Policies and guidance

These policies and guidance documents will help you navigate your legal questions and ensure you implement best practice.

11 Dec 2019

Campaigning policy positions

Ever wonder what Friends of the Earth's stance is on topics like population, housing, or consumption?

To find out what Friends of the Earth's policy is on a particular issue, head over to our policy site.

Data protection

From 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation – or GDPR – will replace the 1998 Data Protection Act. 

All local groups should read the guidance on the new GDPR requirements, the main things to focus on, and where to go for help.

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to raise them with our GDPR project manager, please email us.

Political impartiality

Friends of the Earth is committed to complying with all electoral law and regulations, and conducting our activity in a way that is politically impartial. 

Local groups should follow the political impartiality guidance to ensure they comply with regulations whilst continuing to speak out on environmental issues – from stopping fracking to cleaning up our air.

Protest and non-violent direct action

Friends of the Earth supports the right of individuals and organisations to take part in peaceful protest and nonviolent direct action where this is likely to support the achievement of its objectives.

Local groups are required to adhere to Friends of the Earth's policy on protest. As such, they should not organise, promote or participate in unlawful activity.


We are currently reviewing our safeguarding guidance for local groups.

Corporate partnership

We are currently reviewing our corporate partnership guidance for local groups.

General resources