Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.
December 2014: Lidl, the world's second largest discount supermarket, made a commitment to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its textile production by 1 January, 2020.
November 2014: The world's largest electronics retailer, Best Buy, announced major improvements to its paper supply chain to better protect Canada's Boreal Forest, one of the lungs of our planet and a vital buffer against climate change. During the busiest shopping time of the year Best Buy committed to stronger purchasing standards, paying particular attention to endangered forests and human rights. The move comes less than two weeks into a Greenpeace campaign that mobilized over 52,000 supporters across North America.
October 2014: Just 48 hours after we revealed the toxic-truth behind their products, German retailer Tchibo has joined the ranks of companies committed to Detox. Tchibo has promised to make sure its products are toxic-free, beginning with clothes and shoes, but eventually extending to cover everything from frying pans to electronics! What's more, alongside committing to transform itself into a toxic-free champion, Tchibo has agreed to start developing 'closed-loop' production - tackling the very way its products are made.
October 2014: After more than one million people respond to Greenpeace's Save the Arctic campaign LEGO ends its 50 year link with Shell. On it's website, LEGO published a statement committing to 'not renew the co-promotion contract with Shell'.
During Greenpeace's three month campaign, over a million people signed a petition calling on LEGO to stop promoting Shell's brand because of its plans to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic. In stark contrast to Shell, LEGO's policies include a commitment to produce more renewable energy than they use, phase out oil in their products and, in cooperation with its partners, leave a better world for future generations. And that's kind of a big deal.
February 2014: Budget giant Primark becomes the 20th major clothing company to commit to Detox - agreeing to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 1 January 2020. From luxury houses like Burberry and Valentino to retailers like Primark, this latest victory shows how big brands are listening to the global calls for fashion without pollution and taking steps to create a toxic-free future.
January 2014: British luxury brand Burberry made a commitment to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 1 January 2020. Burberry's move comes after just two weeks of people-powered campaigning on the brand's social media channels, reaching an audience of millions, while Greenpeace volunteers held protests at stores from Beijing to Mexico City. Burberry joins 18 big brands like Zara, Valentino and H&M who have committed to Detox their clothes and manufacturing processes.
May 2013: Greenpeace applauds a decision from New Zealand fishing brand Sealord to remove a destructing fishing method from its supply chain of canned skipjack tuna by early 2014 and urges the wider industry to follow suit. Sealord's announcement is of great significance to the international Greenpeace campaign for sustainable tuna fishing and means all the big Australasian tuna brands have committed to phase out FAD-caught tuna.
March 2013: The Supreme Court in Scotland denied Cairn Energy a permanent injunction against Greenpeace International following a Greenpeace UK protest at Cairn's headquarters in July 2011.
March 2013: VW have caved in to pressure from across the globe and announced they will meet and support climate targets. VW has now publicly agreed to live up to its promises to be the world's greenest car company, setting an example for the rest of the industry.
January 2013: The biggest global fashion brand based in Asia, Uniqlo, and its parent company Fast Retailing Group, today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire global supply chain and products by 2020, in response to Greenpeace’s global Detox campaign.
December 2012: The world’s largest denim brand, Levi’s, committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s global Detox campaign.
December 2012: One of Australia’s leading canned fish manufacturer, John West (Simplot) has pledged to stop using destructive fishing methods that needlessly kill sharks, rays, baby tuna and turtles. The commitment means that John West will phase out the use of highly destructive and wasteful Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) used with purse seine nets by 2015.
December 2012: The government of South Korea has abandoned its plans to begin a ‘scientific’ whaling operation, a significant step forward in global efforts to protect whale populations. The proposed hunt would have caught minke whales for commercial purposes under the thin veil of scientific research. More than 100,000 people from around the world sent messages in the last month to the South Korean prime minister, asking him to call off the hunt.
December 2012: Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has abandoned its plans for deep sea oil drilling off the coast of New Zealand. The world's third largest oil company has decided to return its exploration licenses for deep sea oil and gas prospects to the government, effectively abandoning its plans for deep sea drilling in New Zealand.
November 2012: The world’s largest fashion retailer Zara – and parent company Inditex – today committed to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout its entire supply chain and products by 2020, following public pressure in response to Greenpeace’s Detox campaign. Zara becomes the eighth brand to commit to eliminate releases of all hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chains and products since Greenpeace launched its Detox campaign in 2011. As a part of the commitment Zara is reinforcing the ban on APEOs, and pledges to set further short-term elimination timelines for other priority hazardous chemicals, including PFCs. Most notably, Zara will now require at least 20 suppliers to start releasing pollution discharge data by the end of March 2013, and at least 100 suppliers by the end of 2013.
