Paragraphs 56 to 58 of the International Code of Conduct lay out commitments concerning management of weapons while paragraph 60 to 62 concern the management of ammunition. What are the challenges private security companies face in putting these commitments into practice, and what are the challenges in verifying companies are complying with their commitments? In the second half of 2021, with the support of the Swiss Government, the Small Arms Survey, in partnership with ICoCA undertook research to investigate these questions. This session presents findings of the research conducted, and explains how these findings are being used to inform more detailed assessment of ICoCA Member and Affiliate companies. A panel discussion follows the project presentation, where we ask a group of experts, among other questions:

  • What are the potential risks and impacts of the mismanagement of weapons and ammunition?
  • How do current regulatory frameworks support the responsible management of weapons in high risk and complex environments?
  • How should weapons be defined, and who is thinking about the responsible management of non-lethal weapons?

Jan 13, 2022


Chris Galvin, Head of Communications & Outreach, ICoCA



Adrian Foster, Strategic Project Advisor, Small Arms Survey

Martina Gasser, Head of Export Control and Private Security Service Section, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland

Liam Kelly, Chief Operating Operator, G4S Risk Management

Eric Mongelard, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR)

Michelle Nyandong, Program Officer, Life and Peace Institute



The indicators below were developed during the project and will be used to assess ICoCA Member and Affiliate companies. They are made freely available to any interested parties, click on the links below.