1. Introduction

This chapter outlines the overarching principles and values that guide CARE’s involvement in all of our work. Every part of CARE, including CARE International Members, COs and individual staff, is responsible for upholding this policy in our work.

CARE’s vision, mission and Humanitarian Mandate Statement set CARE’s highest level internal policy for our humanitarian actions. These are supported by Chapter 4 Emergency management protocols, specific policies outlined at Chapter 5 Key policy issues, and the guidelines and tools provided in the complete CARE Emergency Toolkit. These elements combine to form CARE’s internal humanitarian policy framework. CARE’s internal policy framework is informed by and aligned with international principles, laws and standards for humanitarian action (see section 6).