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Sustainability Issues Shadow the Kraft Heinz Merger

Two food giants merge into one Conflict Palm Oil culprit San Francisco, CA - Yesterday’s merger of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and H.J Heinz Company combine two companies, both highlighted as laggards among Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) Snack Food 20 group, noted for their failure to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from their supply chains and brand products. Promoted by financier Warren Buffett as good news for shareholder value, the merger creates the world’s 5th largest food and beverage company, with a projected annual revenue of $28 billion and a massive environmental footprint. Both food companies have been profiled by...

Eat Plan(e)t-Based on March 20, Join Meatout 2015!

March 20th is an international day of action organized by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) that encourages the public to eat wholesome, nutritious plant-based foods for just one day. Called Meatout, the international campaign is part of a growing global movement that draws attention to the increasingly clear connection between industrial meat production and climate change, environmental degradation and animal abuse. Altogether, our industrial agriculture system is driving a whopping one third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that livestock contributes up to 18% of those emissions according to...

Brutal Murder in APP Plantation

Underlines the need to understand and address severe land conflicts and the disconnect between policy commitments and real change on the ground. Last Friday afternoon, February 27th, Indra Pelani, a 22 year-old from Lubuk Mandarsah village, Nick Karim from Simpang Niam village, and a member of WALHI, a Indonesian environmental group, attempted to pass through a gated checkpoint on a road which cuts through an Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) acacia plantation in the district of Tebo, Jambi Province, on the island of Sumatra. Indra and Karim were on their way to to...

Organizations Seek Stronger Labor Protections, Corporate Responsibility in Palm Oil Industry

Unprecedented coalition of human rights and environmental groups release recommendations for companies to eradicate labor abuses in supply chain Washington, D.C. – The growing global demand for palm oil has contributed to systemic human rights abuses of workers, including children, and requires stronger labor protections throughout the industry’s supply chain. Today, an unprecedented and diverse alliance of international human rights and environmental organizations released Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance. This guide is the first of its kind and details comprehensive recommendations to implement fair labor practices in the palm oil sector.   "Malaysia’s palm oil industry is heavily dependent upon the labor of migrant workers, but many of these workers fall prey to serious exploitation at the hands of their employers or recruitment agencies,” said Glorene Das, Executive Director of Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that campaigns for the rights of migrant workers, laborers and...

Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop a set of fair labor standards for palm oil production. A result of these efforts is the publication of a guide, Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance, being released publicly for the first time now. It is the first statement of...

PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Today PNC Financial Services Group joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that have officially sanctioned the coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal (MTR.) Citing concerns about the environmental and health impacts of MTR, as well as financial risks, PNC pledged to no longer extend credit to individual MTR mining projects or to firms with 25 percent or more of their production coming from MTR. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has for years worked to push the financial sector to disavow MTR, hailed the new PNC policy as a positive indication that MTR is increasingly seen as being unbankable. “PNC took a big step in the right direction today by acknowledging the serious health and environmental impacts of mountaintop removal, and by committing to reduce its exposure to this toxic practice. We’ll be...

Keystone XL Veto Means Nothing Without Final Rejection

  For immediate release: February 24, 2015 Following President Obama’s veto of Congressional pro-Keystone XL legislation, Rainforest Action Network Climate and Energy Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “We’re glad the president vetoed this cynical, politically-motivated stunt. However,...

RAN Slams Citigroup Over Greenwashing

Citigroup’s new clean energy commitment fails to reduce fossil fuel exposure In response to the announcement today of Citigroup’s five-year sustainability strategy and ten-year sustainability financing commitment, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Climate and Energy Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:

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Quaker Oats: Not so wholesome after all

PepsiCo would have you believe that its brand Quaker Oats puts “wholesome goodness in everything we do.” We highly doubt that. That Quaker Oats Chewy Bar in your child’s lunch? Well, we’re not sure if its full of wholesome goodness, but it certainly may be full of Conflict Palm Oil. With your help, we’ll set the record straight. Share this video now on Facebook and Twitter to let other families know that there’s more in Quaker Oats than meets the eye. PepsiCo, and its...

The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition

With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own. While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous, those gorgeous clothes can have a serious impact on forests and human rights. Controversial fabrics such as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal are leaving their mark--not on the red carpet, but on endangered forests--and creating serious impacts for Indigenous communities. Congrats, Rosamund - but we're worried about how that dress was made...  

Forest Destruction for Fashion Week?

When Rainforest Action Network launched our latest campaign, Out of Fashion, last September, few knew about the ugly secret hiding in beautiful clothes from luxury designers. Since then, thousands of activists have taken action urging companies to cut this destructive habit and lead on forests and human rights. From pledging not to buy rainforest destruction for the holidays, to stickering the tags of big name clothing brands, RAN supporters are calling on the Fashion 15 to eliminate destruction from their supply chains and be leaders on forest protection. This week, we’ve got a huge opportunity to help end deforestation and human rights abuses for fabric production, and we need your help. This week is Fashion Week in New York, a time where the biggest luxury designers in the world come together to show off their new collections. It’s a big deal in the fashion world, and that...

PepsiCo needs a Time Out

PepsiCo needs a Time Out. Between now and the end of February, Palm Oil Activists around the world are putting PepsiCo in a Time Out until it cuts Conflict Palm Oil. Why a Time Out? PepsiCo is acting like a stubborn child - one who wants all the toys (or profits) but none of the responsibility. We need your help to hold PepsiCo to account. PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo’s continued unwillingness to take responsibility for the consequences of the palm oil in its supply chain is shocking. The company continues to fry its chips and fill its products with palm oil sourced from controversial, unknown plantations -- products like its Quaker Oats Chewy bars that end up in lunch boxes every day....

Setting the Record Straight on PepsiCo’s Lackluster Palm Oil Commitment

  By any measure, 2014 was a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s biggest players announced groundbreaking global responsible palm oil policies that go above and beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and pledge to eliminate deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution from their palm oil supply chains. While major work remains to truly implement these newly achieved commitments into real change on the ground, there also remain major corporate laggards who have so far failed to raise their standards to the new global benchmark for responsible palm oil production set by their peers. Chief among these holdouts is PepsiCo, a company that uses so much palm oil annually it could fill soda cans...

Join the Palm Oil Action Team

We're looking for passionate activists to join our Palm Oil Action Team and take the lead to stop rainforest destruction caused by the snack food industry. Join the movement!

2014: A Breakthrough Year for Protecting Global Forests

2014 will long stand out as a breakthrough moment in RAN’s history. This is the year when our long term work reached a turning point and began to achieve truly systemic change,  transforming the destructive way palm oil is produced, traded and sold worldwide. 

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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 and for our communities—and a huge victory for the #NoKXL movement. Now it's time for the president to reject the pipeline once and for all. Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline! President Obama's veto threat is...

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 a mass movement that dreams big and takes bold action. Back in September, I woke up on a crisp clear New York morning and joined 3,000 people to shut down the city's financial district as a part of Flood Wall Street.  Responding to a call from the Climate Justice Alliance for civil disobedience actions...

2014 in Review: Big Banks Ditch Mountaintop Removal Coal

In 2014, leading global banks began to turn away from financing mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. For years, RAN and other organizations in Appalachia and around the world have warned banks of the severe human and environmental consequences of financing MTR coal. And finally, banks have begun to respond. This year, building on commitments from two US banks, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, several other banks indicated that they would not finance the largest MTR producers. As of this spring, the French bank BNP Paribas had made a similar commitment, followed by the UK-based Royal Bank of Scotland in late Spring. Then, in August, the Swiss bank, UBS indicated that it too would no longer finance major MTR producers. Look for more banks to follow suit in early 2015. Also in 2014, the environmental and health impacts of MTR became...

