VPI Membership Application Window is Open Until September 15, 2024 

July 5, 2024 •

The Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) is currently receiving new Membership applications. Organizations interested in becoming a VPI Member need to submit their applications in writing by September 15, 2024, to applications@voluntaryprinciples.org

VPI Membership falls into three pillars: Corporate, Government, and NGO. There is also a category for Observer organizations such as international organizations and industry associations. At this time, individuals, consulting firms, security companies, and educational institutions are not eligible for membership.  

To be considered for VPI Membership, an applicant must first demonstrate that they meet the entry criteria for the category they are applying to (i.e. Corporate, Government, NGO, or Observer). Applicants can refer to the updated Admission Frameworks for information and guidance on the entry criteria and the application process for each category: 

Applications are assessed during two annual windows, in March and September of each year, and are reviewed by the VPI Steering Committee, in consultation with Members. Applications received after the due date will be assessed in the following cycle. Please note that the typical successful application process takes several months (up to a year) from window close date to acceptance. 

As a multi-stakeholder initiative, the VPI promotes peer-learning, collective problem-solving, and sharing of best practices on security and human rights issues. By joining the VPI, your organization will have opportunities to engage with like-minded stakeholders, gain access to training and peer learning opportunities, and collaborate with other Members to address security-related human rights challenges around the world. VPI Members will also have access to exclusive content such as industry updates, expert-led webinars, and events. 

If you any questions regarding the applications, please contact the VPI Secretariat at applications@voluntaryprinciples.org

About the Voluntary Principles 

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are an internationally recognized set of principles that guide companies on how to conduct their security operations while ensuring respect for human rights. To promote implementation of the Principles, the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) was created. The Initiative is comprised of over 75 members and observers including companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations that share best practices and mutually support the implementation of the Principles. 

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