Complex Made Simple

Olive Group first private security company to be awarded accredited certification to PSC1

Olive Group FZ-LLC has become the first private security company globally to achieve accredited certification against the PSC1 standard for private security companies. This follows a rigorous process of audit and inspection of its corporate management systems and its field operations in Iraq.

In December 2012, the British Government endorsed the American National Standard Institute’s PSC.1 2012 as the standard against which private security companies operating in complex environments like Iraq should be evaluated.

Accreditation to the standard requires that the company be audited by independent third party auditors and overseen by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS). Olive Group is the first company to receive such accreditation and was successfully assessed at every level from Managing Director to uniformed guard, including its compliance with regulations and law.

“Olive Group is delighted to be the first company to receive accredited certification covering its corporate processes and its extensive operations in Iraq. Its management systems, training, operational procedures and commitment to human rights were rigorously tested in the audit and certification process conducted by the international certification body Intertek,” says Martin Rudd, Managing Director of Olive Group.

“Iraq is one of the most complex security environments our clients work in and the PSC.1 audit has scrutinised every element of how we support them, both corporately and in the field. We will now seek accreditation for the work we are doing supporting clients in other markets such as East Africa, Afghanistan, Somaliland and Yemen.

“We also believe this is an important first step for the industry and we expect this will rapidly become a benchmark for security companies,” Rudd continues.

Paul Gibson, Director of SCEG, added his “congratulations to Olive Group on being the first company to achieve accredited certification to ANSI/ASIS PSC1 for your operations in a complex environment.”


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