Our principles

ACF stands for ecological sustainability. We get to the heart of environmental problems by tackling the underlying social and economic causes. 

We work across society to influence urgent, transformative action to deliver lasting change on the scale required to secure a sustainable environment. We bring people together to champion the true value of our environment and its critical role in sustaining all other systems and in achieving human wellbeing.

Our ambition to achieve ecological sustainability includes social justice and equity. We are informed by the crucial role played by Indigenous people and their traditional knowledge systems in caring for country and culture. Our work is ecological, respectful, wellinformed, practical, collaborative, empowering and resolute.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay respect to their elders past and present and to the pivotal role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play in caring for country across Australia.


All of ACF’s work is conducted according to the following principles:

Ecologically ethical

As articulated by the Earth Charter, we recognise that every form of life has value regardless of its worth to human beings, and the need to protect and restore the integrity of our ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life, while at the same time providing for social and economic justice.


We respect the rights, interests and perspectives of Australia’s diverse communities, now and in the future. We recognise Australia’s Indigenous peoples as the original custodians of this land.


We are informed by the best thinking available, including scientific and Indigenous knowledge.


We are solutions-oriented and committed to real-world delivery without compromising our goals.


We actively seek to identify common cause with others, including businesses, other community groups and Indigenous peoples.


We support individuals and communities as essential agents in transformation.


We will stick with our goals in the face of adversity and setbacks. We are prepared to challenge ourselves, conventional wisdom and established power structures in our proposals and actions.