Responsible Private Security: Major progress towards an operational Code of Conduct

New procedures adopted at the General Assembly

Members of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA) voted to adopt key procedures at the 2016 Annual General Assembly, on 29 September 2016, effectively moving the Association into its operational phase.


The Association—whose membership represents private security companies (PSCs), governments, and  civil society organizations (CSOs)—calls for commitment to a code of conduct that ensures good governance within the sector, and respect for international humanitarian law and human rights.

ICoCA’s three main functions include:

  • Certification of Member companies;
  • A monitoring process to ensure adherence to the Code of Conduct and to promote improved performance;
  • A complaints procedure to offer a mechanism to report and remedy non-compliance or other concerns, and to assist PSCs in developing effective internal grievance mechanisms.


Members voted to adopt procedures for the latter two oversight functions, as well as an agreement that all members would undergo ICoCA certification by September 2018. They also approved a new membership dues structure. 


Presentations from the General Assembly

Secretariat staff provided details on the Association's functions and procedures, to inform discussion amongst Members ahead of the vote. A series of webinar information sessions during the month prior to the Assembly also helped to inform Members in advance, including those who weren't able to attend and who registered their votes remtely.


These include: 


ICoCA 2015 - 2016 Annual Report (presented by Anne-Marie Buzatu)



Article 11 update: Certification (Andrés Zaragoza)


Article 12 Procedure: Reporting, Monitoring and Assessing Performance (Molly Gray)



Article 13 Procedure: Complaints Mechanism (Gina Menghini)



Budget and Proposed Membership Dues for 2017 (Anne-Marie Buzatu and Director Chris Sanderson)



New ICoCA Board elected

ICoCA is governed by a Board comprising 12 Directors, four for each of the three membership pillars. At the Members elected three new Directors, and re-elected four Directors who had reached the end of their terms. The new ICoCA Board is:

  • Industry Pillar: John Howard Davies (Warrior Security: new 'At Large' Director); Charlie Mayne (VSC Security: new Director to represent 'Rest of the World' ); Chris Sanderson (Control Risks – UK: re-elected to represent UK / Europe); Alan Donohue (Constellis Group – representing USA).
  • Government Pillar: Rémy Friedmann (Board Chair, Switzerland: re-elected); Sophia Willitts-King (United Kingdom: re-elected); Katherine Gorove (USA); Bertil Roth (Sweden).
  • Civil Society Pillar: Josua Loots (Centre for Human Rights – South Africa: new Director); Amol Mehra (International Corporate Accountability Roundtable – USA: re-elected); Michael Posner (NYU Center for Business and Human Rights – USA); Meg Roggensack (Georgetown University Law Center – USA).

The Board and Secretariat extend their thanks to outgoing Directors Pamela Hosein, Andrew Nicholson and Aly Sagne for their hard work and valuable contribution.


The ICoCA Board: (from left) Chris Sanderson, Rémy Friedmann, Bertil Roth, Alan Donohue, Meg Roggensack, Michael Posner, Sophia Willitts-King, Josua Loots. Absent: John Davies, Charlie Mayne, Katherine Gorove, Amol Mehra.


Photos from the 2016 General Assembly

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