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Uncomfortable bedfellows? NGOs and private security and risk companies

Private security companies are in the news again this week with revalations that several large companies have used private intelligence firms to monitor campaign groups. What is surprising is the rumours that numerous well-known NGOs and charities are making use of multinational private companies for their security risk management. Open Briefing has long been uncomfortable with this situation.

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Ethical statement

Open Briefing is committed to an ethical approach in all its activities and procedures. We are a a signatory of the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, bound by the Code of Conduct for Members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association, a certified member of Social Enterprise UK, and signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health and the Armed Forces Covenant. We also operate a 'no weapons policy' and do not knowingly make use of suppliers or services that invest in or have any links to unethical industries, including the arms trade and extractive industries.

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