We are the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

We are a neutral, independent organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other violence. 

Who we are

Our global impact


staff at headquarters and in the field


countries with operational offices


of donations go directly to the field


years on the side of humanity

Neutral, impartial and independent: On the side of humanity

Our commitment, transparency and accountability to the people we serve

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: the world’s largest humanitarian network

From our president

ICRC President

It’s time to elevate the laws of war to a political priority.

Mirjana Spoljaric President, ICRC

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.