Our standards

Prepared for Humanitarian Challenges

Just as in other areas of life such as healthcare or food production, there are international quality standards that apply to humanitarian aid and make the impact of such assistance measurable. For over 20 years, these have been collated in the Sphere handbook for humanitarian workers and actors.

The Sphere Handbook has been utilised as a practical guide and support for humanitarian aid workers in emergency and disaster relief situations worldwide since the end of the 1990s, and is continually being updated in light of ever increasing humanitarian challenges. Johanniter staff members were involved in the last editions. Our Johanniter Public Health Advisor Dr. Oliver Hoffmann is one of the Sphere Focal Points in Germany.

Johanniter International Assistance is committed to the principles of the Do-No-Harm approach, the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross, the Sphere Principles and Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS). Johanniter is also a member of the Logistics Cluster, the global security forum gisf and the German WASH Network. We adhere to the standards of the Initiative Transparent Civil Society and are holders of the DZI Seal-of-Approval for donations.


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Internal Supervisory Bodies and Committees

The internal audit department of Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe scrutinises all areas of the organisation's work at home and abroad, monitoring the use of grants and donations to ensure the process is transparent and in line with statutory requirements. It reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of the internal control system to guard against corruption. In addition, it checks compliance with internal guidelines and regulations.

Transparency and Accountability

Our aim is to provide our supporting members, donors and all other related groups with an up-to-date and realistic picture of our work.