The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has lobbied to recognize private security contractors as “key workers”.
The Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) is a trade association group of security and risk companies working on international standards for the private security and crisis management sector. It participates in UN sessions on the regulation of PMSC, advocating for non-binding instruments and third-party accreditations
The International Stability Operation Association (ISOA) is the lobbying association for the private security industry in the US. Its members include Blackwater USA, MPRI, Erinys, Armor Group, and other companies.
ASIS is an industry-led standard setting body for the security sector. With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, t works with national and international standards-setting organizations and industry representatives to develop voluntary standards and guidelines for security professionals.
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries (2005-Present) was created by the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly to examine the use of mercenaries and its impacts on human rights and the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination.
The International Maritime Organization created the Intersessional Maritime Security and Piracy Working Group of the Maritime Safety Committee, which has approved Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) circulars on the use of private security personnel on board ships.
The Montreaux Document on international legal obligations and good practices for States related to operations of private military and security companies during armed conflict (2008) is a non-binding international regulatory framework that assigns responsibilities to governments based on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). It was the result of a joint initiative between Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and included representatives from governments, industry, and civil society. Currently, 57 State and 3 international organizations support this framework. In 2004 members of Montreux Document created the Montreux Document Forum (MDF) to advance its implementation.
ICoC is a multi-stakeholder initiative promoting human rights responsibilities of private security companies, particularly when operating in complex environments. It is currently supported by 7 States, 95 PMSC and 42 NGOs.
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