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:
- protect biodiversity in all its forms
- prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water
- end all nuclear threats
- promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence
Our core values
- Personal responsibility and nonviolence. We take action based on conscience. This means we are accountable for our actions and take personal responsibility. We are committed to peacefulness; everyone on a Greenpeace action is trained in nonviolence.
- Independence. We do not accept money from governments, corporations or political parties. Individual contributions, together with foundations grants, are the only source of our funding.
- Greenpeace has no permanent friends or foes. If your government or company is willing to change, we will work with you to achieve your aims. Reverse course, and we will be back. What matters isn’t words, but actions.
- Promoting solutions. It’s not enough for us to point the finger; we develop, research and promote concrete steps towards a green and peaceful future for all of us.
At Greenpeace we are honoured that our work in pursuit of a green and peaceful future 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 grants from private foundations who share our values.
For Greenpeace to be effective in our campaigning work our independence is vital which is why we have it as a core principle that guides all of our fundraising activity. That is why we do not accept funding from governments, corporations, political parties or intergovernmental organisations.
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.
Giving us donations allows people to stand together with our campaigners and our activists and help bring about much needed change. Because of this it is really important to us that we treat supporters’ gifts to Greenpeace respectfully and responsibly, using them to create the biggest impact possible both in our campaigns and also when we invest in new fundraising activity.
We will always therefore seek to balance costs with results in order to achieve the greatest value we can for supporters and are proud to detail all of our fundraising costs clearly within the annual accounts of each and every Greenpeace office. It is also why all of the methods we use to fundraise comply with not just our internal principles but also with the professional codes of conduct and accepted good practice in each country that we operate within.
Should a supporter be particularly passionate about a specific area of our work and ask us to use their donation to achieve that specific objective, we will try to honour the donor’s request.
Sometimes we will ask supporters and the general public to donate to a specific project or campaign. When we believe there will be an expectation from donors that their money will be allocated in this way we will use a recognised accounting method to track donations, and we will report on how much was raised and how it was spent.
Transparency and Accountability
Greenpeace works actively to ensure transparency and public accountability in its campaigning, fundraising and financial management practices.
Greenpeace is a Member of Accountable Now, a platform of international civil society organisations. Together, we strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders and focused on delivering impact. We have signed ten globally-agreed-upon Accountability Commitments and seek to respect human rights, be independent and work ethically and professionally.
Annually Greenpeace reports publicly on our economic, environmental and social performance according to the Accountable Now Reporting Guidelines to an Independent Review Panel. Learn more about our work and responsibility towards our stakeholders in our Accountability Reports.