The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, work together to support effective implementation of good security and human rights practices in alignment with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The objective of the joint project is to strengthen companies’ capacity to mitigate security-related risks and create safer environments when operating in complex environments. As such, the DCAF-ICRC project constitutes an implementation-focused contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Against the background of the growing overseas presence of Chinese companies, including in environments affected by conflict and instability, DCAF and the ICRC are committed to reinforcing their engagement with Chinese actors. DCAF and the ICRC have developed a toolkit to assist companies in managing the security of their operations in an effective and sustainable way. The DCAF-ICRC Toolkit has been translated into Chinese for better accessibility to Chinese stakeholders and is to be launched at this event during the Swiss Innovation Week. It constitutes a practical tool offering a large set of good practices on interacting with public security forces and private security companies, establishing security arrangements with host states and on community security. Through these efforts the DCAF-ICRC team aims to engage with Chinese actors on responsible security management in complex environments protecting the livelihood and dignity of those affected by business operations.
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