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Profile of registrant

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. , Friends of the Earth Germany

Identification number in the register: 83237681344-24
Registration date: 11/03/09 15:23:52

The information on this organisation was last modified on 05/01/15 12:15:21
The date of the last annual update was 12/02/14 09:06:25

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. , Friends of the Earth Germany
Acronym: BUND e.V.
Legal status: eingetragener Verein
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Olaf Bandt
Position: Bundesgeschäftsführer Politik & Kommunikation

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Olaf Bandt
Position: Bundesgeschäftsführer Politik & Kommunikation

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 1 Am Köllnischen Park 
Berlin 10179
Telephone number: (+4930) 2758640
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-confessional federal grassroots NGO with about 480,000 members and supporters. Donations and membership fees make up almost 80 per cent of BUND’s revenue and ensure its political independence.
BUND was founded in 1975. Now, as then, there are many reasons to get involved in nature conservation and environmental protection, which is why BUND members have been working voluntarily since our founding in local and district groups in the service of nature. They plant hedges, create ponds, take care of protected areas and fight for the preservation of valuable areas. In this way, the landscape around us becomes visibly more varied, diversified and colourful.
Organised in 2,200 local groups and initiatives, committed and competent people are taking actions against the destruction of nature and the environment. There are 16 regional BUND sections, the oldest of which were founded more than 90 years ago. The most recent ones were founded in the new federal states after the Berlin Wall collapsed.
By now, more than 40,000 young BUND people are involved in 600 youth and 200 children’s groups. Our success is remarkable, ranging from the nationwide projects “The Bet” and the children’s environment day, to the “Adopt a Brook” programme and local toad protection activities.
Above all, BUND’s focus is on how we want to live in the future. What constitutes a sustainable political approach which is environmentally-friendly and ensures the right to an equitable existence for both our children and the people in the southern hemisphere? BUND is effectively involved in working on the enormous challenges of environmental policy. Our commitment to foster the use of renewable energies, to ban the production of genetically modified food and fodder, and to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in everyday life is always based on concrete alternative options and solutions.
Since 1989 we have been the German partner organisation in the global Friends of the Earth network. Together with more than 70 other independent environmental organisations we take a worldwide stand against the exploitation of nature and the environment.

BUND is committed to transparency about EU interest representation. BUND believes that this register fails basic transparency standards and that it does not provide EU lobbying transparency. When registering, we have therefore chosen to give all relevant information that we consider necessary for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of BUND, carry out such activities. Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on or
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 5
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

In BUND federal agency in Berlin about 15 staff are dealing with regenerative energies, infrastructure planning, sustainability, species and nature conservation, the risks of nuclear power, climate change, genetic engineering, chemistry and other topics. The contact with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions had mainly taken place through our partner organisations Friends of the Earth and the European Environmental Bureau in Brussels. Direct contact by BUND staff had only taken place selective concerning German federal politics.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Internal Market
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Transport
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 480,000
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Since 1989 we have been the German partner organisation in the global Friends of the Earth network. Friends of the Earth Europe unites more than 30 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International.

BUND is also member of, inter alia:
Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR, umbrella organization of German environmental NGOs),
Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (FUE, network of German NGOs following the CBD-process),
European Environmental Bureau (EEB),

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 19,405,498
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 19,405,498
- donations:
- contributions from members: 6,402,249
Spenden : 6,700,596
Sonstige Einnahmen : 1,962,892
Verwendung von Rücklagen : 1,099,051
Erbschaften und Bußgelder : 1,062,929
Projektzuschüsse : 2,177,781
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year:
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

For further information in German please refer to

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.