13
NOV
2017

The Value-Add of the ICoCA: A ‘Strong Sword’

What is the ‘value-add’ of the ICoCA? That question surfaced occasionally at the margins of the successful annual meeting of the International Code of Conduct Association, the Swiss-based non-profit association that brings together industry, civil society, and governments to...
17
OCT
2017

Continued progress in operationalizing responsible private security: ICoCA holds annual meeting

With a new tagline on its promotional materials, “bringing together industry, civil society and governments to promote responsible private security services and respect for human rights,” the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) held its Annual General Assembly in...
13
JUN
2017

Panel: The Role of Trade Associations in Promoting Human Rights, Sustainability and CSR

Readers of this blog in the Washington, D.C. area may be interested in attending an upcoming panel discussing the role that U.S. trade associations can play in promoting human rights, sustainability, and CSR. Representatives from four different industries will share case studies...
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...