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Governance

Board of Directors

The Luxembourg Red Cross is headed by its Board of Directors, chaired by HRH the Grand Duchess. It consists of ex officio members, determined in the statutes of the Red Cross, as well as appointed members.

Ex-officio members: the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Fernand Etgen, the President of the State Council, Agnès Durdu, the Presidents of the Chambers of Agriculture, Guy Feyder, Commerce, Luc Frieden, Skilled Trades and Crafts, Tom Oberweis and Employees, Nora Back, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer and the Mayor of the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Georges Mischo.

Appointed members: Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess, Pierre Ahlborn, Paul Bach, Germain Becker, Christian Billon, Fernand Bley, Pierre Bley, Michèle Bram, Marianne Breuer-Kohnen, Cosita Delvaux, Valérie Dupong, Jules Geisen, Robert Goerens, Dominique Hansen, Sonja Hoffmann, Danielle Hansen-Koenig, Manou Hoss, Pierre Jaeger, Bob Kneip, Rita Krombach-Meyer, Roland Kuhn, Tom Loesch, Robert Mangen, Daniel Mart, Philipp Müller, Michel Nathan, Reginald Neuman, François Pauly, Franz Prost , Richard Schneider, Benoît Sirot, Florence Taddeï, Gaby Weiler, Michel Wurth. Permanent guest of the Board of Directors: Anne Calteux.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is constituted by the President, two Vice Presidents, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Administrator and a member appointed by the Board of Directors. They are responsible for managing day-to-day business.

The Executive Committee ensures the execution of the decisions of the Board of Directors, monitors all accounting operations and processes and prepares the issues to be submitted to the Board of Directors.

President: Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess, Vice-presidents: Rita Krombach-Meyer and Michel Wurth, Secretary: Daniel Mart, Treasurer: Pierre Ahlborn, Administrator: Pierre Jaeger, Member: Sonja Hoffmann, Permanent guest: Manou Hoss.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee supports the Management Committee and the Executive Committee in their supervisory role. This task includes assessments of:

  • reliability of financial information;
  • effectiveness of internal controls;
  • compliance with laws and regulations;
  • risk management.

As part of its work, the Audit Committee may make recommendations in these areas.

President: Franz Prost, members: Germain Becker, Christian Billon, Tom Loesch, Pierre Jaeger 

Management Committee

The Luxembourg Red Cross and its multiple legal entities are run day-to-day by a Management Committee representing the various sectors of activities of the Luxembourg Red Cross and their support services under the leadership of the Managing Director. It is supported by the greater Management Committee.

The Management Committee reports to the Executive Committee on proposed and current activities and regarding major decisions. Leading the entire organisation and its diverse legal entities, the Management Committee defines the internal management processes and communications management. The directors rely upon the area managers who make up the greater Management Committee. 

Managing Director: Michel Simonis, Deputy Managing Director: Marc Crochet, Finance Director: Martine Buck, Human Resources and Communication Director: Luc Scheer.  

Finance

Financial policy and objective

The Luxembourg Red Cross regularly calls on the generosity of the public in order to finance its activities. These range from international support in regions affected by war or natural catastrophes, to the protection of vulnerable people, to the provision of specialised services such as blood transfusion on a national level.

The Red Cross therefore benefits from donations and bequests from private individuals and corporations. Furthermore, in the frame of their multiple activities, it has signed conventions with the state in order to ensure the funding of the services it provides in the different fields. Some of the services provided are free, some are subsidized and others have a fee.

Numerous volunteers contribute to the financial balance of the organisation, receiving our gratitude in return. Some volunteers are involved in the local sections of the Red Cross (“sections locales de la Croix-Rouge”), and part of their activities include helping us appeal to the generosity of the people. In this way, these volunteers collect a significant part of the donations the Red Cross requires.

In response to the public’s generosity, the Luxembourg Red Cross administers the funds received in the most responsible way and therefore commits itself to providing all information necessary to ensure complete transparency regarding its accounts. The Red Cross makes every effort to ensure optimal use of the funds received, minimizing overhead costs to maximize impact on the ground.

Over time, the Red Cross has accumulated enough wealth to cover a part of the costs and this capital can be considered as a financial cushion. The Luxembourg Red Cross’ wealth is a reserve which must be preserved to face exceptional events such as natural or man-made disasters.

Governance and finances

Responsibilities are clearly distributed in the processing of transactions and asset management. Together with other non-profit and humanitarian organisations, the Luxembourg Red Cross is a signatory of the Code of Good Conduct of the organisations calling on the generosity of the people.

The executive committee is statutorily responsible for business management. It delegates the daily management to a committee of directors. The treasurer, a member of the executive committee, oversees the preparation of financial statements and is responsible for the implementation of the cash management and legacies. The treasurer delegates the operational component to the finance director.

The financial statements of the Luxembourg Red Cross prepared by the finance director are transparent and give true image of the projects of the past year. The accounts are processed in a way which allows an analytical reading of operations.

The executive committee includes a finance committee which proposes general guidelines, manages asset allocations, offers financial guidance, and monitors the implementation of decisions. The finance committee prepares for the executive committee every major decision which needs to be taken, in particular regarding real estate.