Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement

Voluntary Service

‘It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire
for gain’

Altruism does not exclude appropriate remuneration. To ensure that a voluntary organization is effective, it requires efficient, slimline, professional structures. The voluntary service of the employees of Red Cross organizations lies in the preparedness to place themselves out of free personal conviction entirely at the service of people in need.

The Red Cross carries out its work with the greatest personal quality, commitment and modesty. Voluntary service never means a lack of professionalism. Regardless of whether it is as a full-time job, a part-time job, or without any remuneration, the voluntary work is always professional and sustained by a personal commitment.