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 22 languages - Arabic, Bangla, Bahasa Indonesia, Cebuano, Chinese, English, Filipino (Tagalog), French, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Korean, Myanmar, Nepali, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese. It was first launched in English in Copenhagen on 12 December 2014. 

Organisations are encouraged to translate the CHS into other languages, to help disseminate the document more widely and support humanitarian and development actors around the world. Those wishing to do so should first contact 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 Cebuano language

>> Download the CHS in Chinese

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

>> Download the CHS in Filipino (Tagalog)

>> 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 Japanese

>> Download the CHS in Khmer

>> Download the CHS in Korean

>> Download the CHS in Myanmar

>> Download the CHS in Nepali

>> Download the CHS in Portuguese

>> Download the CHS in Spanish

>> Download the CHS in Swahili

>> Download the CHS in Thai

>> Download the CHS in Turkish

>> Download the CHS in Ukrainian

>> Download the CHS in Urdu

>> Download the CHS in Vietnamese

>> 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
CHS Alliance
Groupe URD
Sphere Project