Friends of the Earth International

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FoEI is an international network of environmental organizations in 74 countries.[3] Friends of the Earth considers environmental issues in their social, political and human rights contexts. Their campaigns stretch beyond the traditional arena of the conservation movement and seek to address the economic and development aspects of sustainability. Originally based largely in North America and Europe, its membership is now heavily weighted toward groups in the developing world. (WP)

FoEI campaign on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization, and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies. ref

Friends of the Earth Europe

Jointly publishes the Agrifood Atlas with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


Friends of the Earth works with responsible, purpose-led businesses who are committed to making a positive contribution to our world.ref

Reports & Articles

  • May.29.2020: Update on our work with Octopus Energy. On 30 April, we made the difficult decision to cease working with Octopus, after it accepted investment from an Australian energy company involved in coal power generation and fracking. Friends of the Earth.
  • Oct.15.2018: The EU’s double agenda on globalisation: Corporate rights vs people’s rights. This briefing explores the double role the EU plays in this process: spinning a web of treaties that give corporations extraordinary powers while hindering efforts to hold these very same companies accountable. This double agenda is exemplified by the EU’s actions in two areas: its reluctance to support binding and enforceable rights for citizens through an UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights, and at the same time expanding and entrenching a system of legally binding and enforceable investor rights and privileges that grants corporations power over governments and communities. Given the fundamental flaws of the investor rights system and the strong need for the UN Treaty, it is high time for the EU to review its positions on these issues and start addressing and reversing the inequities globalisation is producing. Fabian Flues, Anne van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe.
  • Oct.2018: Implementing the ECJ ruling on GMO 2.0 crops and foods. The ECJ ruled in the summer that a new generation of genetically modified (GM) food and plants – "GMO 2.0" – need safety checks before they can be used in the EU. The ruling is not a ban: it simply means that GMO 2.0 are regulated and any cultivation or import as food and feed follows existing EU rules. This was a blow for the biotech industry, which lobbied hard against it. Plus, under EU law, GM food must be labelled. The next step is to ensure proper safeguards against contamination incidents, field trials of GMO 2.0 techniques in Europe, or imports fromcountries outside the EU, and ensure adequate quality control systems are in place. Unfortunately, the EC has yet to work on testing methods. The EC needs to urgently reassure food operators and consumers that the ECJ ruling will be immediately adhered to. Friends of the Earth Europe.