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RSPO responds to Modern Day Slavery Findings on RSPO Member Felda Global Venture’s Plantations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 4, 2015 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, laurel@ran.org RSPO responds to Modern Day Slavery Findings on RSPO Member Felda Global Venture’s Plantations Coalition of NGOs continues call for an open investigation into The Wall Street Journal’s findings August 4, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) - On the heels of a major investigative article from The Wall Street Journal exposing serious human rights and labor abuses in Malaysian grower Felda Global Venture’s plantations, a coalition of civil society groups issued...

The High Cost of High Fashion: New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses On Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 4 2015   ***Full case study report available here   CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161, Laurel@ran.org   The High Cost of High Fashion: New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses On Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production Report implicates popular American brands, including Ralph Lauren, for their use of forest-sourced fabrics like Rayon   San Francisco, CA – A new report released today documents decades of human rights abuses suffered by communities at the frontlines of plantation expansion for tree-based fabric production....

Obama Administration Rewards Malaysia with Improved Human Trafficking Status One Day After Wall Street Journal Exposes Human Trafficking on Palm Oil Plantations

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal coincides with sudden shift in Malaysia’s ranking; WSJ reports: "They buy and sell us like cattle," says palm oil worker. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, Emma@ran.org, (425) 281-1989 | Christopher Herrera, Christopher@ran.org, (510) 290-5282   July 27, 2015 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - The Obama administration has removed Malaysia from the list of worst offenders for human trafficking and forced labor today, one day after The Wall Street Journal published an extensive report on human trafficking and forced labor on Malaysian palm oil plantations that directly supply major U.S. companies. Malaysia is one of...

Joint NGO Statement: Modern Day Slavery Found on RSPO Member Felda Global Venture’s Plantations

Coalition of NGOs calls on the RSPO, Malaysian Government and international buyers for an open investigation into The Wall Street Journal’s findings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, Emma@ran.org, (425) 281 - 1989   July 27, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) - On the heels of a major investigative article from The  Wall Street Journal exposing serious human rights and labor abuses in Malaysian grower Felda Global Venture’s plantations, a coalition of civil society groups is calling on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for an open investigation into the abuses. Conditions including human trafficking, forced labor, and withholding of wages were documented, all of which are violations of the RSPO’s Principles and Criteria, as well as basic human rights.   “Malaysia’s palm oil industry is heavily dependent upon the labor of migrant workers, and time and time...

Bank of America’s Coal Policy: A Bold Challenge to U.S. Banks on Climate

Last month, Bank of America published its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which addressed the bank’s financing policies and practices in detail. This blog post looks back on the bank’s release of its updated coal policy in May, and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the policy update and what it means for the banking sector’s financing of coal more broadly. Overall: Bank of America’s new coal policy is both groundbreaking and imperfect. It acknowledges that the bank has a responsibility not only to finance the transition to low-carbon energy but also to cut financing for high-carbon energy sources. The policy goes well beyond comparable policies at the bank’s U.S. peers by committing to a broad cutback to BofA’s lending for coal mining both in the U.S. and internationally. However, this commitment lacks public-facing detail in terms of targets and deadlines, and fails to address the bank’s...

From the Field: Online Petitions and Indigenous Resistance

In this era of clicktavism, it can be incredibly hard to understand the impact that signing an online petition can have. It feels like our support disappears into the ether – sometimes landing on the ears of people who are ready to make changes, sometimes not. But, when those petitions are directly in support of specific communities and their struggles, those signatures can have a direct, and powerful, impact.

  • 07/21/15
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Systems Change, Rainforests, and Racism

“What Does ______ Have to Do with Rainforests?!”This week, RAN posted a message of support on Facebook about the courageous civil disobedience by Bree Newsome in South Carolina. And, as a testament to the social justice leanings of our community, our post was met with...

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From the Field: Online Petitions and Indigenous Resistance

It was 8:30 PM when we finally sat down with the community leaders in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta. These leaders work all day, tapping the benzoin trees in the jungles of Northern Sumatra. These trees produce a sap used for products from incense to medicine. Only once the community leaders come back to the village, often after hours of walking through the forest, do they have time to sit together and talk about how to protect their land. The men and women in this gathering – maybe about 10 people total – knew each...

Ralph Lauren: Words vs. Reality

The campaign against Ralph Lauren is heating up. Last month, there were protests in both New York and San Francisco — and thousands of you are taking action to pressure the company. If you’ve been following the campaign, you may already know that fabrics like rayon and viscose may contain rainforest destruction and egregious human rights abuses. If you haven’t, it may surprise you to learn that huge fashion companies rely on this deforestation to create its latest trends. These fabrics are actually produced by processing trees into fiber and weaving that fiber into fabric — making these...

