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...
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...
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...
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...
18
FEB
2016

ICoCA Releases Draft Statement Recognizing Private Maritime Security Companies Standard

The International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) has announced the release of a draft recognition statement in accordance with its certification procedure for ISO 28007-1: 2015 Ships and marine technology – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) providing...
11
DEC
2015

New Report Provides an Insider Perspective on the International Code of Conduct Process

A new report, Towards an International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers: A View from Inside a Multistakeholder Process, by Anne-Marie Buzatu of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) provides a first-hand account of the process that led...
13
OCT
2015

International Code of Conduct Association Reviews the Past Year and Maps Road Ahead

The International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) held its Annual General Assembly meeting on October 8 in Geneva. The ICoCA, established in September 2013, governs and oversees implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and...
18
AUG
2015

Update: Further Progress Made in Finalizing Certification to ICoCA Using PSC.1

In a previous blog post, ICoCA Releases Draft Certification Procedure for Vote by Members, Human Analytics described the process by which a national or international standard is considered for approval by the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) as the pathway for a...
05
AUG
2015

The Viability of Multi-stakeholder PSC Regulation

Individuals that follow the regulation of Private Security Companies (PSCs) will be particularly interested in Dr. Sorcha MacLeod’s recently published article, Private Security Companies and Shared Responsibility: The Turn to Multistakeholder Standard-Setting and Monitoring...
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