Private Security Service Providers including Private Security Companies (PSC’s) play an ever expanding role in protecting both state and commercial entities while operating in high risk international environments. Supported by the DoD, a series of Quality Assurance Management System (QAMS) standards have been developed. The goal of the standards is to assure a high quality of 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 their objectives and that of their clients.
Radian and its partners have been instrumental in creating these standards both within ASIS and ISO. Lisa DuBrock has contributed to the authorship of both the ASIS and ISO standards for Private Security Companies (PSC.x and ISO 18788). Radian has assembled a PSC team comprised of Human Rights experts as well as consultants expert in understanding the PSC requirements.
Compliance to these standards can support an organization in many ways:
- Embedded in contract vehicles
- Participating governments recognize business responsibility to respect human rights
- Certifiable – to include field audits; avoids “de-coupling”
- Prevention: 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