Transparency and Accountability

We are committed to transparency and accountability in all our humanitarian work. 

Our accountability to the people we help

People affected by armed conflict have been at the centre of our work since the ICRC was founded. Our humanitarian actions aim to protect and preserve their rights, increase their resilience to crises and other situations likely to put them at risk, and produce the best possible outcomes for them.

Evaluating our impact

In designing and implementing our programmes, we never lose focus on the people affected – not in assessing their situations, identifying their needs, or monitoring the outcomes.

Our strategies, policies and code of conduct

Read our institutional strategy documents and the policies setting out our commitment to ethical conduct, integrity and operational excellence in all our activities. 

Our approach to data protection

Recognizing the importance of safeguarding sensitive information, we have developed a comprehensive policy on data protection that upholds the principles of confidentiality, integrity and accountability, with a strong commitment to respecting the privacy of individuals affected by armed conflict and other emergencies.

Frequently asked questions

  • The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization. We have a mandate to help and protect people affected by armed conflict and other violence or – as our mission statement puts it – “other situations of violence”. When we talk about other violence, we mean violence that has not reached the threshold of an armed conflict but is carried out by large groups and has consequences in humanitarian terms. This mandate was given to us by states through the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005 and the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement of 1986.

    Our mandate and legal status sets us apart from both intergovernmental organizations (such as the specialized agencies of the United Nations) and non-governmental organizations. This status allows us to function independently of governments and to serve, with complete impartiality, the people most in need of protection and assistance.

  • The ICRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which also comprises 191 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

    The ICRC works closely with National Societies and the IFRC to ensure a concerted, efficient and rapid response to conflict or violence. The Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world.