Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA) believes that public support is key to the success of our mission to save the environment. GPSEA believes that it is important to get more people directly involved in our work. Furthermore, GPSEA recognizes that the time and skills that volunteers provide are as equally important to the regular financial contributions of our supporters.
GPSEA commits to this policy as the framework for working with our volunteers. GPSEA is committed to these fundamental principles of volunteering:
- Freedom of choice to work
- for non-profit objectives
- that will benefit the community,
- and, is unpaid work
These are guidelines that reflect GPSEA’s philosophy on volunteer involvement; institutionalize the rights and responsibilities of volunteers to GPSEA, and set the baseline for day to day decision – making and operations for the management and coordination of volunteers.
- GPSEA volunteers are individuals who have freely and willingly committed themselves to uphold and promote the Greenpeace core values and work to support its campaign work in SEA (Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta) without expecting financial remuneration for their services.
2.1. Types of Greenpeace Volunteers
GPSEA volunteers include activists, interns, cyberactivists, and local group members.
- Activists are those who take direct action in support of our campaigns. They shall support and uphold GP’s commitment to nonviolent direct action and commit to a training program to ensure that the GP standards for such activities are met. They can be involved in activities using boats, climbing actions, research and logistics work.
- Interns are those who render unpaid office-based work to complement our campaign staff. They are expected to deliver the same quantity and quality of work as paid staff in exchange for the work experience with Greenpeace. They can be engaged in office-based work as research assistants on specific campaign issues, media work and public outreach.
- Cyberactivists are those who participate in web-based campaign activities. They shall serve as the Greenpeace virtual community and shall be the conduit of our activities as we reach out to the cyber-public.
- Local Group members are those who are part of a duly recognized Greenpeace local group. Greenpeace Local Groups shall be organized to serve as a conduit for our campaigns and to provide a community for our volunteers who cannot be part of office-based activities because of practical limitations of space and time.
N.B. The foregoing categorization does not, in any way, preclude the involvement of a volunteer in two or more functions.
- Must support and commit to uphold the Greenpeace core values of nonviolence and independence and believe in its mission, and
- Must be able to commit to at least one of the work areas for volunteers and agree to be recognized as such.
4.1. Both volunteers and GPSEA have responsibilities towards each other to provide the best possible experience for volunteer work.
- Each GPSEA volunteer is expected to do a specific task or project. In turn, a volunteer expects that they will gain valuable and rewarding experiences whilst undergoing this work. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the basic rights and responsibilities that volunteers and staff have toward each other, to manage these dual expectations. These include:
4.2. GPSEA volunteers have the right:
- To information and details about the work they are undertaking, and the significance of that work,
- To training which enables the volunteer to effectively carry out the task asked of them,
- To say no if the volunteer is asked to undertake a task they don’t want to do,
- To claim out-of-pocket expenses in carrying out voluntary work,
- To recognition and thanks, whether this be a verbal expression of appreciation, or a formal letter of reference,
- To be entitled to respect and support from coworkers, both paid and voluntary,
- To be treated fairly,
- To participate in the decision forming process relevant to their area of work.
4.3. GPSEA can expect of its volunteers:
- A definite commitment in terms of time and attendance,
- That all duties agreed to by volunteers will be undertaken in a responsible, punctual, dependable, conscientious and courteous manner,
- To act as part of a team, this includes the volunteer exhibiting diplomacy, honesty and cooperation,
- Clear and open communication,
- A professional and committed attitude to the job and to Greenpeace,
- The same loyalty, discretion and ethics expected of paid employees.
5.1. Volunteer Application
- Prospective volunteers shall completely fill in a volunteer application form with their photo and a copy of ID submitted
- Volunteers’ information shall be kept in a database and will be used by GPSEA’s employees for organization purposes only.
- A calendar for regular volunteer orientation meetings shall be organized in each GPSEA location. Prospective volunteers shall be invited to the orientation – meeting on Greenpeace history, its core values, its campaigns and on volunteering for the environment.
- Volunteer supervisors shall be responsible for ensuring that volunteers are able to participate in trainings conducted by GPSEA essential to the performance of their duties.
5.4. Meetings and Updates
- Volunteer supervisors shall organize meetings to update volunteers whenever necessary. Regular updates on campaign news and activities shall be communicated to volunteers via e-mail.
- Volunteers are expected to observe this code of conduct.
6.1. Access to Information and Confidentiality
- GPSEA volunteers shall maintain the confidentiality of privileged information they are exposed to while serving as a volunteer, especially if it is necessary for the completion of their assignment.
- GPSEA volunteers should agree not to divulge any information learned in the course of volunteering and which may compromise the success of Greenpeace’s nonviolent campaigns and may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
6.2. Personal Liability
- GPSEA volunteers shall be responsible for the consequences of their own actions. Volunteers shall not claim any losses/damages of any personal properties, reputations or incomes and/or physical injuries caused by their act(s) that is/are not authorized by the volunteer supervisor.
6.3. Material Resources Use
- GPSEA volunteers shall use office resources appropriately and maintain them carefully as if they are of their own. resources (i.e. stationery, car, camera, computer, action equipment, computers, etc.) are to used solely for official purposes.
- GPSEA volunteers shall comport themselves in a manner that shall be friendly, courteous and respectful of their colleagues.