Greenpeace's cornerstone principles and core values are reflected in all our environmental campaign work. They guide whatever we do and wherever we do it.
Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation, which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.
Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
Therefore Greenpeace seeks to:
In developing our campaign strategies and policies we take great care to reflect our fundamental respect for democratic principles and to seek solutions that will promote global social equity.
Greenpeace's worldwide activities are funded almost entirely by donations from individuals around the world, and by private foundation grants. For several years now, we have been supported by an able and committed team involved with raising public awareness on environmental issues and raising funds for the organisation. Over the years, this team has helped us inspire more than 3,50,000 individual supporters to join our mission and help us stay financially stable and independent. Under our new restructured model these critical functions have now been outsourced. We have contracted Direct Dialogue Initiatives India Pvt. Ltd (DDII) whose mission is to raise funds ethically for environmental and social causes.
Greenpeace offices actively solicit funds to maximise long-term income to enable the organisation to achieve its global mission. The methods we use to raise funds comply with the professional codes of conduct and accepted good practice promoted by fundraising, marketing and advertising institutes in the countries we operate within. Greenpeace works actively to ensure transparency and public accountability in its campaigning, fundraising and financial management practices.
In raising funds, we accurately describe our activities and needs. Our policies and practices ensure that donations further our organisation's mission. As a matter of policy, we do not seek or accept funding from governments, corporations, political parties or multi-national governmental bodies such as the United Nations or the European Community, as this could compromise our independent status with regard to the environmental issues we represent. We reserve the right to refuse private donations that may compromise our independence, integrity or deflect from our campaign priorities, and large donations are screened for this purpose.
Greenpeace worldwide works to maintain a proper balance between costs, revenue and quality of expenditure, and to keep fundraising costs to an acceptable percentage of revenue.
Transparency and Accountability
Accountability Charter for International Non-Governmental Organisations
International Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) play an increasingly influential role in shaping global policies. Global public opinion surveys show higher trust in NGOs than in government and business. At the same time the nonprofit sector is coming under closer scrutiny, both from those who want it to flourish and those who seek to curtail NGO activities.
A group of international NGOs, including Greenpeace International, have come together to demonstrate that they deeply value public trust, do not take it for granted and are committed to sustaining and deepening it by ensuring transparency, and accountability for their operations. In June 2006 the NGO's publicly launched and endorsed the first global Accountability Charter for the non-profit sector.
The Accountability Charter sets out core values and operating principles for international NGOs. The Charter covers the areas of good governance and management; and fundraising and multi-stakeholder engagement. It also makes specific reference to respect for universal principles (such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), independence, responsible advocacy, effective programmes, non-discrimination, transparency and ethical fundraising.
This initiative builds on individual, national and sectoral initiatives taken to set standards of NGO accountability and codes of conduct. All NGOs are subject to national regulations within the countries in which they operate. The International Non-Governmental Organisations Accountability Charter is the first such initiative to set out international, cross-sector standards for the non-profit sector.
All international NGOs - across different sectors - are invited to sign-up to the Accountability Charter. The organisations that, at present, actively endorse the Charter:
The Accountability Charter is only the first step. Next steps will involve putting in place a robust system for reporting and review of the Charter so that it can be improved and updated in light of experience.