October 2012: M&S becomes the seventh brand to make a credible commitment to clean up its supply chain and products and eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals, joining Puma, Nike, Adidas, H&M, C&A and Li-Ning. More brands need to respond to the urgency of the situation and take ambitious action to rid the fashion world and our precious water supplies of toxic chemicals.
September 2012: Australian Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced a ban on the Margiris super trawler for up to two years and further scientific investigations before boats like this are approved. Burke acknowledged overwhelming public concern in reaching this significant decision. Congratulations to the thousands of passionate Australians, community and environmental groups and fishing groups who stopped the Margiris from destroying Australia‘s oceans.
Greenpeace also congratulated the Gillard government for showing the courage to prevent the Abel Tasman super trawler fishing in Australia's waters. Greenpeace hailed it as a victory for the Australian community which has united to reject this monster ship. The decision also sends a message to the global super-sized fishing fleets that world community opposition is growing to their unsustainable business model.
August 2012: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has denied the complaint by Neste Oil over Greenpeace spoof site. The WIPO panel declared that Greenpeace may use the domains www.nestespoil.com and www.nestespoilreturns.com to criticize Neste Oil’s use of palm oil as biofuel. The WIPO panel confirmed that non commercial criticism is part of the freedom of expression. According to the panel Greenpeace did not use the sites to unnecessarily tarnish Neste Oil. In similar cases even harsh criticism has not been considered as tarnishing. The Panel concluded that Greenpeace had been using the sites to raise legitimate environmental concerns for non-commercial purpose.
July 2012: You may remember earlier this year we bought 18 tea products at random from nine tea companies in China, and after sending the samples to be tested discovered that a whopping 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide banned for use on tea. Well guess what? Two of the outed tea companies, Tenfu (天福茗茶) and Anxi Tieguanyin Group (安溪铁观音集团ATG), have agreed to your demands for pesticide use reduction and setting up traceability systems for their supply chain.
July 2012: KFC bosses in Kentucky remain silent on whether it will cut forest destruction out of its supply chain globally, it looks like one country has gotten tired of waiting for headquarters to respond to our campaign. Following a first meeting between KFC Indonesia and Greenpeace, KFC Indonesia has issued a statement to address the issues of deforestation in its supply chain and declared its decision to suspend purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) at this time.
July 2012: Greenpeace has reacted with delight at the cancellation of $100 million in public funds to a proposed HRL dirty coal-fired power station and is calling on the owners of the project to withdraw their proposal altogether. Last year, Greenpeace activists placed a 200-metre long banner across the site of the proposed HRL power station, calling on the Prime Minister to live up to her word that “no more dirty coal-fired power stations would be built in Australia”. Greenpeace also partnered with Environment Victoria, Quit Coal and other environment groups to build a petition of over 12,000 people calling for HRL’s Commonwealth funding to be withdrawn and given to renewable energy.
May 2012: For over a year, Greenpeace campaigned intensively for the cancellation of Senegalese fishing authorizations. These licenses constituted a serious threat to the livelihoods of millions of Senegalese who depend on the ocean’s resources for their jobs and food security. Organizing a travelling caravan called "My voice, my future," that engaged artisanal fishermen across the country, launching an online petition, meeting with politicians, and organizing an ship tour to expose and document overfishing in Senegalese waters, were some of the actions Greenpeace took to achieve this result. So it was with joy that we learned of the Senegalese government's decision to cancel the fishing authorizations issued to 29 foreign pelagic trawlers in West African waters.
April 2012: Danone has released a statement confirming its plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The statement also confirms that the company intends to develop a zero deforestation policy, which will cover all of the commodities it buys that could be linked to deforestation. Danone joins the likes of Nestle, Kraft, Unilever, Adidas and many more who have already dropped APP.
March 2012: Thanks to campaigning by Greenpeace and our supporters, leading Italian tuna brand Mareblu has decided to abandon destructive fishing methods in favour of sustainable practices by agreeing to source tuna only from pole and line and FAD free purse seining operations by the end of 2016. The move is a huge victory for our Tonno in trappolacampaign and is a significant first shift in the Italian tinned tuna market. Mareblu has shown that when a company really wants to commit to taking action to save our oceans, it can do it. Now that the standard has been set, there can be no more excuses - all other major brands and retailers must follow.
February 2012: Edison International announced that they would shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal plants. After ten years of gritty and determined grassroots work, communities in Chicago triumphed over the corporate polluter in their back yard. On the same day, citizens in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania celebrated the announcement that Houston-based GenOn would shut an additional 7 plants, including the Portland Generating Station where Greenpeace worked with NJ and PA residents to demand clean air for their community.
February 2012: The countless hours spent scouring legal documents, appearing in court and enduring what must have been trying exchanges with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) by our awesome lawyers at Ecojustice has all paid off. The longtime legal case came to a close in a precedent setting victory for B.C.'s threatened and endangered resident killer whales. After years of facing threat after threat, and population declines, these iconic creatures certainly needed a win. The Federal Court of Appeal upheld the 2010 ruling that guaranteed the protection of killer whale habitat by law under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Appeal Court’s ruling was an uncommonly strong judgment, and a controversial one for DFO after the court awarded Greenpeace costs noting that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans' behaviour had been "worthy of rebuke."
May 2011 A year after the signing and announcement of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), there has been significant progress on implementation. Signed May 18, 2010, the historic agreement brought together Greenpeace and eight other environmental groups and 21 forest companies in the Forest Products Association of Canada and created a truce in the long-standing conflict between environmental groups and the forest industry. The CBFA commits both to protecting more of Canada’s Boreal Forest and reinvigorating the forest industry based on sustainable forest management. More
May 2011 Greenpeace Canada today urged the newly elected Harper government to learn from a new UN report on renewable energy and shift its policy from providing subsidies to the tar sands to investing in green energy.
This month in Abu Dhabi, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) released a Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources (SRREN) which found that just two per cent of viable renewable energy sources could provide up to 80 per cent of world energy demand by 2050 with currently available technologies. More
February 2011: Costco Canada officially released an updated sustainable seafood policy and removed various Redlist species from sale in the U.S. and in Canada. This marks the last of Canada's major supermarket chains to commit to moving away from selling seafood out of stock and instead helping to ensure greener seafood choices for their customers. More
December 2010 Tides Canada has recognized Greenpeace and the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) as one of its “top ten” initiatives for 2010. The top ten list includes “Canada’s most innovative and forward-thinking initiatives. They inspire people to take action, to think in new ways and to make the world a better place.” More
September 2010 Longtime Greenpeace campaigner Janos Maté is honoured with the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Montreal Protocol Award for his work with Greenpeace to protect the ozone layer and climate over the past 18 years. The award ceremony took place at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C More
September 2010 Greenpeace today released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s energy potential that challenges the need for dirty oil from the tar sands and shows that Canada can create tens of thousands of green jobs, while providing over 90 per cent of the country’s electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050. More
May 2010: Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan - as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands - by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction. More
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May 2010: The biggest, most ambitious forest conservation deal ever is announced: The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. After more than seven years of hard-fought campaigning to end the on-going destruction of Canada's Boreal Forest, Greenpeace and eight other non-governmental organisations have agreed to a truce with the logging industry. More
February 2010: Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, stops selling four Redlist species: sharks, skates, orange roughy and Patagonian toothfish (Chilean sea bass). This comes eight months after announcing a sustainable seafood policy. Loblaw emphasizes the need to protect the oceans by putting out empty seafood trays for the species it no longer sells with signs explaining they are at risk.
November 2009: Safeway Canada cuts the number of species on the Redlist it sells in half, removing six of 12: Arctic surf clams, orange roughy, Patagonian toothfish (Chilean sea bass), shark, skates and rays and swordfish.
August 2009 Canada's precious Boreal Forest is better conserved today. So are ancient forests around the world. At a joint news conference in Washington DC, Greenpeace and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the world’s largest tissue-product manufacturer, announced an historic agreement that will ensure greater protection and sustainable management of Canada's Boreal Forest. The agreement also will stand out as a model for forest-products companies worldwide.More
June 2009: Overwaitea Food Group removes Redlist species from sale. The grocery chain no longer sells shark, orange roughy, yellowfin tuna and swordfish. This delisting coincides with Overwaitea’s release of a sustainable seafood policy to eliminate Redlist species as a crucial element in sustainable seafood procurement.
May 2009: Loblaw releases a sustainable seafood policy.
May 2009: The salvage operation of the wreckage in Robson Bight Ecological Reserve is completed, almost two years after a barge carrying logging equipment tipped its load into the ocean releasing diesel fuel into the reserve. More
March 2009: The Great Bear Rainforest protection agreement comes into force, capping one of Greenpeace’s longest running campaigns by protecting an area half the size of Switzerland from logging. More
June 2008: The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts a resolution aimed at avoiding the use of high carbon fuels. The mayors’ resolution discourages the more than 850 participating U.S. cities from purchasing oil derived from the tar sands operations in Alberta.
Feb. 7, 2006: The B.C. government announces an agreement that ensures the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest.
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2001: A historic agreement related to Canada’s remaining coastal rainforest is reached with logging companies. It includes deferrals in logging of over 100 pristine valleys, protection of rainforest areas, and an ongoing process to reform logging practices according to the principles of ecosystem-based management. This agreement is endorsed by the government of B.C.
1998: Logging giant MacMillan Bloedel announces it will phase out clearcut logging activities in B.C.
1982: European Council bans import of seal pup skins in response to public criticism triggered by Greenpeace actions in Canada.
Below are just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.
July 2011 Berne-Motzen, Germany — A revolutionary mast system was raised today on the new Greenpeace flagship ship Rainbow Warrior III, at the Fassmer shipyard near Bremen.The mast raising marks a key milestone in the ship’s construction and coincides with 26th anniversary of the sinking of first Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand. The French secret service bombed the first Rainbow Warrior, killing one person, in Auckland, New Zealand on July 10 1985. Greenpeace acquired the second Rainbow Warrior in 1987 and it has been in operation since 1989. More
July 2011 Greenpeace has released a report in Australia on a controversy surrounding trials across that country of genetically modified wheat that will lead to testing on humans. The national science body in Australia, CSIRO, has approved the world’s first human feeding trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat, despite serious health, economic and environmental risks. More
July 2011 Lego has become the first major toy company to announce plans to remove deforestation from its supply chain.This move is a result of the Greenpeace campaign to persuade the toy industry to stop using rainforest destruction in its packaging. Greenpeace launched the campaign last month with an action at the California headquarters of toy company Mattel. More
June 2011 The German parliament has voted overwhelmingly to phase out all nuclear plants by 2022. The vote calls for the immediate shutting down of eight nuclear power stations and a gradual shut down of the remaining nine reactors. More
June 2011 The toy sector is responding to Greenpeace’s Indonesia forest campaign. It’s been a busy few days since the latest phase of our campaign to stop deforestation in Indonesia got underway. There are now signs that both Mattel and Lego are preparing to make changes in the way they buy their packaging. More
June 2011 People Have the Power! Italy says YES to a nuclear energy free future! Berlusconi's Italy is a strange place and amidst the madness today comes a little no nukes sanity. The people were asked and the people have spoken: Italy should have a nuclear power free future. This is great news and I cannot help singing the old Patty Smith's song: this is a great day and it's time to celebrate. More
June 2011 In less than 72 hours more than 700,000 people have viewed an online spoof video featuring the moment Ken discovers that Barbie is involved in rainforest destruction, and almost 200,000 have swamped Mattel’s offices with emails complaining about the company’s use of products from Indonesian rainforests to package toys like Barbie. More
May 2011 Major European investment funds and banks today spoke out against Statoil’s contentious presence in the Alberta tar sands by supporting a motion at the company’s AGM in Norway and citing economic and sustainability concerns. More
March 2011 Greenpeace Argentina recently took on Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold to challenge the company on its efforts to block application of a new law to protect glaciers in Argentina. The action against Barrick Gold came just weeks before the annual convention in Toronto of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada—being held this year from March 6 to 9. The mining types will talk about mineral outlook, exploration tax incentives and China’s spree of buying up commodities. More
February 2011 Greenpeace is demanding that Japan’s government finally end its commercial whaling program and re-open an investigation into corruption scandals inside the industry, following today’s announcement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that it has recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean. The recall marks the fleet’s shortest season ever. The whale hunt started in early December and ended today. Normally the Japanese whaling fleet is at sea from November until April. More
January 2011 Kaoshiung, Taiwan - A blacklisted tuna factory ship was blocked from leaving port today by Greenpeace climbers from the Rainbow Warrior. They locked themselves to the anchor chain while campaigners called on Taiwan's Fisheries Agency to investigate the ship’s owners, who are in apparent breach of Taiwan’s laws.More
December 2010: 80,000 Hectares of Finnish Forest protected in Landmark deal. More
October 2010 Our oceans are an absolute marvel - but they are also in a deep, deep crisis. If we don’t act fast, our oceans will continue to deteriorate and vital food sources and essential functions provided to our planet and its people by the oceans could be lost forever. Since healthy oceans underpin our very survival, Greenpeace is today releasing an “Emergency Oceans Rescue Plan” aimed at world leaders, which sets out the best way to save our oceans- something that can and should be done at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which takes place later this month in Japan. More
August 2010 Our activists are suspended 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. They have taken up position on the drilling rig Stena Don to call for a ban on deep sea oil drilling in the Arctic, and demand that ‘wild cat’ oil company Cairn energy stop drilling, pack up and go home. The banner? “Hands off the Arctic, go beyond oil!” More
July 2010: Following a ten-year Greenpeace campaign, Europe bans the trade in illegal timber - a great leap forward in the struggle to protect the world's forests and climate. More
May 2010 Sweet success: A big 'Thank You!' to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported our two-month Kit Kat campaign by e-mailing Nestlé, calling them, or spreading the campaign message via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles. This morning, Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan - as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands - by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction.More
Nestlé agrees to stop purchasing palm-oil from sources which destroy Indonesian rainforests. The decision caps eight weeks of massive pressure from consumers via social media and non-violent direct action by Greenpeace activists as the company concedes to the demands of a global campaign against its Kit Kat brand. MoreRead the success story
February 2010: Indian computer manufacturer Wipro announces the launch of a PVC- and BFR-free computer after several years of pressure by Greenpeace on tech companies to provide toxics-free electronics.
November 2009: Household chemical giant Clorox announces a phase-out of the use and transport of dangerous chlorine gas in the U.S., bowing to years of pressure on the industry from Greenpeace. More
Oct. 21, 2009: Apple clears the last hurdle to removing toxic PVC plastic in its MacBook and iMac computers, capping Greenpeace’s Green my Apple campaign with a win. More
Oct. 7, 2009: Plans to build the Kingsnorth coal power plant, what would have been the first new plant in the U.K. in 20 years, are shelved following a three-year campaign by Greenpeace. More
Aug. 5, 2009: In a tremendous victory for ancient forests, Kimberly-Clark announces a policy that places it among the industry leaders in sustainability. The announcement brings the five-year Greenpeace Kleercut campaign to a successful completion.
Aug. 25, 2009: After seven years of Greenpeace pressure, Finnish government-owned logging company Metsähallitus agrees to leave the tall trees of the old-growth forests of northern Lapland standing, sustaining the livelihood of the Sámi people.
April 15, 2009: Germany announces it will become the sixth EU country to ban the cultivation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn — the only GE crop that can be commercially grown in the region.
March 12, 2009: The construction of an open-pit coal mine in Poland, where Greenpeace set up a Climate Rescue Station in December 2008, is suspended, stopping around 50 million tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.
February 2009: Following a six-month Quit Coal campaign by Greenpeace, the Greek minister of development states the government is not considering coal or nuclear power as part of Greece’s energy future. Instead, it will promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Feb. 26 2009: Electronics giant Philips bows to pressure from Greenpeace and consumers and becomes a leader in environmentally friendly take-back policies for electronic waste.
Sept. 10, 2008: Six Greenpeace U.K. volunteers are acquitted of criminal damage by a Crown Court jury in a landmark case that centred on the contribution made to climate change by burning coal. The charges arose after the six attempted to shut down the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station in Kent in 2007 by scaling the chimney. More
Aug. 5, 2008: After our campaign in the 1990s against toxic PVC, the U.S. belatedly follows Europe’s lead of outlawing toxic PVC in children’s toys.
July 9, 2008: Ferrero becomes the latest large palm oil user to change its position to support a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for palm oil plantations. More
May 15, 2008: After three weeks of actions, a popular spoof advert and 115,000 online signatures, Unilever changes its position to support a moratorium on cutting down trees in Indonesia for palm oil plantations.
March 14, 2008: After a campaign in Argentina, the government announces a ban on energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs. More
Dec. 12, 2007: The World Bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, decides to sell its equity stake in Olam International Limited. Olam’s involvement in illegal timber trade was first detailed in our Carving up the Congo report. More
Dec. 6, 2007: The Irish government announces the EU’s first ban on energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs.
Nov. 25, 2007: Together with other environmental groups, Greenpeace gets 1.5 million signatures of support and pushes through Argentina’s first federal forest protection law.
May 26, 2007: After four years of Greenpeace campaigning to bring an end to deep-sea bottom trawling, representatives from countries around the world gathered in Chile to carve out a fisheries agreement for the South Pacific region, protecting it from this destructive fishing method.
May 2, 2007: Apple announces a phase-out of the most dangerous chemicals in its product line in response to a Webby-award winning online campaign by Greenpeace and Apple fans worldwide. The campaign challenged Apple to become a green leader in addressing the electronic waste problem. More
March 7, 2007: The New Zealand government announces cancellation of proposed coal-burning power plant Marsden B in Northland. For four years, Greenpeace challenged the plan. The struggle included a nine-day occupation, high court challenges, protests, a record number of public submissions and a pirate radio station. More
Feb. 15, 2007: The High Court rules the U.K. government’s decision to back a program of new nuclear power stations was unlawful on the basis that the government had failed to adequately consult citizens and groups who oppose nuclear power. More
Sept. 27, 2006: Estonia launches an investigation into the Probo Koala following three days of blockade by Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise. It is the first official action against the ship, which poisoned thousands and killed eight in the Ivory Coast when it dumped a cargo of toxic waste that had been refused by the Netherlands. The ship sailed to Estonia unhindered until Greenpeace took action.
July 25, 2006: McDonald’s agrees to stop selling chicken fed on soya grown in newly deforested areas of the Amazon rainforest and becomes instrumental in getting other food companies to also sign a zero deforestation policy. Pressure from the companies forces their suppliers to agree to a two-year moratorium on buying soya from newly deforested areas.
June 26, 2006: Dell promise to remove the worst toxic chemicals from it products, closely following the move of its rival Hewlett-Packard. Greenpeace pressured both companies to make their products greener and help tackle toxic e-waste.
May 31, 2006: Spain confirms the country’s eight operating nuclear power plants will be phased out in favour of clean, renewable energy.
April 3, 2006: Seafood suppliers Gorton’s, Sealord and parent company Nissui withdraw their support for Japanese whaling after months of pressure by Greenpeace. More March 9, 2006: Electronics giant Hewlett-Packard commits to a phase-out plan for a range of hazardous chemicals in its products.
March 9, 2006: Electronics giant Hewlett-Packard commits to a phase-out plan for a range of hazardous chemicals in its products.
Feb. 16, 2006: France recalls its asbestos-laden warship Clemenceau, which it had planned to dump on India, following Greenpeace actions.
Feb. 14, 2006: An area twice the size of Belgium (6.4 million hectares) is given greater protection in the Amazon after a Brazilian presidential decree.
Jan. 13, 2006: Cyberactivists convince a major Nissui client in Argentina not to buy from a corporation involved in the killing of whales.
Nov. 28, 2005: The Swiss vote no in a referendum to determine whether genetically engineered crops and animals can be grown in the alpine nation over the course of five years.
Nov. 24, 2005: Buenos Aires announces plans to implement a zero waste policy after a campaign by Greenpeace in Argentina.
Oct. 27, 2005: Celebrities support tips the balance in favour of protecting the forests of northern Argentina after a long fight by Greenpeace and the indigenous Wichi people.
Oct. 4, 2005: Electronics giant Motorola and health and body care companies L’Occitane, Melvitacosm and Alqvimia drop the most toxic chemicals from their products.
Aug. 17, 2005: Electronics giant LG announces it is eliminating toxic chemicals from its entire consumer electronics range.
July 5, 2005: European Parliament bans toy manufacturers from using six toxic chemicals.
April 29, 2005: Sony Ericsson announces it will be phasing out the use of toxic chemicals in its products. This is the result of thousands of participants in our online action to pressure electronics companies to come clean.
March 22, 2005: Photocopy giant Xerox agrees to stop buying timber pulp from StoraEnso, the Finnish national logging company, and agrees to a sustainable procurement policy following pressure by Greenpeace cyberactivists.
Nov. 11, 2004: The Brazilian government creates two protective reserves in the Amazon totalling two million hectares following years of campaigning by Greenpeace.
Nov. 4, 2004: Biotech giant Bayer pulls out of genetically engineered research in India after sustained pressure from Greenpeace.
Oct. 29, 2004: MQ Publications becomes the first U.K. publisher to collaborate with the Greenpeace Book Campaign, committing to phasing out paper that’s not ancient forest friendly. MQ Publications also publicly challenges all U.K. publishers to follow suit.
Oct. 29, 2004: Greenpeace efforts to achieve tighter controls on the notorious shipbreaking industry result in an international agreement between 163 nations to treat obsolete ships as waste.
Oct. 22, 2004: Russia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol, putting the global climate protection agreement over the threshold required to become international law.
Sept. 30, 2004: Cyberactivists in Japan halt introduction of recycling-unfriendly and unreturnable plastic bottles when beer manufacture Asahi bows to citizen pressure.
Sept. 1, 2004: Ford Europe announce a reversal of the decision to scrap its fleet of fuel efficient electric Th!nK City cars. Pressure applied by Greenpeace and cyberactivists convinced Ford to Th!nk Again.
July 20, 2004: Queensland Energy Resources announce the end to the Stuart Shale Oil Project in Australia against which Greenpeace campaigned.
June 22, 2004: Unilever, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s promise to phase out climate-killing chemicals in their refrigeration equipment.
June 17, 2004: Electronics giant Samsung announces plans to phase out hazardous chemicals in its products after its brand-name products were graded red — as containing hazardous chemicals — on the Greenpeace database.
June 1, 2004: Iceland steps back from plans to kill 500 minke, sei and fin whales over two years, announcing a quota of only 25 minkes for the year. Greenpeace web activists fuelled domestic opposition by gathering 50,000 worldwide signatures to a pledge to visit Iceland if the government would stop whaling.
May 11, 2004: Monsanto announces it will suspend further development and open field trials of its genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” wheat.
April 2, 2004: The UN International Maritime Organisation designates the Baltic Sea as a “Particularly Sensitive Sea Area,” a decision for which Greenpeace advocated for years.
March 31, 2004: Following the controversial U.K. government approval of genetically engineered corn for commercial planting, the only company authorized to grow it withdraws its application.
Feb. 18, 2004: The Stockholm Convention comes into force following years of lobbying by Greenpeace calls for the elimination of all Persistent Organic Pollutants. Read the success story
Feb. 4, 2004: Esso loses its court case against Greenpeace in France, which had developed a parody of Esso’s logo with a double dollar sign.
Nov. 21, 2003: Thanks to intensive lobbying by cyberactivists around the world, Greenpeace prevails against an attempt by member states to remove the organization from the International Maritime Organisation.
Aug. 6, 2003: The Deni, indigenous peoples of the Amazon, celebrate the end of an 18-year campaign to mark their land as protected from logging. Greenpeace volunteers used GPS technology and a helicopter for a month to create an eco-corridor around 3.6 million hectares of land.
May 7, 2003: Intense lobbying efforts by Greenpeace and Global Witness result in UN sanctions on Liberia for illegal logging.
Feb. 26, 2003: A French court agrees to lift an injunction against Greenpeace for creating a parody version of the Esso logo. In July, Greenpeace was ordered to remove the logo from its website. On appeal, the court agreed the depiction on a website branding the oil giant Environmental Enemy Number One was protected speech.
Feb. 7, 2003: McDonald’s in Denmark bows to pressure and takes a leadership position in opening its first restaurants that use no climate-killing chemicals for refrigeration. More 2002: Brazil declares a moratorium on export of mahogany following revelations of the extent of illegal logging and timber trade. Greenpeace actions around the world help enforce the ban.
2002: Brazil declares a moratorium on export of mahogany following revelations of the extent of illegal logging and timber trade. Greenpeace actions around the world help enforce the ban.
2002: The European Union, followed by Japan, ratifies the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
2002: Greenpeace helps defeat a major drive by pro-whaling nation Japan and its supporters to re-introduce commercial whaling through the International Whaling Commission.
May 2001: After years of negotiations and pressure from Greenpeace, a global agreement for the elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants becomes reality in May 2001 when a UN treaty banning them is adopted.
2001: Greenpeace lobbying, together with earlier expeditions to the Southern and Atlantic oceans exposing pirate vessels, are instrumental in the adoption of an international plan of action to combat illegal fishing in international waters.
2000-2001: A number of European retailers, food producers, and subsidiaries of multinational companies guaranteed to keep genetically engineered ingredients out of their products due to consumer pressure. Thanks to its consumer networks in 15 countries, Greenpeace tests products, collects information about food products and policies and exposes contamination cases.
