The CHS: A global standard grounded in local realities

The Draft of the updated CHS is online! For more information, please go to the Revision Page.

The CHS sets out Nine Commitments that organisations can and should  make to people affected by crises or situations of vulnerability to deliver quality, effective and accountable support and assistance. As a core standard, the CHS describes the essential elements of principled, accountable and high-quality support and assistance.

Together, the Nine Commitments provide a coherent and integrated accountability framework to help organisations assess and measure and continuously improve their performance and accountability towards the people and communities they support.

The CHS was developed through an extensive consultation process that involved people and communities affected by crisis, aid workers and experts, national and international aid organisations and networks, and governments.  

Since its launch in 2014, the CHS has become a key reference in the aid sector. Hundreds of organisations use the CHS to guide and orient their work with growing evidence that it has driven improvements for those organisations that consistently apply it as part of their work. The CHS has also shaped and influenced global efforts to strengthen and improve quality and accountability in the sector.


Read the 2014 standard here



Putting crisis-affected people at the centre
Putting crisis-affected people at the centre

P-FIM training participants listen to a group of pregnant women, girl mothers, women's associations and survivors of SBBV in North Kivu, DRC.

Credit: Johanniter

Save the Children is embedding the CHS as our guiding standard within emergency response. Above all, we wish to place accountability to children as the driving force behind everything we do.
Richard Cobb, Evidence and Impact Advisor, Save the Children
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project