Systems Change, Rainforests, and Racism

“What Does ______ Have to Do with Rainforests?!”This week, RAN posted a message of support on Facebook about the courageous civil disobedience by Bree Newsome in South Carolina. And, as a testament to the social justice leanings of our community, our post was met with predominant support. Post by rainforestactionnetwork.However, there was also the de rigeur Internet Indignance. “Why is an environmental group talking about ____?” “What does this have to do with rainforests?!!” “You no longer have my support!” We always expect these responses. Yet when we touch on issues involving race in the United States, those responses always seem a little louder. And a lot uglier.Systems Change: It’s What We DoOf course, Rainforest Action Network is no stranger to civil disobedience or controversy. For 30 years, one of RAN’s core advocacy strategies has been to challenge corporate power and systems...

Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters

At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We had a box packed with information cards calling on Nissin Foods to cut Conflict Palm Oil, we had our banner, freshly painted from the night before and of course, we had “Strawberry”, our charismatic orangutan costume, waiting by the door. We had planned to get to the gates of the Nissin Foods headquarters in Los Angeles, CA at 6:30am so we could greet staff upon their arrival. This headquarters is ground zero in our efforts to cut Conflict Palm Oil as it is where the majority of the country’s Top Ramen and Cup Noodle are made, products at risk of containing this controversial ingredient.   Nissin Foods is one of the Snack Food 20, a group of...

A Missed Opportunity for Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren's citizenship report represents a small step for the company, but it lacks the specificity to protect forests and communities in a meaningful way. Demand a real policy here.

  • 06/24/15
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Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced”.1 Never again. The president can help ensure there are no more disasters like the Deepwater Horizon — and establish his climate legacy at the same time. Call on President Obama to stop leasing our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry. ...

Gulf Residents Occupy BP HQ Ahead of Gulf Oil Disaster 5-Year Mark

A group of Gulf Coast residents staged a sit-in style occupation this morning inside the main entrance to BP’s Houston headquarters. The activists said this is the first of many demonstrations yet to come across the Gulf South leading up to the April 20th five year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed eleven workers and spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days. We have wrapped up our live blog. Thanks for joining us! More events are happening this week. Click here for the full list of events during...

Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef

The U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank wants to finance a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk. We are calling on Fred Hochberg, Chair of the Export-Import Bank, to stop the destruction.Click the links below to send a tweet and take action: .@fredhochberg, will @EximBankUS damage the #GreatBarrierReef by funding Abbot Point coal port expansion? #savethereef .@fredhochberg Hi Fred! Will @EximBankUS be financing Adani's coal export terminal in the Great Barrier Reef? #savethereef .@fredhochberg don’t let @EximBankUS fund #GreatBarrierReef destruction! #savethereef

  • 03/31/15
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  • Guest Blog: Patrick Robbins, Sane Energy Project

    The message below comes to you from Patrick Robbins, an ally and activist working to promote wind power for Long Island's energy future for the following petition. Sometimes you have a choice that’s just a no-brainer. Right now, Long Island is considering whether or not to lease part of the ocean off of its south shore for wind power. This area could generate up to 700 MW of energy for New York homes, and would be far enough offshore that most residents would never see it. The wind power companies are ready to go, and studies indicate that such a project would generate many thousands of jobs. Sounds great, right?  Here’s the thing—there’s also a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port being considered in the exact same location. This is Liberty Natural Gas’s Port Ambrose project, a dirty...

    Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef

    Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal port expansion — a deal that would wreck the Reef and cook the climate! Now it’s time to amplify our message by making a call to the bank. Here’s how you can help: Call this number: 1-800-565-EXIM (or 1-800-565-3946) The line is open from 8am-8pm Eastern time. Leave a message if your receive a recording. If you get a live operator, politely tell them why you called: “I’m calling to tell the Ex-Im Bank not to finance Great Barrier Reef destruction!  Please pass the following message on to chairman Hochberg. The proposed Abbot Point coal port in Australia would damage the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage site, and cook the climate. It’s too dirty for Wall...

    RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline

    For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org EPA gives the president everything he needs to reject Keystone In response to comments by the Environmental Protection Agency released today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “The EPA’s comments today on Keystone XL confirm what we’ve long known to be true: that this pipeline would be an utter disaster for the climate. For a president who has pledged to reject the pipeline if it fails the climate test, these comments should be the final verdict on the matter. We look forward to President Obama heeding the EPA’s words and putting this pipeline to rest once and for all.” ###  

    Don’t let Big Coal destroy the Great Barrier Reef

    Thanks to your pressure, several of the world’s largest banks have said “no” to financing a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk.1 But now, news reports have revealed that the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank is considering financing this destructive project.2...

    Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

    For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org San Francisco—In response to today’s ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This decision...

    President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

    Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate...

