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Greenpeace is one of the world's largest environmental organizations. The headquarters of Greenpeace International are in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is formally allied with

  • Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International
  • Gerd Leipold, former Executive Director, Greenpeace International


The directors of Greenpeace International, as of October 2009, are:[1]

Former directors

Former Related Greenpeace Personnel and Directors


Greenpeace was founded in 1971 following a group of activists sailing an old fishing boat, the Phyllis Cormack, from Vancouver towards the island of Amchitka, Alaska in protest against proposed US underground nuclear testing. [1]

Current campaigns

Greenpeace focuses its activities on:



  • Greenpeace operates a fleet of several ocean-going ships used in protest and awareness raising

Funding and expenditures

"... Greenpeace does not seek or accept funding from governments, corporations or political parties or any other source that could compromise its aims and objectives, its independence or its integrity. Greenpeace relies wholly upon the voluntary donations of individual supporters and on grant support from foundations." [3]

They also provide a breakdown of their expenditure and income (about $350m in 2003 for Greenpeace international and all regional subsidiaries) [4]

Though there does not seem to be any information about the foundations that give them money on their website, the financial breakdown from 2001 for Greenpeace international alone indicates that 118m of 143m came from individuals with 3.9m from foundations, 4.2m from major donors and 4.4m other income. 12.5m was left in legacies and bequests, so foundations constitute a relatively small proportion of income, assuming that the same is roughly true of the subsidiaries.

Greenpeace has referred to "independent foundations" [5]. Greenpeace fundraising policies from 1998 state that Greenpeace screens all major donations in order ensure it does not receive unwanted donations. Donations from foundations which are funded by political parties or receive most of their funding from governments or intergovernmental organisations are rejected. Foundation donations are also rejected if the foundations attach unreasonable conditions, restrictions or constraints on Greenpeace activities or if the donation would compromise the independence and aims of Greenpeace.[6]


  • Bob Hunter, Warriors of the Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement, Henry Holt & Company, October, 1979, ISBN 0030437415
  • David McTaggart, Greenpeace III: Journey into the bomb, Collins, 1978. ISBN 0002118858
  • John May and Michael Brown, The Greenpeace Story, Dk Publishing*inc ISBN 086318328X
  • Mark Warford (ed), Greenpeace Witness: Twenty-Five Years on the Environmental Front Line, Andre Deutsch, August 1, 1997. ISBN 0233990240

Contact details

Greenpeace International
Ottho Heldringstraat 5
1066 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 7182000
Fax: +31 20 5148151
Email: AT
Web: Websites of national/regional offices

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Greenpeace International, "Greenpeace International Board of Directors", Greenpeace International website, accessed October 20, 2009.

External resources

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