The Cultural Heritage At Risk Database (CHARD) is a foundation to protect the world’s cultural heritage, especially moveable objects that may be at risk.
To address the theft and illicit trafficking of cultural property, CHARD proactively registers 'at risk' objects that are stored at museums, warehouses, archaeological and religious sites, archives and depositories onto a due diligence database. This is to ensure that if registered items are subsequently lost or stolen, they can be identified if offered for sale on the international art market or if investigated by law enforcement.
CHARD's registration projects are free-of-charge, and registered objects will be kept confidential and secure on the leading due diligence database in the art market, the Art Loss Register. No art dealer or auction house has direct access to the database. This service is offered to complement the hard work of the museum professionals and archaeologists who painstakingly record these objects in the first place, as well as those who risk their lives every day to protect them.
CHARD was initiated as a pro-bono project by the Art Loss Register in 2015, and has been registered as a stichting/foundation in the Netherlands since 2023.