Fundraising Principles

At Greenpeace we are honoured that our work is funded almost entirely by donations given to us by passionate individuals from all over the world who care about the planet and want to help us create change, and by some grants from private charitable foundations who share our values.

Our independence is vital for us to be effective in our campaigning work, which is why we have it as a core principle that guides all of our fundraising. We do not accept funding from  corporations, political parties, governments or the European Union.

We also screen all large private donations to identify if there is anything about them which could compromise our independence, our integrity or deflect from our campaign priorities. If we find something, then we will refuse or return the donation.

In 2017, 95.3% of global Greenpeace funds came from individual donations, with about 3.3% from independent foundations and 1.4% from lottery funding.

Transparency and Accountability

Greenpeace works to ensure transparency and public accountability in its campaigning, fundraising and financial management practices.

Greenpeace European Unit is on the European Union Transparency Register, disclosing information according to stricter guidelines as recommended by ALTER-EU and Civil Society Europe.

Greenpeace is a member of Accountable Now, a platform of international civil society organisations. Together, we strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders and focussed on delivering impact. We have signed ten globally-agreed-upon accountability commitments and seek to respect human rights, work ethically and professionally and maintain our independence.

Annually, Greenpeace reports publicly on its economic, environmental and social performance, according to the Accountable Now reporting framework to an independent review panel. Learn more about our work and responsibility towards our stakeholders in our accountability reports.

Summary of finances

Greenpeace European Unit is funded by the European offices of Greenpeace. Globally, Greenpeace relies mostly on the voluntary donations of around three million individual supporters and on grant support from independent foundations. Auditors’ statement for Greenpeace European Unit 2020:

“We have audited the annual accounts of the association which comprise the balance sheet as at 31 December 2020, the profit and loss account for the year then ended and the notes to the annual accounts, characterized by a balance sheet total of EUR 843,707.44 and a profit account showing neither profit nor loss for the year. In our opinion, the annual accounts give a true and fair view of the association’s net equity and financial position as at December 31, 2020, as well as of its results for the year then ended,  in accordance with the financial reporting framework applicable in Belgium.”

Clybouw Auditors – Antwerp, Belgium

Income and Operating Costs 2020

Total income (a) € 2,000,809.97

Total operating costs (b) € 2,000,809.97

Operating profit (a-b) € 0.00

Balance sheet 2020

Fixed capital assets (a)     €36,406.18

Current floating assets (b)  €807,301.26

Liabilities (c)  €843,707,44

Total assets minus liabilities (a+b-c) €0


Greenpeace European Unit (EU) is a non-profit organisation under Belgian law (VZW, ASBL). Its general assembly consists of the executive directors and programme directors of Greenpeace’s European offices, as well as the executive directors and the programme director of Greenpeace International.

The general assembly elects the board of Greenpeace EU from among its members.

For more information on how Greenpeace International is structured, please click here

Green 10

Greenpeace European Unit is a member of the Green 10, an informal association of environmental NGOs working at EU level. The Green 10 consists of the following organisations:


Greenpeace European Unit is a signatory to the founding statement of the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU), a coalition of NGOs, trade unions, academics and businesses calling for lobbying disclosure in Brussels, a code of conduct for EU officials and an end to privileged access to EU decision-makers for corporate interest groups.