Core Humanitarian Standard

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Core Humanitarian Standard

Accountability is at the very core of everything we do in Concern – at all levels, across our 25 countries of operation. From our programmes in Liberia to our headquarters in Ireland, we are committed to achieving the highest possible standards of good governance and accountability.

In recognition of our commitment to accountability, we were certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) in October 2017. We were the first Irish organisation to be certified and the thirteenth humanitarian organisation globally.

What is the CHS?

The CHS is an internationally recognised standard which outlines what good humanitarian action looks like for people affected by crisis, and organisations involved in a response. The standard facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis.

The CHS sets out nine commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide.

What the CHS means to Concern

Concern applies the CHS across all of our work; from emergency response through to recovery, development and advocacy work. Concern was recently spotlighted by CHS Alliance as Member of the Month, reflecting our steadfast commitment to accountability.


Concern’s CHS audit report is available here and on the HQAI website.

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