Who we are

The International Federation is the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 189 member National Societies. We carry out relief operations to assist victims of disasters all over the world, and we contribute to strengthen the capacities of our member National Societies.

Each year around 250 million people are affected by disasters and 13 million people die from infectious diseases. Red Cross and Red Crescent programmes reach an estimated 158 million vulnerable people every year. These figures show the extent of our reach and the scale of our operations.

During emergencies, the need to respond quickly and efficiently is paramount. We are able to do this through our streamlined logistics and procurement services. The information on this portal explains the scope of our activities and provides dedicated information for:

A team you can trust

The International Federation is a world leader in supply chain management, winning the European Supply Chain Excellence Award (ESCA) in 2006. This annual competition recognizes and rewards organizations in Europe that demonstrate excellence in their supply chain activities.

In 2006, the International Federation competed in the ‘public sector and not-for-profit’ category. Our entry outlined how the International Federation’s supply chain operates in a disaster response cycle, with a presentation of its logistics tools and resources, and its global supply chain services. The International Federation not only won the category award, but also received the prestigious title of overall winner of the competition.