Greenpeace is a global campaigning network, consisting of Greenpeace International (Stichting Greenpeace Council) in Amsterdam, and 26 independent national and regional organisations across the world operating in more than 55 countries. These national/regional organisations are independent in carrying out global campaign strategies within the local context they operate within, and in seeking the necessary financial support from donors to fund this work.

Black Bears in Canadian Boreal Forest

Black bears have better eyesight and hearing than humans. They are known to mark trees with their teeth and claws as a form of communication with other bears.

© Dave Taylor / Greenpeace

 In most National and Regional Organisations, voting memberships made up of activists and volunteers elect a Board of Directors.


Support and coordination of these global strategies is the task of Greenpeace International. Supported by a consultative international decision making process in which the National/Regional Organisations are the main stakeholders, Greenpeace International co-ordinates worldwide campaigns and monitors the development of national and regional Greenpeace organisations.

The Greenpeace National / Regional Organisations are located around the globe and firmly rooted in the local environmental communities where they are located. They maintain direct contact with the public: all Greenpeace organisations can be directly contacted by phone or email.

Greenpeace International is the entity that maintains contacts with supporters and donors in countries where there is not a Greenpeace organisation. It also provides a range of services to the national/regional organisations such as maintenance of the Greenpeace ships, setting up new Greenpeace organisations, drawing up combined financial forecasts and strategies for the worldwide organisation, providing fundraising support to national/regional organisations, providing cost-efficient global IT services and Internet tools, and protecting the Greenpeace trademark.

Greenpeace National and Regional Organisations are licensed to use the name “Greenpeace” by Stichting Greenpeace Council. National and Regional organisations contribute financially to Greenpeace International, campaign locally, participate in international campaigns, and help shape the international campaign programme.