IFRC

How we operate

A worldwide network with a global capacity

We have a permanent network of logistics units– strategically located in Panama, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi and Las Palmas – that are staffed by logistics specialists. By regionalizing our operational capacity, we have reduced the cost of providing a family kit (blankets, kitchen set, tarpaulins, jerry can, bucket, soap, lamp) from 800 to 200 Swiss francs and the delivery time by 75 per cent.

Consolidated purchasing power

By consolidating orders and sourcing items strategically, we can use large purchase volumes to achieve the most competitive prices.

Flexibility

No request is too large or too complex. Thanks to our global structure, we can satisfy the majority of requests. We can offer standard service packages or we can consider requests for non-standard services that are customized to your requirements.

Quality assurance

Our emergency items catalogue details the exact specifications of over 2,500 relief items, guaranteeing their quality and appropriateness to the people assisted. We also use framework agreements as an effective way of securing the required goods and services at a competitive price, whilst guaranteeing quality, quantity and delivery terms.

Working with partners

We work with partners from the commercial sector to foster mutually beneficial cooperation and reinforce the impact of humanitarian logistics through combined efforts. In 2012, the IFRC entered a partnership agreement with the Airbus Corporate Foundation to collaborate in air transportation and exchange of expertise.

Innovation and best practice

We maintain close links with researchers affiliated with reputable academic institutions to develop case studies, explore and apply best practices and innovative approaches in the field of humanitarian logistics.

Ethical action

We always give strong consideration to the ethical and environmental impact of our work, and we expect the same from the people we do business with.




The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. About this site & copyright