hosting a webinar, entitled Corporate Responsibility for Federal Contractors, on Thursday, June 9 from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Human Analytics’ Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt will discuss procurement requirements related to the responsible provision...
25
MAY
2016

Certifying Private Security Companies’ Human Rights Performance: Not All Certificates Are Created Alike

A growing number of private security companies (PSCs) providing security services overseas to the U.S. Department of Defense (US DoD) and U.S. Department of State (US DoS) are becoming certified by third party auditors as a means of demonstrating their adherence to international...
29
APR
2016

REMINDER: Register for Companies and Climate Change

Next week Thursday, May 5 “Companies and Climate Change: Legal Liability and Human Rights Challenges After Paris/COP21” is being held in Washington, D.C. from 2:30-5:30pm as an official side event of Climate Action 2016. A multi-stakeholder summit, Climate Action 2016 is the...
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