About us

We investigate and campaign against environmental crime and abuse.

Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants and tigers and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops such as palm oil. We work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by addressing the threats posed by plastic pollution, bycatch and commercial exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Finally, we reduce the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector. We use our findings in hard-hitting reports to campaign for new leglislation, improved governance and more effective enforcement.

Our field experience is used to provide guidance to enforcement agencies and we form partnerships with local groups and activists and support their work through hands-on training.


Diligent, carefully planned undercover investigations are at the heart of EIA’s work, going out to the frontlines of environmental crime and returning with the credible intelligence and persuasive imagery necessary to confirm the findings of our preliminary research and tip-offs in the field.

The more complex and potentially dangerous cases see investigators setting up false front companies and well-researched fake identities, allowing them to infiltrate potentially criminal organisations and get close to the key individuals suspected of involvement.



The evidence sourced in the field is used by EIA to raise awareness and to advocate meaningful change and policy reforms, lobbying those in power and producing authoritative reports and compelling short films.

We also identify and advocate solutions to the problems we expose, a major focus of which is the role played by consumer demand for products harming the environment, from illegal logging to supermarket refrigeration.



EIA works closely with a number of other organisations, developing close partnerships with local NGOs around the world as well as engaging with wildlife and customs enforcement agencies at international and national levels; for example, we provide hard intelligence to Interpol and the World Customs Organisation, while our bespoke training films on illegal trades are used by enforcement agencies worldwide.



How we are funded

We recognise the important responsibilities we have towards wildlife and the environment, our donors and supporters, staff and the public. We ensure that we are accountable and transparent in all aspects of our work, and in how we use the funds that are so generously donated for the work we undertake.


Where do you get your income from?
16% of all our income was donated by kind people like you. Project grants make up the majority of our other income.*

What are your admin costs?
0.3p of each pound spent was on administration and governance – ensuring EIA is run properly.*

How much do you spend on fundraising?
7p of each pound spent was used for fundraising. And for each pound we spent on fundraising we raised £23.*

How much do you spend on support staff salaries?
9p of each pound spent was on staff costs like management and finance – to ensure projects are effective, and that we take good care of your donations.*

How much is spent directly on projects?
93p of each pound spent was for projects tackling wildlife crime and protecting the environment.*

Our staff work hard to protect threatened species and tackle environmental abuse, and keep the organisation running effectively. We know that you are as passionate as we are about seeing real results for wildlife. So, we are committed to ensuring value for money in everything we do and this includes how we remunerate our staff. We operate a policy that is fair, equitable and consistent to attract, motivate and retain capable staff who have the skills and experience needed to implement the work we do, and get the results you expect of us.

*figures are a consolidated view of EIA UK (not for profit company 7752350) and EIA Trust (registered charity 1145359, and Ltd company 7844550). The figures are derived from the most recent (2015) audited accounts of both organisations. To see this consolidated view you can also read our Impact Report 2015.

For a full understanding of the financial affairs of EIA UK and EIA Trust please see the financial statements and reports of both organisations directly at the Charity Commission and Companies House.



The Environmental Investigation Agency in the UK is formed of two entities:

Environmental Investigation Agency (UK) Ltd is a not-for-profit company (section 5 of the Articles of Association), number 7752350 (August 25, 2011). EIA (UK) Ltd carries out the work set out in agreed annual strategies and employs all staff. Governance of the company is overseen by a board of directors. Operationally, the company is managed by a senior management team;

• Environmental Investigation Agency Trust Ltd is a registered charity, number 1145359 (January 10, 2012), and a private limited company by guarantee, number 7844550 (November 11, 2011). The ‘Trust’ is primarily a fundraising body managed by a Trustee board which grants income to the Environmental Investigation Agency (UK) Ltd to support projects included in agreed annual strategies.

These entities replaced, in March 2012, earlier formations of companies/charities called EIA whose structure was no longer appropriate.

There is also an EIA (USA) which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity based in Washington DC.  The organisations work on joint funding applications and on some projects but there is no legal connection between them.

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