The Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) can be used as a voluntary code with which to align humanitarian organizational guidelines, or as a basis for verification of performance. The CHS consists of nine commitments, this article highlights the first: making sure humanitarian response is appropriate.Guidelines for Humanitarian ResponseThe CHS is a set of nine commitments for humanitarian organizations, communities and people affected by crisis. It states what people can expect from organizations and individuals delivering humanitarian assistance. The contents of the CHS are based on nine commitments, each supported by a quality criterion that indicates how humanitarian organizations and staff should be working to meet it.The first commitment is about making sure humanitarian response is appropriate. Like every other commitment in the CHS, it consists of supporting quality criteria, key actions which should be undertaken to fulfill the commitment and organizational responsibilities to support the consistent and systematic implementation of the key actions throughout the organization.