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Business and Security

Who we are

The impact of the private sector on security can be particularly significant in contexts of state fragility where national governance is weak. However, security sector reform processes and efforts to promote responsible business conduct are rarely aligned. DCAF’s seeks to bridge this gap through enabling innovative multistakeholder partnerships that contribute to improved security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We help the international community to develop relevant norms, standards and good practices on business and security, and support national stakeholders in implementing them, contributing to the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Programmes

DCAF’s Business and Security Division works with business, governments and communities to improve security, sustainable development and respect for human rights. We play a leading role globally in improving oversight and accountability of the private security industry. We engage actively to address security and human rights challenges related to the extractives sector when operating in complex environments. More broadly, DCAF supports initiatives at local, national and international levels that promote responsible business conduct.

We engage on two levels:
    - Support to international initiatives that promote responsible business conduct
    - Support to national implementation in the field of business and security


  • Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada)
  • Lumière Synergie pour le Développement (LSD)
  • Socios Perú
  • Geneva Internet Platform
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • German Federal Foreign Office
  • The Montreux Document Forum
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)
  • DiploFoundation
  • University of Denver
  • IPIECA (The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues)