Greenpeace International's main legal entity is "Stichting Greenpeace Council" (SGC). It is a Dutch Stichting -a foundation-type non-profit entity- based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Articles of Association (bylaws) specify its purpose and provide the framework for Greenpeace's internal governance and decision-making process. The entity is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.
Greenpeace International is in charge of protecting the Greenpeace trademark, and providing global control on the use of it. This protects the public from any misleading or fraudulent use of the Greenpeace name by unauthorised third parties, and safeguards the integrity of our campaign work and fundraising reputation.
Greenpeace National / Regional Offices
National and regional offices are licensed by Greenpeace International to use the Greenpeace name within their territories.
Greenpeace International and National / Regional Offices may establish various legal entities to carry out support activities such as fundraising, merchandising, fixed asset management and specific campaign work as cost-effectively as possible, while adhering to national regulations to do with the charitable purposes of the organisation.
All entities operate in accordance with the legal framework of the country they are set up in, are included in the annual budget and accounts of the licensed Greenpeace office responsible for them, and are subject to annual independent external financial auditing reviews in accordance with local regulations.
Statuten Stichting Greenpeace Council (Original text in Dutch)
Articles of Association (English Translation)
Rules of Procedure