User agreements for Greenpeace Greenwire Africa


Greenpeace Greenwire Community Agreement of Greenpeace Africa


Greenpeace  is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. Greenpeace is made up of 26 independent national and regional offices across the world covering operations in more than 55 countries.  

Every national or regional Greenpeace office may choose to set up a Greenpeace Greenwire community for their respective supporters and each have their own terms and conditions.

When you join the Greenpeace Greenwire community website of Greenpeace Africa, you are joining a community of like-minded people which is supported - and not controlled or directed - by Greenpeace Africa.

By accepting this community agreement and linked policies, you acknowledge that being part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community involves responsibilities for both yourself and Greenpeace Africa:

Greenpeace Africa has a responsibility when it provides you with support, to do so professionally, by providing good, well-informed guidance. If you participate in activities organised by Greenpeace Africa it will ensure an appropriate duty of care for your safety. And in addition, Greenpeace Africa promises that your data will not be used for any purpose other than what you have signed up for.

You have a responsibility within the Greenpeace Greenwire community to stick to the rules; to not act in such a way that is not in line with the objectives of Greenpeace Africa, and to ensure that you keep information confidential which may harm Greenpeace Africa, the global Greenpeace organisation, its allies or the wider movement, if that information is intended for internal use within the community.

This way, Greenpeace Africa can together with you move people to choose for a green and peaceful future.

Art. 1 Community goals and membership

Greenpeace Africa has designed the Greenpeace Greenwire community to:
a) enable its volunteers, supporters and allied activists to connect with each other,
b) invite them to participate in activities and campaigns that Greenpeace Africa organises, and
OPTIONAL c) to provide a platform for volunteers, supporters and allied activists to organise their own activities which are aligned with Greenpeace’s long-term goals and campaigns, but are not directed by Greenpeace Africa.

You cannot participate in the Greenpeace Greenwire community without creating a personal profile on Greenpeace Greenwire. As a community member, you have a responsibility to invest time into the community, according to your own availability, through proposing or joining activities and through self-driven initiatives. As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you are responsible for joining activities which fit your own needs and availability. When you agree to take on a task, you are responsible for completing that activity - and you agree that you will contact the activity organiser as soon as possible to arrange your own replacement if you cannot perform due to e.g. illness or a change in circumstances.

Art. 2 Commencement and termination of this Agreement

By checking the box “I accept the terms of the community agreement and hereby join the Greenpeace Greenwire community of Greenpeace Africa”, you are agreeing to become part of the Greenpeace Greenwire community of Greenpeace Africa.

This agreement shall be terminated by written notice by either party, or because you delete your Greenpeace Greenwire profile. Please also sign out of any activities you have committed to prior to deleting your profile, to make sure the organiser of that activity is not counting on you.

Greenpeace Africa may choose to unilaterally terminate the agreement if the code of conduct articulated in this community agreement (See article 3 and article 11), are violated. Greenpeace Africa may also terminate the agreement if you have not logged in to Greenpeace Greenwire for at least 6 months. Greenpeace Africa will notify you at least once, at least one month in advance, before your profile is de-activated or deleted, to allow you the opportunity to reactivate your participation in the community.


Art. 3 Code of Conduct in the Greenpeace Greenwire community

  • Be kind to one another. In your interactions with others in the Greenpeace Greenwire community, online and in person, do not make offensive comments which are contrary to the law or to the principles of Greenpeace (Personal responsibility, nonviolence, independence, equitable sustainability, global mind-set, solution & action focus), or which are otherwise offensive. This includes, but is not limited to: intimidation, insults, threats, abuse, obscene language, profanity, sexual harassment, racist or offensive remarks, or inciting violence. 
  • Stay on topic, or start a new discussion. Respect the choices of other Greenpeace Greenwire members to start or to join groups or events because they wish to act together towards a certain purpose. If you find that your personal goals and actions are not being addressed, it is your responsibility to start new groups or events to take action, rather than to distract from the agreed purpose of other groups or events.
  • Do not spam: you cannot use your account for commercial purposes or mass promotion of a product, service or idea. 
  • Be open and honest. Greenpeace Africa is transparent and accountable and we expect Greenpeace Greenwire members to be transparent and accountable as well. If you are paid by a company, organisation or government for your participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community - online or in activities - or if you may otherwise have a conflict of interest, you must clearly state that conflict of interest in your profile and in any discussions in which you engage.
  • Do not spread computer viruses, malicious software or malicious programs in order to damage or compromise the security of people’s computers or the Greenpeace Greenwire website of Greenpeace Africa itself.

Greenpeace Africa reserves the right to erase, to close for further comment, or to intervene in other ways with content posted by members online in the Greenpeace Greenwire community if such content is considered inappropriate, for example where the code of conduct above has been violated, in whole or in part.

Greenpeace Africa reserves the right to terminate this agreement with Greenpeace Greenwire members who do not follow the code of conduct, and reserves the express right to suspend or remove their profile from the site without prior warning.


Art. 4 Guidance, information and training

As a Greenpeace Greenwire community member, you have a right to seek out quality guidance from Greenpeace Africa and from other Greenpeace Greenwire community members. If you choose to participate in an activity, you have the right to receive the necessary information to perform your job or task, and the organiser – Greenpeace Africa or other community members - have an obligation to provide you with that information. You are obliged to provide the required information and guidance to community members who join activities or groups that you choose to organise. It is expected that you read and understand the provided information; meet deadlines and commitments, when engaging in any activity/campaign, so that they help ensure the activity is delivered properly; and keep information confidential when necessary.

Greenpeace Africa will offer you, depending on your geographic location and your role in the Greenpeace Greenwire community, the opportunity to participate in training. Participation in some activities or roles will require a mandatory training. 

Art. 5 Expenses

There are no costs associated with participation in the Greenpeace Greenwire community - it only requires a common passion and commitment to achieving a green and peaceful world in line with Greenpeace’s long-term goals.

Trainings offered by Greenpeace Africa will always be offered on a not-for-profit basis - they will be provided either at no cost, or at a reasonable fee to cover any venue, accommodation, travel or logistical costs. The fee, if any, will be set at the discretion of the Greenpeace Africa. If trainings require a fee, a limited number of scholarships will always be offered to ensure that ability-to-pay is not a barrier to participation.


 Art 5.1 applicable to members of Greenwire Africa community (volunteers), while undertaking activities as part of that community, if agreed upon by head office:

The Engagement Department of Greenpeace Africa will reimburse the expenses actually incurred by the volunteer, if agreed before-hand and if the costs are reasonable and necessary, such as travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses as well as those expenses incurred for venue hire and materials where necessary (travel expenses based on 2nd class public transport). Declaring the expenses done by a claim form, original receipts must be attached.


Art. 6 Insurance


The Engagement, Mobilization & Action departments all have a duty of care for all volunteers and activists for activities organised by head office.  Private initiatives fall under your own liability, your own health insurance and accident insurance.

Greenpeace Africa does not provide individual or collective liability insurance or accident insurance for Greenpeace Greenwire community members during their participation in activities or events organised through Greenpeace Greenwire. It is your own responsibility to clarify and understand insurance conditions with the relevant Greenpeace office before participating in activities organised through Greenpeace Greenwire.

Your participation is therefore at your own risk, to be covered by your own health insurance and accident insurance.


Art. 7 Conflicts

Art 7.1

EXAMPLE: In the event of ambiguities, complaints or conflicts between you and a staff member from Greenpeace Africa  or other any national or regional Greenpeace office, that cannot be solved through dialogue, you have the right to request the local Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator to mediate in the conflict. If the Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator him/herself is involved or from another national or regional Greenpeace office you have the right to seek mediation from the International Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator of Greenpeace Volunteering Lab

The national and International Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator have an obligation to provide mediation directly, or to engage a professional mediator to resolve the conflict, as well as an obligation to inform the line-manager of the staff member involved of the dispute and mediation process.

If the International Greenpeace Greenwire Coordinator him/herself is part of the conflict, or the problems are of such a size that the International coordinator cannot resolve the matter, the matter will be escalated to the Director of Greenpeace’s Volunteering Lab.


Art. 8 Confidentiality

As a member of the Greenpeace Greenwire community, you will have access to information regarding Greenpeace Africa and other national and regional Greenpeace offices across the world, information that is intended for internal use and/or information that is intended only to be used to enable you to participate in activities. By accepting the terms of this Community Agreement, you agree to keep secret such information and not distribute such information to third parties (including through online social networks), unless   the Greenwire Africa Coordinator gives you express consent in writing, in advance, to disclose that information. This applies both during the term of the agreement, as well as after termination of your profile on Greenpeace Greenwire. You are wholly responsible for the information you release, and shall bear responsibility for the security of any information you have access to.


Art 9. Privacy

It is your responsibility to enter your personal data as accurately and completely as possible, and, should your personal data change, to update the information as quickly and accurately as possible. Giving false information gives Greenpeace Africa the express right to terminate this agreement and suspend or remove your Greenpeace Greenwire account without prior warning.

Greenpeace Africa will not disclose personal information to third parties without your consent, unless required to do so under the law.

Link to Greenpeace Africa privacy policy here:

 Art 10. Right to use images and content

Art 10.1 - Greenpeace use of your content

By placing text and images on Greenpeace Greenwire, you give Greenpeace Africa  the right to use this content in its online and print communications and publications, unless you explicitly state, when initially sharing the content, that you wish to retain Copyright or a particular Creative Commons license.

In the case where you have not stated an intention to retain copyright or a Creative Commons license, Greenpeace Africa will endeavour to contact you in advance, and to attribute the source in publication, however Greenpeace Africa cannot guarantee that this prior contact and attribution will always succeed. You will receive no compensation for Greenpeace’s use of content.

