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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...

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren...

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a...

Fresh Protest Brings Deforestation, Human Rights Concerns to Ralph Lauren Store

Demonstrators gathered outside SF storefront after recent Corporate Citizenship Report ignores major human rights and environmental risks in company’s fabric supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Activists gathered today outside of a San Francisco Ralph Lauren store, calling on the fashion giant to do more to cut deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain. Creating a festive event by handing out balloons to passersby printed with a brand jam of the company’s iconic logo turned into a saw blade, today’s event was one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against controversial fabrics like rayon and viscose. Tens of thousands of American shoppers have directly contacted Ralph Lauren to call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of forest-sourced fabrics and to ask the company to...

Conflict Palm Oil In An Instant: Activists Call On Instant Noodle Giant to Clean Up Its Supply Chain

Protesters gather outside corporate headquarters in wake of recent report calling out popular instant noodle companies as ‘worst performing’ laggards among the ‘Snack Food 20’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran. San Francisco, CA – Today, activists took action outside of Nissin Foods Holdings’ corporate office in Los Angeles, California, sending a direct communication to the instant noodle giant that it must do more to cut Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain. Today’s event at Nissin Foods is one more action in a growing consumer-driven movement against the controversial ingredient, as more and more American’s call attention to the disastrous environmental and social impacts of Conflict Palm Oil. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) recently released a new progress report, titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil, ranking the relative strength of palm oil commitments made since the...

Over 670,000 call on Ex-Im Bank to reject controversial Australian coal project

Abbot Point coal export terminal would harm Great Barrier Reef, worsen global climate change Photos from today’s petition delivery: http://bit.ly/1N2SjAu Washington, D.C.—Activists from a coalition of environmental groups delivered over 670,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) today to call on the bank to publicly reject financing for the controversial Carmichael coal mining and export project in Australia. Activists rallied in front of Ex-Im Bank headquarters wearing blue clothing and clownfish hats and holding a coral reef-themed banner to demand that U.S. taxpayer dollars not be used to bankroll the project, which threatens Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, as well as the global climate. If built, the Carmichael coal mine, along with an associated export terminal at Abbot Point, would dramatically increase coal production and exports from Australia's Galilee Basin, one of the largest stores of coal on the planet. The plan for...

Photo Blog: Journey to the Incense Forests

One of my favorite parts of my job is the time I spend visiting communities at the frontlines of the forest movement. These are the people I find the most inspiring – the people who not only go to their rice, or coffee, or rubber fields everyday, but also spend their nights in meetings, their few spare hours in protest. These are the people who face threats of violence – or death – from the companies and their henchmen. They are the one who spend a substantial portion of their incomes on transportation to the cities, where they hold protests and meet with decision makers.

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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...

San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights

On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last week, Ralph Lauren released its updated citizenship report, which describes the company’s work in the last year on environmental issues and its operating guidelines. This is a first step for the company;  Ralph Lauren updated the report to acknowledge that deforestation and human rights abuses are important issues the company needs to address. Now the real work begins. Ralph Lauren...

Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short

Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely used vegetable oil has been tied to the destruction of rainforests, carbon-rich peatlands and the abuse of human and worker rights. Maruchan sells 67% of the instant noodles eaten in the US and uses massive amounts of palm oil in their top selling instant noodles sold across the globe. The average package of ramen noodles is a whopping 20% palm oil (by weight) ...that’s a...

Photo Blog: Journey to the Incense Forests

One of my favorite parts of my job is the time I spend visiting communities at the frontlines of the forest movement. These are the people I find the most inspiring – the people who not only go to their rice, or coffee, or rubber fields everyday, but also spend their nights in meetings, their few spare hours in protest. These are the people who face threats of violence – or death – from the companies and their henchmen. They are the one who spend a substantial portion of their incomes on transportation to the cities, where they hold protests and meet with decision makers.

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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

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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...

    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...

    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 Tell the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank -- don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef! This is an outrage: The U.S. government should be investing in climate solutions, not throwing coal a financial lifeline and trashing a global treasure such as the Great Barrier Reef. Even Wall Street thinks the coal industry's plan to build a giant coal port in the middle of the reef is too toxic to fund; late last year, thanks to your activism, Rainforest Action Network secured...

    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...

    2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

    People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of...

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

    Posted by 07/27/15

    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 12 nations in the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and inclusion of a country with the lowest ranking in the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report would be problematic for the administration. The report is an annual assessment on human rights-related issues. The Wall Street Journal article “Palm-Oil Migrant...   Read more

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

    Posted by 07/27/15

    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...   Read more

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

    Posted by 07/21/15

    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...   Read more

    From the Field: Online Petitions and Indigenous Resistance

    Posted by 07/21/15

    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 other well. They have been fighting Toba Pulp Lestari, a pulp and paper company that produces the pulp that is used for rayon, viscose, and modal fabrics, for over a decade. Toba Pulp Lestari, or TPL, clear cut part of the forest that the community owns and relies on for...  Read more

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

    Posted by 07/27/15

    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 12 nations in the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and inclusion of a country with the lowest ranking in the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report would be problematic for the administration. The report is an annual assessment on human rights-related issues. The Wall Street Journal article “Palm-Oil Migrant...   Read more

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

    Posted by 07/27/15

    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...   Read more

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

    Posted by 07/21/15

    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...   Read more

    From the Field: Online Petitions and Indigenous Resistance

    Posted by 07/21/15

    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 other well. They have been fighting Toba Pulp Lestari, a pulp and paper company that produces the pulp that is used for rayon, viscose, and modal fabrics, for over a decade. Toba Pulp Lestari, or TPL, clear cut part of the forest that the community owns and relies on for...  Read more

    Ralph Lauren: Words vs. Reality

    Posted by 07/09/15

    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...   Read more

    Systems Change, Rainforests, and Racism

    Posted by 07/03/15

    “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...   Read more

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