ISO 18788 and ASIS PSC.1 Standards for Private Security Operations
Private security service providers, including Private security companies (PSCs), play an ever-expanding role in protecting both government and commercial entities while operating in high risk international environments. The goal of both ISO 18788 and ASIS PSC.1 is to assure high quality security services while protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms in circumstances where the rule of law has been weakened due to human or natural events, while allowing for the PSC to achieve its objectives and those of its clients. Originally developed with the support of the US DoD, these standards have become increasingly adopted by PSCs throughout the world.
Compliance with these standards can support an organization in many ways, including:
- Being embedded in contract vehicles.
- Recognition by participating governments of their business responsibility to respect human rights.
- Certification – to include field audits; avoids “de-coupling.”
- Prevention through human rights risk assessments and risk avoidance.
- Redress and Improvement: complaints procedures; performance evaluation; management review.
- Creating and spreading a human rights culture: human rights and IHL trainings.
Why implement and certify to a Private Security Operations Management System?
- Create a standardized framework for security operations.
- Develop principles and requirements for security operations.
- Support a business and risk management framework for organizations conducting or contracting security operations and related activities and functions.
- Identify and address risks at all levels of the business.
- Ensure governance is in place and monitored to provide accountability to law and respect for human rights.
- Meet mandated requirements of customers and partners.
Radian’s expanded team of experts has extensive experience in security operations from former military and government service as well as human rights experts. They participate in exercises to teach the relevant elements of this standard and those of the International Code of Conduct which supports the governance of human rights. This standard has unique requirements including a human rights risk assessment. Radian’s managing partner, Lisa DuBrock, CPP, helped create this standard and continues to participate in the ISO working group. Our team has the experience and expertise to assist any organization needing to implement and certify to this standard.