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    Coal Finance Case Study: FirstEnergy's Failed Bet on Coal Power

    Posted by 08/03/15

    As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to the Paris climate summit this year, we are highlighting case studies of destructive coal projects and failed investments in coal infrastructure around the world. This case study, authored by Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club highlights FirstEnergy’s financial struggles associated with a failed bet on coal-fired power. FirstEnergy’s coal plants continue to be a huge financial burden, with the company now asking Ohio regulators to allow it to dump the cost of operating the company’s uneconomic power plants on its customers.   In 2014, Tony Alexander, FirstEnergy's CEO stood up before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defend coal and deride energy efficiency, wind, solar, demand response, and virtually any other form of clean energy innovation taking place in the U.S. electric...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Lindsay Vanderhoogt

    Posted by 08/03/15

    This past March, Palm Oil Activists from around the country gathered in the San Francisco Bay Area for a five-day campaign organizing and direct actions training with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigners and staff. These activists now make up the inspiring Palm Oil Action Team Leaders, and are taking the tools and skills they learned from the trainings back to their respective hometowns, where they are educating and mobilizing their communities to take action against Conflict Palm Oil. We will be releasing a series of blog with each one telling a story of a different leader. Here is part 1 of the series: Lindsay’s story on how her journey with activism began and why the issue of Conflict Palm Oil motivates the work that she does. If you live in the Boston, MA area and feel inspired by Lindsay’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Leaders: Cailie Kafura

    Posted by 08/03/15

    Cailie is a 21 year old activist from Wisconsin and a vibrant member of the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders group. The 4th addition to our current 7 part blog series focused on the Leaders, this blog reveals how Cailie’s passion for environmental and social justice motivates the work that she does in her community and on the Conflict Palm Oil campaign. If you live near the Green Bay, WI area and feel inspired by Cailie’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Cailie Kafura, 21, Green Bay, WI From a very young age, Cailie has been an environmentalist, striving to make the world a better place. She has always felt an inherent responsibility to care for the earth and all its inhabitants, and acted upon this feeling...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Jacob Foster

    Posted by 08/03/15

    Here is part 5 of our 7 part series to introduce some the of leading activists at RAN, our Palm Oil Action Leaders. These amazing people are taking on the highest level of action with our palm oil campaign, and we want you to know who they are, so you take action with them in your hometowns. Below is Jacob’s story, an activist from Chicago, on what inspired him to apply to the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit and how his experience at the Summit impacted him. If you live in the Chicago, IL area and feel inspired by Jacob’s story, sign up to work with him by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Jacob Foster, 30, Chicago, IL Jacob has been an activist and organizer in the Midwest since 2009. His first introduction to Rainforest Action Network was in...  Read more

    Coal Finance Case Study: FirstEnergy's Failed Bet on Coal Power

    Posted by 08/03/15

    As part of RAN's work to call on banks to commit to the Paris Pledge and end financing for coal and coal-fired power prior to the Paris climate summit this year, we are highlighting case studies of destructive coal projects and failed investments in coal infrastructure around the world. This case study, authored by Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club highlights FirstEnergy’s financial struggles associated with a failed bet on coal-fired power. FirstEnergy’s coal plants continue to be a huge financial burden, with the company now asking Ohio regulators to allow it to dump the cost of operating the company’s uneconomic power plants on its customers.   In 2014, Tony Alexander, FirstEnergy's CEO stood up before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to defend coal and deride energy efficiency, wind, solar, demand response, and virtually any other form of clean energy innovation taking place in the U.S. electric...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Lindsay Vanderhoogt

    Posted by 08/03/15

    This past March, Palm Oil Activists from around the country gathered in the San Francisco Bay Area for a five-day campaign organizing and direct actions training with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigners and staff. These activists now make up the inspiring Palm Oil Action Team Leaders, and are taking the tools and skills they learned from the trainings back to their respective hometowns, where they are educating and mobilizing their communities to take action against Conflict Palm Oil. We will be releasing a series of blog with each one telling a story of a different leader. Here is part 1 of the series: Lindsay’s story on how her journey with activism began and why the issue of Conflict Palm Oil motivates the work that she does. If you live in the Boston, MA area and feel inspired by Lindsay’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Leaders: Cailie Kafura

    Posted by 08/03/15

    Cailie is a 21 year old activist from Wisconsin and a vibrant member of the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders group. The 4th addition to our current 7 part blog series focused on the Leaders, this blog reveals how Cailie’s passion for environmental and social justice motivates the work that she does in her community and on the Conflict Palm Oil campaign. If you live near the Green Bay, WI area and feel inspired by Cailie’s story, sign up to work with her by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Cailie Kafura, 21, Green Bay, WI From a very young age, Cailie has been an environmentalist, striving to make the world a better place. She has always felt an inherent responsibility to care for the earth and all its inhabitants, and acted upon this feeling...   Read more

    Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Jacob Foster

    Posted by 08/03/15

    Here is part 5 of our 7 part series to introduce some the of leading activists at RAN, our Palm Oil Action Leaders. These amazing people are taking on the highest level of action with our palm oil campaign, and we want you to know who they are, so you take action with them in your hometowns. Below is Jacob’s story, an activist from Chicago, on what inspired him to apply to the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit and how his experience at the Summit impacted him. If you live in the Chicago, IL area and feel inspired by Jacob’s story, sign up to work with him by clicking the sign-up link at the bottom of the page! Jacob Foster, 30, Chicago, IL Jacob has been an activist and organizer in the Midwest since 2009. His first introduction to Rainforest Action Network was in...  Read more

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