2000: An import ban is adopted on all bigeye tuna caught by pirate vessels in the Atlantic.
2000: Turkey’s plans to build its first nuclear reactors at Akkuyu as part of a larger project to construct 10 reactors by the year 2020 is cancelled in July after eight years of campaigning by Greenpeace and others.
2000: The Biosafety Protocol is adopted in Montreal. It aims to protect the environment and human health from risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by controlling international trade of GMOs. Greenpeace has campaigned to stop the irreversible release of GMOs into the environment and to protect biodiversity from genetic pollution since 1995. More
1999: Nine countries ban the use of harmful phthalates in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) toys for children under three and the EU introduces an emergency ban on soft PVC teething toys.
1999: Japan is ordered to stop “experimental” fishing of southern bluefin tuna by the International Law of the Sea Tribunal.
Jan. 14, 1998: The Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty comes into force. More
1998: A historic accord, the OSPAR Convention, bans the dumping of offshore installations at sea in the North-East Atlantic. The convention also agrees to phase out radioactive and toxic discharges, as proposed by Greenpeace. More
1998: Shell agrees to bring its infamous offshore installation, the Brent Spar, to land for recycling. Greenpeace campaigned since 1995 to persuade the oil company not to dump disused installations in the ocean. More
1998: The EU agrees to phase out driftnet fishing by its fleets in EU and international waters by the end of 2001, after 15 years of campaigning by Greenpeace.
1997: Ministers from industrialized nations adopt the Kyoto Protocol, agreeing to set legally binding reduction targets on greenhouse gases, following more than a decade of campaigning by Greenpeace.
1997: Greenpeace collects the United Nations Environment Programme Ozone Award for the development of Greenfreeze, a domestic refrigerator free of ozone depleting and significant global warming chemicals.
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1996: The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is adopted at the United Nations. More
1995: Following a high-profile action by Greenpeace, and public pressure, Shell U.K. reverses its decision to dump the Brent Spar oil platform in the Atlantic Ocean. More
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1995: Greenpeace actions to stop French nuclear testing receive international attention. Over seven million people sign petitions calling for a stop to testing. France, the U.K., the U.S., Russia and China commit to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
1995: Following a submission made with Greenpeace support, UNESCO designates Russia's Komi Forest as a World Heritage Site.
1994: The Antarctic whale sanctuary, proposed by France and supported by Greenpeace, is approved by the International Whaling Commission.
1994: Greenpeace actions exposing toxic waste trade from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries to non-OECD countries culminate in government negotiation of the Basel Convention banning this practice.
1993: The London Dumping Convention permanently bans the dumping at sea of radioactive and industrial waste worldwide.
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1992: France cancels this year’s nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll, following the Rainbow Warrior’s visit to the test zone, and vows to halt tests altogether if other nuclear nations follow suit.
1992: Worldwide ban on high seas large-scale driftnets comes into force.
1991: The 39 Antarctic Treaty signatories agree to a 50-year minimum prohibition of all mineral exploitation, in effect preserving the continent for peaceful, scientific purposes. 1991 Major German publishers go chlorine-free after Greenpeace produces chlorine-free edition of Der Spiegel as part of campaign against chlorine bleaching.
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1989: A UN moratorium on high seas large-scale driftnets is passed, responding to public outrage at indiscriminate fishing practices exposed by Greenpeace.
1988: Following actions at sea, and submissions by Greenpeace, a worldwide ban on incinerating organochlorine waste at sea is agreed by the London Dumping Convention.
1985: French nuclear testing in the South Pacific again becomes the subject of international controversy, particularly following the sinking of Greenpeace’s ship, the Rainbow Warrior, by the French Secret Services.
1983: The Parties to the London Dumping Convention call for a moratorium on radioactive waste dumping at sea. As a result of Greenpeace’s repeated actions against ocean dumping, this is the first year since the end of the Second World War where officially no radioactive wastes are dumped at sea.
1982: After actions at sea against whalers, a whaling moratorium is adopted by the International Whaling Commission.
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1978: Greenpeace actions halt the grey seal slaughter in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.
1974: France ends atmospheric tests in the South Pacific after Greenpeace protests at the test site.
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1972: After the first Greenpeace action in 1971, the U.S. abandons nuclear testing grounds at Amchitka, Alaska.