Securing your world

Playing a positive role

Human Rights Highlights

Strategic Importance

Our businesses can contribute positively to the realisation of human rights by the range of services we offer to protect people and enable them to enjoy their rights.

We also recognise that we have a duty to ensure that we are not at risk of violating human rights through the services we provide, the customers we work with, the suppliers we use and through the fair and appropriate treatment of our own employees and others who are in our care.

Increasingly, customers and other key stakeholders are looking to companies such as G4S to demonstrate specific actions and practices which are aligned to internationally recognised human rights standards, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (2011), Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (2000), and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (2010). Our human rights framework aims to bring our existing practices into line with these standards and introduce new guidelines in areas which are not covered by existing policies and practices.


Achievements in 2013 

Priorities for 2014

  • Launched our landmark human rights framework, based on the UN Guiding Principles
  • Continue to build awareness of human rights issues and responsibilities through all levels of the group
  • Introduced a systematic approach to human rights due-diligence and risk assessment
  • Further embed human rights risk assessment and due-diligence into our wider business processes
  • Aligned our internal audit process and human resources minimum standards with key human rights issues
  • Embed human rights risk assessments as a key tool for evaluating business opportunities and risks
  • Reviewed existing standards and training programmes to ensure they reflect the relevant human rights elements
  • Implement a process of human rights self-assessment for G4S businesses which operate within higher risk countries
  • Developed a human rights audit process for high risk countries
  • Continue to seek advice from external human rights experts to ensure that the group’s policies and processes reflect best practice
  • Introduced an awareness programme of human rights issues and responsibilities


  • G4S Global Risk Services became a founder member of the ICOC Association, the compliance and oversight body of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers