Who we are


The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is a diverse set of organisations from different sectors, including NGOs, research institutes, UN organisations, businesses, and trade unions. We have come together because we recognise that our economy is failing to deliver either environmental sustainability or social equity.  In short, our economic system is failing people and the planet. 

Our vision is one of a resilient economy that provides a better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a new green economy.

The GEC is governed by a Steering Group who meets every two months to discuss strategy and management, and is coordinated by a small secretariat based at IIED's offices.


Consumers International

Consumers International (CI) is the world federation of consumer groups that, working together with its members, serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers.

International Institute for Environment and Development

An independent international research organisation, working with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

WWF International

WWF creates solutions that will solve our planet’s BIG environmental challenges. We want people and nature to thrive together.

Biomimicry Institute

The Biomimicry Institute promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. 

Biomimicry Institute website

International Trade Union Confederation

The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. The ITUC represents 175 million workers in 151 countries and territories and has 305 national affiliates.

ITUC website


2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – a Canadian-based, policy research institute that has a long history of conducting cutting-edge research into sustainable development.
Our vision: Better living for all-sustainably
Our mission: To champion innovation, enabling societies to live sustainably

IISD website

Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organisation that has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide.

Global Reporting Initiative

International Union for the Conservation of Nature

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges

Ecologic Institute

The Ecologic Institute is a private not-for-profit think tank for applied environmental research, policy analysis and consultancy. An independent, non-partisan body, the Ecologic Institute is dedicated to bringing fresh ideas to environmental policies and sustainable development. The Ecologic Institute’s work programme focuses on obtaining practical results. It covers the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including the integration of environmental concerns into other policy fields.

Ecologic Institute website

Aldersgate Group

The Aldersgate Group (AG) is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy.The AG develops independent and authoritative policy objectives through the breadth, expertise and diversity of its membership. We draw on the knowledge base and connections of our network to gain an early insight into the policy formation process and engage with key decision makers in a proactive, constructive and impartial way. 

Our mission is to trigger the change in policy required to address environmental challenges effectively and secure the maximum economic benefit in terms of sustainable growth, jobs and competitiveness.   

Aldersgate Group website

UN Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative

The Green Economy Initiative (GEI) is designed to assist governments in “greening” their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies, investments and spending towards a range of sectors, such as clean technologies, renewable energies, water services, green transportation, waste management, green buildings and sustainable agriculture and forests.

UNEP green economy website


Philips Global is focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. A world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. 

As a global health and well-being company, we firmly believe that the challenges around the health and well-being of our planet offer substantial business opportunities, creating value for our company as well as society at large.

Development Alternatives

The Development Alternatives Group is a premier research organisation, with a deep understanding of the rural market and a strong presence in the Indian heartland. Its existence has been a credible and visible one – nationally and internationally in addressing poverty challenges in a climate sensitive environment.
A pioneer in sustainable development and the first social enterprise in India, Development Alternatives (DA) envisions a world where every citizen can live in security, with a dignified job and an assured income. We believe that the key to achieving this is the creation of sustainable livelihoods in large numbers - providing the rural poor with jobs with decent income, giving meaning and dignity to life, producing goods and services for the local market and preserving the environment. 

International Labour Organisation

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. 

The promotion of Green Jobs is central in the transition towards a greener economy. Climate change and the excessive use of scarce resources are calling for proactive policies to respond timely and avert the worse and create pathways to sustainable development - with decent work for all. But the much needed innovative strategies can only succeed with the full engagement of enterprises and workers. The ILO agenda for Green Jobs promotes a socially fair transition, in which vulnerabilities, changes in the labour market and new business models are addressed through an inclusive social dialogue.   

SEED Initiative

SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy. Founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED promotes entrepreneurship for sustainable development by supporting innovative locally driven enterprises around the globe which integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development.

The Council provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, share knowledge, experiences and best practices, and to advocate business positions on these issues in a variety of forums, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations. 

Global Footprint Network

The Global Footprint Network is a nonprofit research organisation, whose programmes are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance. Our intent is that together our initiatives will bring about new solutions and spark a global dialogue about ecological limits and overshoot. The results we expect will redirect billions of dollars of investment flows toward making sustainable human development a reality. 

Ethical Markets Media

Ethical Markets Media works to reform markets and metrics to grow the green economy worldwide, providing news and perspective with the Green Transition Scoreboard®, the Transforming Finance initiative, research on Beyond GDP, targeted workshops, and with reports, articles, newsletters and analysis by Hazel Henderson, our editor-in-chief, on EthicalMarkets.com.  We focus on systems thinking and best practices to raise global standards. Ethicalmarkets.tv streams original Ethical Markets productions and video gathered from around the world.


The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is a non-profit organisation registered in St. Lucia, St. Croix and Trinidad and Tobago, with its main office in Port of Spain, Trinidad. CANARI’s geographic focus is the islands of the Caribbean but its research findings are often relevant and disseminated to the wider region. 

CANARI's mission is to promote equitable participation and effective collaboration in managing the natural resources critical to development. 

The Natural Step

The Natural Step is a non profit organization founded with the vision of creating a sustainable society. The Natural Step is committed to researching the science of sustainability and linking it to real world applications. We work with people inside organizations to make informed decisions and create dialogue about the many challenges and opportunities ahead as we move toward a sustainable future. 

Eco Union

Eco-union is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary association which brings together professionals who are united by their common interest in environmental services and sustainable development.  Since its creation in 2005, eco-union has promoted environmental values within all sectors of society including local authorities, businesses, professional associations and foundations, and civil society.  Eco-Union's mission is to be an agent of change by training and educating citizens, enabling them to form constructive and critical opinions about environmental management and sustainable development.


Ecodes is an independent not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1992 to develop, manage, and promote sustainable development projects and corporate social responsibility in Spain and Latin America. The organization develops research initiatives on sustainability and social responsibility. It also designs, develops and manages innovative demonstration projects to show how changes in actions and behavior (consumption patterns, investments, resource utilisation) can lead to significant environmental and social change. 

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non‐governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC is a unique forum where stakeholders from around the world meet and, through strong multi-stakeholder processes, define essential social and environmental criteria for forest management. These fundamental principles are realised in forests worldwide through FSC certification. It also promotes products from FSC managed forests through its close cooperation with stakeholders who promote FSC certified paper, furniture, construction wood, etc. and it has developed chain-of-custody certification scheme to guarantee the origin.

Environment Management for Livelihood Improvement

Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI) is a registered environmental non-governmental and non-profit making organisation based in Uganda started by a group of eminent scholars and policy makers with a focus on environmental issues. Established in 2007 as a local community based organization in Kawempe Division, EMLI is one of Uganda’s local environmental NGOs accredited to intergovernmental organisations and conventions such as the UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNEP. EMLI’s agenda is to empower local communities formulate and implement development plans and programmes that promote sustainable development.

STEPS Centre

The STEPS Centre is a global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the ESRC and bringing together development studies with science and technology studies. They draw their membership from the IDS and SPRU at the University of Sussex.  The STEPS Centre works with partners across the world in four domains: food and agriculture, health and disease, water and sanitation and energy and climate change.  In 2010 the STEPS Centre produced ‘Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto’, which recommends new ways of linking science and innovation to development for a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future. 

Global Sustainability Institute

The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University plays a critical role in bringing academic disciplines from across the University together with business and government to help develop practical solutions to sustainability challenges. They aim to build a knowledge base around these sustainability solutions and learn from them as they are developed and implemented. The GSI believes that developing a holistic approach to a Green Economy is vital to tackling global sustainability issues.

Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Coalition is a global not for profit platform supporting scaleable uptake of natural capital in business decision making. It is made up of early adopters from the business, policy, accounting and NGO communities. 

The Coalition was launched as the TEEB for Business Coalition in Singapore on 6th November 2012, and rebranded in Q1 2014 to the Natural Capital Coalition. The Natural Capital Coalition is a global not for profit platform supporting scaleable uptake of natural capital in business decision making. 

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales is a professional membership organisation, supporting over 140,000 chartered accountants around the world. Through our technical knowledge, skills and expertise, we provide insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession. Our members provide financial knowledge and guidance based on the highest professional, technical and ethical standards. We develop and support individuals, organisations and communities to help them achieve long-term, sustainable economic value. Because of us, people can do business with confidence. ICAEW is a founding member of the Global Accounting Alliance with over 775,000 members worldwide.


Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.

Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces)

Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Center for Sustainability Studies (GVces) of the Business Administration School of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) is an open environment for study, learning, insights, innovation and the production of knowledge, made up of personnel with a multidisciplinary and diverse background; these are highly creative people that are engaged, committed, curious and bold, and especially motivated by a genuine desire to change the world.

GVces bases its activities in formulating and following-up public policies, in building tools for self-regulation and in the development of strategies and tools for business management towards sustainability, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This action takes place through the following activities: (i) formal and informal education; (ii) applied research and publications; (iii) promoting debates, mobilizations and sensitizing society around the theme; (iv) communications; (v) and through an exchange of experiences and information that can disseminate concepts and practices around sustainability in all its dimensions.

Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies

Established at the request of senior policy-makers of the new Government in 1996, TIPS is an independent, non-profit economic research institution. TIPS is a leader in independent economic policy analysis and research in pursuit of development in Africa. We are active in both the South African and Southern African economic policy arenas and co-ordinate a wide network of established researchers. Our aim is to remain responsive to the local policy environment, government and other clients' research and information needs; to deliver high-quality, policy-relevant research; and to maintain an overt and strong interest in public policy in the areas associated with developing country economic policy.

Smart Prosperity Institute

Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.


CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.

We work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest, to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.

We work with more than 500 partners overseas, and with partners in the UK - all working to reduce poverty. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

New Economics Foundation (NEF)

The New Economics Foundation is a British think-tank that aims to help build a "new economy where people are really in control".

The Foundation was founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES) with the aim of working for a "new model of wealth creation, based on equality, diversity and economic stability".

The Foundation has around 50 staff mainly based in London and is active at a range of different levels. Its programmes include work on housing, reform of the financial system, the future of work, democracy and devolution and climate and environment.


Tearfund is a UK-based Christian relief and development agency working with a global network of churches to help eradicate poverty.

Tearfund supports local partners in more than 50 countries and has operational programmes in response to specific disasters.We've seen first-hand how the impacts of environmental issues, such as climate change, are already affecting many of the world’s poorest people. We think thedefining issues of our time centre around the three challenges of; Poverty, environmental sustainability, and inequality.

To tackle these, we believe that there needs to be a shift in both the way we live and a systemic change in how our economies function. The Green Economy Coalition provides an excellent opportunity for us to share, learn and work with others.

Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB)

Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation is a Swiss foundation based in Basel working to promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure through sustainable infrastructure design and financing on a global scale. Active since 2008, GIB works with multiple stakeholders ranging from city representatives to project developers and infrastructure financiers. 

GIB has the vision that infrastructure – be it an energy plant, a transit infrastructure or a water utility – should not only deliver its service efficiently but also in a way that helps towards tackling the world’s largest sustainability challenges stemming from population growth, rapid urbanisation, social inequalities, excessive use of finite resources and carbon-intensive lifestyles.

GIB’s work thus pushes for transformative actions in the field of infrastructure development and finance to contribute to sustainable development and the strengthening of community resilience.


African Centre for a Green Economy (AFRICEGE)

African Centre for a Green Economy (AFRICEGE) is a Think Tank and innovation hub supporting the transition to a new/green economy in Africa. Through engaging with policymakers, business leaders and academia, Africege is seeking to promote evidence-based policy implementation and the development of appropriate skills for the transition towards a green economy.

Innovation, Environnement et Développement en Afrique (IED Afrique)

Innovation, Environnement et Développement en Afrique (IED Afrique) is a Senegalese non-profit organisation working in francophone West Africa. It’s areas of work are around sustainable development emphasizing community resilience building, social accountability for effective delivery of public services, natural governance with a focus on equitable access to water, land and forest resources.  IED achieves this through research, policy advocacy and network building.

To achieve our mission, we engage with the different stakeholders groups such as government services, the private sector, local government, civil society organizations and local communities; through multi-stakeholder platforms for collaborative action research, policy dialogue and communication.

Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)

The Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) is an independent public policy, research, and advocacy think tank with headquarters in Kampala, Uganda. Through evidence-based policy research and analysis, ACODE aims to create knowledge to support pro-people national and regional development policies and to expand the range of policy options available for confronting public policy problems.

