Buying Security Services: Human Rights

Security services are not grounds for your own private army and they do not act without consequence.

Human rights and violations by security service providers have proven to be very costly and damaging to brand integrity for some companies.

Use of your resources such as uniforms, vehicles, facilities in the execution of human rights violations (of all kinds) will likely result in significant legal challenges not only within the country of event but in international or country of origin courts too.

Human rights are not intuitive to the security industry in many countries.

You bear the responsibility for ensuring your provider is compliant and aware.

They bear the responsibility for carrying out training and awareness to an agreed and auditable standard.

Engagement of government agencies, local police/military on your behalf can also expose your company to human rights and other legislation risks.

Ensure you have a plan to regulate and monitor the potential for human rights violations.

Whilst local government, military, and police elements may contribute to your local security plan, their use, agreements and most definitely any and all financial contributions exposes your business and brand to compromise.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Voluntary Principles of Human Rights For Security and numerous other conventions, agreements and governing principles need to be considered as part of your use or agreements with government agencies.

Failure to consider and adhere to these conventions at some point will draw attention from Non-Government Organisations [NGO] and international humane groups….which can be very powerful and destructive to local operations.

Tony Ridley

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Intelligent Travel

International travel health, safety, security and risk management services company. Created concept for services, raised capital, structured operations team and lead product development and role out, in support of key partnership, service agreements. Executive management of finance, marketing, vendors, compliance and reporting requirements. Safety and security subject matter experts and mentor for new hires and key support resources. Brand and services representative in various international and public speaking engagement, expert panels and other public forums. Created and delivered strategic marketing and communications strategy, in addition to management of all supporting marketing, information and intelligence systems. Proven ability to combine vision and strong business acumen with well-developed project management and leadership qualities to support business operations, risk management consulting, security operations management, business intelligence, vendor management and commercial security services. Former special forces and government/police professionals. Areas of expertise include: Security Operations Management, Executive Protection, Travel Safety & Security, Terrorism, Security Guard Force Management, Online Marketing, Video production and Editing, Marketing Automation, Open Source Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Protective Security, Security Services Audit, Product Launch, Product Development, Management Systems Development, Website Creation & Management, Business & Marketing Analytics, Social Media Management, Content Creation, General Marketing