As an organization that firmly believes in the “do-no-harm” principle, we understand the importance of sustainability and are dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy through our supply chain operations. To address this, in 2020 the Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (SSCA) project kicked off, led by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Our commitment to sustainability

By signing the Environmental and Climate Change Charter, the ICRC logistics committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. This commitment covers both direct and indirect emissions, as well as the proper management of hazardous waste. With the Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (SSCA) project we aim to integrate the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) into the supply chain of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


Sustainable operations

To turn sustainable ideas into reality, we need to work together to find pragmatic solutions to our commitments.  In ICRC logistics, our focus is always on solutions that minimize our environmental impact. We strive to reduce waste, optimize transportation routes, and improve energy efficiency in our operations. By implementing sustainable practices, we can contribute to a greener future and ensure the long-term viability of our work. Take a look at the key initiatives towards increasing sustainability in ICRC operations.

Humanitarian Carbon Calculator

The Humanitarian Carbon Calculator (HCC) is a tool developed in collaboration with over 100 humanitarian organizations, experts, and ECHO. It provides a methodology for estimating greenhouse gas emissions specific to the humanitarian sector, following an international standard (the GHG Protocol). By using the HCC, organizations can measure their emissions and take steps to reduce their impact on the climate and environment. The HCC has been piloted by 10 organizations and offers resources to guide organizations through the carbon accounting process, including the necessary steps, data requirements, and key strategies for emission reduction. Visit this page to learn more.

Join us in our sustainability journey!

We believe that collaboration is key to achieving sustainability goals. The SSCA project involves various stakeholders both within and outside the ICRC, working together to develop tools, knowledge, training, and supporting guidelines to help us reach our common goal of a sustainable supply chain.

Explore the resources and initiatives mentioned above to learn more about our sustainability efforts. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to our sustainability journey, please feel free to contact Carmen Garcia Duro [].

Together, let’s make a positive impact on the environment, society, and economy through sustainable supply chain practices.



Our field colleagues work hard to implement sustainability aspects in their local supply chain, and the results are more than 40 best practices for making our supply chain more sustainable.