International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers
Signatory Companies' Headquarters
Development of an Oversight Mechanism
From the 19th till the 22nd of February 2013 the drafting conference of the Charter for the Oversight Mechanism took place in Montreux. The aim of the drafting conference was to achieve a consensus among participating stakeholders on the final text of the charter for the oversight mechanism, based on a draft prepared by the Temporary Steering Committee (TSC) of the ICoC during extensive consultation with stakeholders over the past year. The purpose of this independent governance and oversight mechanism is to ensure the effective implementation of the ICoC through the certification and monitoring of private security providers, as well as through the adoption of a complaint procedure.
The Articles of Association were successfully agreed upon and can be found here.
Information on the final text and how to become a member of the Association of the ICoC can be found here.
Further efforts will now be required to prepare for the formal launch and establishment of the oversight mechanism at a later date in 2013.
The press release of the Swiss Government can be found here.
The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoC) is a multi-stakeholder initiative convened by the Swiss government. It aims to set private security industry principles and standards based on international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as to improve accountability of the industry by establishing an external independent oversight mechanism. The Articles of Association seek to establish this mechanism which will include certification, auditing, monitoring and reporting. By signing the ICoC, signatory companies publicly commit to operate in accordance with the Code. Signatory Companies are expected to seek to become members of the Association, which will start its functioning by the middle of 2013.