Green Economy Coalition

Article, 25 April 2011

The Green Economy Coalition (GEC) brings together environment, development, trade union, consumer and business sectors from the North and South. The GEC is committed to a common cause: accelerating a transition to a new green economy.

Green Economy Coalition logoThe Green Economy Coalition (GEC) is the world's largest movement for green and fair economies.

An alliance of civil society organisations, trade unions, businesses and campaigners, the GEC is building a movement for change from the ground up. Our aim is a green economy that benefits people first, especially the poorest, and respects ecological limits.

Our diverse and growing membership network of more than 50 organisations is tackling some of the biggest challenges of today: extreme poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss, rising inequality, and weak governance.

But members are united in recognition that these issues cannot be tackled alone. They are symptoms of an economic system that is ill-equipped to respond to today's global challenges. Our members are all committed to systemic economic reform.

The coalition is a new type of institution that wires together multiple organisations into shared positions and collective action. Together, we:

  • Build understanding between business, civil society and government through national and regional dialogue processes
  • Support civil society green economy hubs in seven countries
  • Explore the opportunities of greener, fairer economics for different constituencies 
  • Champion the voices of the excluded and marginalised in economic policy discussions, and
  • Bust economic assumptions and myths through new thinking and research.

Our website is a constantly updated hub featuring reporting, analysis and commentary from the front lines of the transition to a fair, green economy for all. Learn more – and get involved in our work – at

Key publications

Wealth of Nature Report (PDF): an academic study conducted by the Oxford Martin School, exploring how mainstream economic theory is ignoring the natural foundations of human prosperity

The Green Economy Barometer for 2017 (PDF): an overview of green economy and development news from 2017

Green Economy Coalition posters (PDF): an introduction to our work


Oliver Greenfield (, convenor, Green Economy Coalition