The standard contains the requirements for management systems for private security activities. ISO 18788 provides a business and risk management framework for organisations performing or procuring security operations and related activities and functions, while demonstrating:
(a) conducting professional security operations to meet the requirements of customers and other stakeholders;
(b) accountability to the law and respect for human rights;
(c) compliance with the voluntary commitments it makes.
ISO 18788 is applicable to any organisation that needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide services that meet client needs and comply with applicable laws and human rights requirements.