This Guidance Note was jointly produced by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The Guidance Note results from a survey carried out among a selection of parliaments, governments and Red Cross National Societies. It is a practical tool aimed at assisting parliaments and other actors in developing an enabling legal environment for volunteerism. The publication highlights the principal considerations and provisions required in any legal framework for the further development of volunteerism. It examines the main areas of law that can impact on volunteerism, and proposes some key elements to be taken into account in the relevant legislative processes.