Policies and guidance

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

01 Nov 2022

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.

Please remember that in the case of marches, the police have to be informed in writing  at least 6 days in advance of the protest taking place, of the date and time of the protest, its route, and the names and addresses of the organisers of the protest. 

Important note: the government is attempting to introduce the draconian Public Order Bill which aims to severely restrict the right to protest. The new Bill is particularly aimed at movements and activists that use direct action and civil disobedience against government or corporate inaction on the climate emergency.  In doing so, the Bill doesn't meaningfully engage with and address the concerns of communities. The Bill uses vague language to define protest and what involvement in a protest looks like, and expands policing powers to "stop and search" potential protesters.

The Public Order Bill hasn't passed into law yet. You have the right to engage in protest, non-violent direct action and to support marches. Please read our guidance on protest and non-violent direct action and contact [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about participating in any planned actions.


Local groups should abide by the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Fundraising Practice  when raising money, whether this money is meant to fund the group activities or intended to be donated to Friends of the Earth.

Read our key do’s and don’ts on fundraising.


At Friends of the Earth we believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse of any kind, and that everyone should feel safe when participating in group activities. We all have a legal responsibility to do everything we can to keep children and vulnerable adults safe and to report any concerns we have about their welfare.

Read our safeguarding guidance.