In 2013, DCAF and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, launched a joint project to address security and human rights challenges faced by companies operating in complex environments. While the project intends to have a wide application beyond the extractives sector, it was also developed to reflect the commitment of both organisations as official Observers to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Tool Development




The Toolkit offers good practices and recommendations on addressing real-life security and human rights challenges, complemented by practical tools such as checklists and case studies. The Toolkit is available in English, in French and Spanish and has four chapters focused respectively on companies' relations with host governments, public security forces, community security and private security providers.


A field version of the Toolkit compiling recommendations and tools specifically addressed to site-level company personnel is currently under development.


Knowledge Hub


The Knowledge Hub is a web platform that brings together guidance documents, tools and case studies that address security and human rights-related issues. This material is organised so that users can access the information they seek quickly and easily.


The Hub includes a News Feed which highlights new resources, projects and tools aiming to improve respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in the management of corporate security in complex environments.


Establishing MoUs with Host Governments

IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, is partnering with DCAF and the ICRC to develop tools that can support responsible security operations and related good practices. Within this partnership, the three organisations are developing guidance and tools to support companies in the process of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on security related issues with the national governments of the countries in which they operate.


Local Support and Implementation Activities


An important element of DCAF’s work is developing partnerships in different countries with local actors, in particular, those working in complex environments. Our approach is to develop tailored context specific processes and practices. These local collaborations aim to promote and support good security practices at the local level and to develop processes and tools that are contextually relevant.


Support to VPs implementation in Peru

DCAF and the ICRC have partnered with Socios Perú, a Peruvian NGO, and with PeaceNexus, a Swiss-based foundation. This partnership promotes security and human rights good practices through engagement with extractive companies in Peru. The objective of the project is to raise awareness, identify implementation gaps in the area of security and human rights, and co-develop guidance and tools specifically tailored to the Peruvian context. This is done through a process of multi-stakeholder engagement. All products developed as part of this project will be available in Spanish and in English on the Security Human Rights Knowledge Hub.