Great organizations are built on sound foundations. The American Red Cross is built on the strengths of the communities we serve and in which we live and operate. We embrace diversity, as it harnesses the power of our collective similarities and differences to deliver on our mission.
We are committed to build and maintain a culture of openness and inclusivity as we leverage the strengths found in the rich diversity of our volunteers, employees, vendors and business and community partners. We value diversity of thinking, backgrounds, experiences and culture. We embrace differences and similarities that can be internal (what we are born with), external (how we were raised and educated), or situational (vocational or lifestyle choices or circumstances). They include, but are not limited to age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, geographic location, economic status, religion, language, educational background, appearance, family or marital status, political affiliation, any other aspect that makes each of us unique and yet universally human.
Our very ability to meet the needs of the people we serve is dependant upon the participation and contribution of diverse volunteers and blood donors. Learn more about blood and diversity.

Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Diversity - humanity
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.
Diversity - Impartiality
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress...
Diversity - Neutrality
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
Diversity - Independence
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
Diversity - Voluntary Service
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
Diversity - Unity
There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
Diversity - Universality
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.