The Standard

The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (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. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.

As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality humanitarian action. Humanitarian organisations may use it as a voluntary code with which to align their own internal procedures. It can also be used as a basis for verification of performance.

The CHS is now available in Arabic, Bangla, Bahasa Indonesia, English, French, Haitian Crole, Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Urdu. It was first launched in English in Copenhagen on 12 December 2014. The Spanish launch took place in Bogota on 18 February 2015 and was followed by the French launch in Paris on 19 March 2015. The CHS will be available in other key languages in coming months.

Organisations are encouraged to translate the CHS into other languages, to help disseminate the document more widely. Those wishing to do so should first contact info@corehumanitarianstandard.org for more information and approval from the CHS communications team. 

>> Download the CHS in Arabic    Download the CHS in Arabic as a landscape spread

>> Download the CHS in Bahasa Indonesia

>> Download the CHS in Bangla

>> Download the CHS in English   Download and print the CHS in English as a booklet

>> Download the CHS in French  Download and print the CHS in French as a booklet

>> Download the CHS in Haitian Creole

>> Download the CHS in Khmer

>> Download the CHS in Korean

>> Download the CHS in Nepali

>> Download the CHS in Spanish

>> Download the CHS in Thai

>> Download the CHS in Turkish

>> Download the CHS in Ukrainian

>> Download the CHS in Urdu

>> Find out more about the CHS consultation process

Guided testing - Turkey
Guided testing - Turkey Zeynep M. Turkmen Sanduvac from Turkey, Mavi Kalem Social Assistance & Charity Association, delivered a CHS testing process orientation workshop with staff from Support To Life in Sanliurfa. Zeynep coordinated guided testing of the CHS between Mavi Kalem and Support To Life.
Credit:  Zeynep M. Turkmen Sanduvac, Mavi Kalem
The CHS is our standard; the tool we will use to show that we build quality processes into our work; to minimise the efforts we put into reporting and upwards accountability and maximise the time we have to build relationships with affected people.
Richard Cobb, Evidence and Impact Advisor, Merlin/Save the Children