ACODE’s research efforts are focused on environmental governance, peace and conflict, trade, biotechnology, and property rights, particularly as they relate to Uganda’s overarching development framework, the Poverty Eradication Action Plan. ACODE’s multi-disciplinary research team comprises professionals with expertise in policy research, advocacy, and the monitoring of public policy.

Economic Policy and Competitiveness Research Center (EPCRC)

The EPCRC is Mongolia's preeminent think tank. Established under the auspices of President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, our vision is to enhance Mongolia’s national economic competitiveness to enable a strong, sustainable business environment and socio-economic framework; one that improves the quality of life of all citizens. In short, we conduct locally-based, high quality research and advocate for change in finance, trade and infrastructure policy that directly affects Mongolia’s ability to compete in a global economy.

Finance Watch

Finance Watch is an independent non-profit Members’ association set up in 2011 to act as a public interest counterweight to the powerful financial lobby. Our mission is to strengthen the voice of society in the reform of financial regulation by conducting advocacy and presenting public interest arguments to lawmakers and citizens. Our Members are civil society organisations and expert individuals, supported by a full-time secretariat.

Plan International UK

Plan International UK is a global children’s charity, helping young girls and boys in communities around the globe thanks to your one-off donations and ongoing sponsorship. We work with children in the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

For over 75 years we’ve been taking action and standing up for every child’s right to fulfil their potential by: Giving children a healthy start in life; including access to safe drinking water; securing the education of girls and boys; working with communities to prepare for and survive disasters; inspiring children to take a lead in decisions that affect their lives; enabling families to earn a living and plan for their children’s future

Oxfam GB

Oxfam GB is the founding and largest affiliate in a confederation of 19 partners of Oxfam. Since 1942 it has worked to support those experiencing poverty and tackle the root causes of injustice. Through its work Oxfam sees the impact of a changing climate on the most vulnerable people – how development is being undermined by the pressures a small part of humanity are putting on the planet.

Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Led by Prof. Tim Jackson, CUSP is an international network of academics, businesses, public sector, and civil society organisations undertaking research into foundational questions concerning the development of a sustainable economy and society.

CUSP’s vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. CUSP's work explores not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions, paying particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.


Libélula Institute for Global Change (Libélula) is a Peruvian NGO, consulting firm and Think Tank, formed in 2007 and specializing in climate change and communication. Libélula promote the transition to sustainable development and green growth in Peru and globally through their work which includes specialized research, project management, private sector engagement, carbon footprint services, sustainability programmes, training and awareness raising. Libélula’s theory of change focuses on creating a community+1 that gives a positive input to society

Foro Nacional Internacional (FNI)

FNI is a research centre founded in 1992 which aims at promoting sustainable development policies and democratic governance. It operates as a think-link-act organization not only producing research and policy ideas like a think-tank, but it also promotes operative networks and consultations with public and private institutions to promote policies (link) and, in specific cases, FNI also accompanies them to implement and comply with policies (act).

FNI concentrates in five thematic areas: (i) democratic governance, institutional reforms and development strategies; (ii) foresight and future studies; (iii) Development financing and cooperation; (iv) Knowledge and innovation for development; and (v) Inclusion, environment and sustainable development. 

The Equality Trust

The Equality Trust is a campaigning organisation founded in 2009 by Bill Kerry, Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett after the publication of Wikinson and Pickett's book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (2009). The book highlights the "pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption". The Equality Trust is dedicated to reducing income inequality and works through its local groups across the UK and a network of international equality groups.


tve is a registered charity founded in 1984 by the United Nations Environment Programme, WWF-UK, and Central Television and works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda. From aspiring filmmakers documenting the challenge of e-waste disposal to major corporations showcasing innovation, we help to give a voice and a platform to a new generation of filmmakers who want to see a greener and fairer world. tve films are broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers, screened to audiences ranging from policymakers to rickshaw drivers, and viewed online worldwide. Our films inspire change.

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability.

SEI’s vision is a sustainable future for all. Our mission is “to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development”.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid is a UK-based Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. From April 2012, Christian Aid's work will be focused around the goals and objectives identified in their corporate strategy, 'Partnership for change – the power to end poverty' .