If you have stated that you wish to retain copyright over your content, Greenpeace Africa, will in all cases contact you before using your images or text, to negotiate the terms of use.

If you have stated that you wish to use a Creative Commons licence for your content, Greenpeace Africa will adhere to the terms of the specific license in sharing the content, and will endeavour to contact you if necessary.


Art 10.2 - Your use of Greenpeace logo and content

The Greenpeace logo is an internationally registered trademark of Stitching Greenpeace Council in the Netherlands, and should only be shown with prior written permission from Greenpeace Africa - with the proviso that if you organise activities for Greenpeace Africa, you may use the Greenpeace logo on flyers, posters, in web design, etc. - provided you clearly state that it is a volunteer initiative, and that you follow the international Greenpeace style guide.

It is your responsibility, if using the Greenpeace logo and other images, to ensure that you have appropriate permission and that you therefore are not infringing trademark law. If in doubt, contact a staff member of Greenpeace Africa, or the owner of the trademark (, for advice.

Where articles and other texts written by Greenpeace Africa are not intended for internal use only, (see Article 8), you are free to reproduce such articles and other texts for personal or educational purposes, provided that you adhere to the copyright policy of Greenpeace Africa  and state at the beginning of the article: “Source: Greenpeace Africa”, and that you also reproduce the name of the author and any copyright information from the original text.

Articles, texts and images produced by third parties - even if posted on Greenpeace Greenwire re-published by Greenpeace Africa - remain the intellectual property of those third parties, and you must seek permission for their use from the original sources before reproducing their content. This also includes Articles, texts and images from other national and regional Greenpeace offices. Please check the copyright policy of the relevant Greenpeace office’s website for the terms and conditions.

Art. 11 Liabilities

All messages in the Greenpeace Greenwire community are written by individual members of the community and thus represent the opinion of the individual and not necessarily the opinion of Greenpeace Africa, other regional or national Greenpeace offices or Greenpeace International. Greenpeace Africa is not liable for acts or omissions of users, including the files, data and / or materials that they make available on this website.

Greenpeace Africa therefore provides no guarantees regarding the accuracy or quality of the contents of files, data and/or materials provided by its users. Greenpeace Africa accepts no liability for any damages resulting from use of content shared by community members on Greenpeace Greenwire, and is not responsible for the accuracy and completeness of such content. Official positions and statements of Greenpeace Africa can be found on ( ). The contents of any activities organised by Greenpeace Greenwire community members on the Greenpeace Greenwire platform should never conflict with the law, the principles of Greenpeace or the framework as set out on Greenpeace Greenwire. Greenpeace Africa accepts no liability arising from Greenpeace Greenwire community members choosing to act contrary to the law, or the wilful infliction of harm. Greenpeace Africa has no control over the actual activities of Greenpeace Greenwire community members, and accepts no liability for the consequences of activities by Greenpeace Greenwire community members. Greenpeace Africa is not obliged to compensate damages resulting from any activities organised through Greenpeace Greenwire.

If Greenpeace Africa] is nevertheless held liable by third parties for damages caused by activities organised by Greenpeace Greenwire community members, and if  Greenpeace Africa  as a result incurs costs or damages, then the Greenpeace Greenwire community members who have caused  Greenpeace Africa to incur those costs must in all cases fully pay back the damages to Greenpeace Africa, also if the damage was caused by participants or third parties in an activity led by a Greenpeace Greenwire community member.

Greenpeace Africa does not guarantee that Greenpeace Greenwire is at all times accessible, secure and without interference. Greenpeace Africa is not liable for any direct or indirect damages arising from or related to the use of Greenpeace Greenwire, or inability to use and / or any associated services of Greenpeace Africa.

Wilful spreading of misinformation, or promotion of activities that are contrary to the fundamental principles of Greenpeace, or contrary to national law, may result in the offending users’ expulsion from Greenpeace Greenwire and removal of the user’s profile from Greenpeace Africa’s records. The misuse of Greenpeace Greenwire for own financial or other gain or causing nuisance, or trolling, will not be tolerated. Greenpeace Africa reserves the right to unilaterally cancel this community agreement with such individuals, and to permanently deny Greenpeace Greenwire community membership to repeated offenders.


Art. 12 Adjusting the conditions

Greenpeace Africa has the right to adjust and update this Terms of Use/Greenpeace Greenwire community agreement at any time, in which case Greenpeace Africa will inform you via Greenpeace Greenwire messages and by email. The current terms of use will always be made available on Greenpeace Greenwire itself. If you continue to use the site after one or more changes to the terms of use, this implies that you irrevocably accept these adjustment(s). It is therefore wise to consult these terms regularly.


Article 13 Applicable law

The validity of this Agreement, its interpretation, the respective rights and obligations of the parties and all other matters arising in any way out of this undertaking or its performance shall be determined in accordance with the laws of the Republic of South Africa.