Statement from ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord
Is the International Committee of the Red Cross serious about the issue of sexual misconduct by its personnel? That is the question being asked by current and former ICRC colleagues who know as well as anyone that our organization, like others in the humanitarian sector, must confront this behaviour.
I want to assure everyone that the answer is: Yes, we are absolutely serious. There is no place for any form of discrimination, harassment or abuse in this organization.
I must also accept that this is a moment of deep humility for us, as we endeavour to assess the scope of this problem and address failings.
I want to tell you what action we have taken in recent years, where we stand today and how the organization will deal with this issue going forward.
First, know this: We are committed to strengthening our mechanisms to deal with any breaches of the ICRC’s Code of Conduct, and to building an inclusive and diverse internal culture where everyone is respected.