Remembering Becky Tarbotton, 1973 - 2012

It has been two years since we lost our dear friend Becky Tarbotton, and two years since the environmental movement lost a rare and visionary force. We still miss Becky every day. And we still feel her influence and her energy throughout our offices and throughout all of our work. For me, this connection is very personal – Becky was the person who hired me on at RAN.  And she did so in her own inimitable and intense fashion. What I thought was going to be a drawn out process was instead one face-to-face meeting followed by a phone call just hours before I was to board an international flight.  She was offering me a chance to lead the campaign against Cargill and the fight to save the most rapidly disappearing rainforests on the planet. “If you want to take...

2014 in Review: Goldman Sachs Sacks Coal Terminal Investment

Your voice was heard. For communities of the Pacific Northwest, 2014 started off with some good news. On January 7, Goldman Sachs sold off its share in SSA Marine, the corporation behind a colossal coal export terminal proposal near Bellingham, Washington that threatens to ruin the rich biodiversity and unique cultural legacy found in the region. If built, the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point would be the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country, with up to 18 mile-long coal trains traveling through local communities every day and nearly 48 million tons of coal exported to Asian markets each year.  Goldman Sachs’ move away from SSA Marine and their coal terminal came after coal companies and their proponents tabled or dropped three out of six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest in the previous two years. And it would not have happened...

BUY NOTHING

BUY NOTHING, skip the #BlackFriday madness and take a stand.

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Tell Quaker: A few extra pennies to save Orangutans

Posted by 03/31/15

This morning two dozen activists stormed a grocery store in San Francisco to convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to cut Conflict Palm Oil. The activists re-branded shelves displaying Quaker brand items to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. We need your help to amplify this call to action! Activists storm a grocery store in San Francisco, calling for an end to Conflict Palm Oil in Quaker brand products. PepsiCo, and its brand Quaker, spends huge amounts of money on advertising every year, trying to convince moms and dads that Quaker is a brand that we can trust, yet they are unwilling to spend a few extra pennies to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions. Will PepsiCo fix the gaps in its palm oil commitment...   Read more

Activists Storm SF Grocery Store to Expose Controversy in Quaker’s Products

Posted by 03/31/15

Grassroots group from around the country calls on PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org ***Colorful, high-resolution images of grocery store flash mob protest, available here   San Francisco, CA – Today, two dozen activists from across the United States ‘flash mobbed’ a popular grocery store in San Francisco, CA, engaging store customers and rebranding shelves filled with Quaker products, a PepsiCo brand containing controversial palm oil. This month’s wave of grocery store actions furthers a growing national trend of public outcry against the use of Conflict Palm Oil. The freshly energized movement received high profile coverage recently when a spoof Super Bowl ad went wildly viral that targeted PepsiCo’s Doritos brand over the product’s connection to rainforest destruction and human rights violations. The festive activists dressed in orangutan costumes and affixed stickers and placards on the store’s food aisles...   Read more

Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by 03/31/15

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 Thanks to your pressure last year, many 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. But the Reef is still in danger. As...   Read more

The Human Cost of Forest Fabrics

Posted by 03/30/15

Behind the shiny exteriors and glossy magazine advertisements of American fashion brands hides some disturbing truths. Communities like those in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Northern Sumatra, featured in the short film below by Handcrafted Films, are being harmed by the production of clothing sold by big name companies like Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and other companies in RAN’s ‘Fashion 15.’ The clothing we buy is driving the destruction of the forests of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, and decimating the way the communities there have supported themselves for 17 generations. Here’s how the destruction of benzoin forests in Indonesia becomes part of our clothing:   We need to tell fashion companies that this sort of destruction is totally unacceptable. Some companies have already stepped up as leaders; H&M, Zara,...  Read more

Tell Quaker: A few extra pennies to save Orangutans

Posted by 03/31/15

This morning two dozen activists stormed a grocery store in San Francisco to convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to cut Conflict Palm Oil. The activists re-branded shelves displaying Quaker brand items to warn customers that Quaker products may contain Conflict Palm Oil. We need your help to amplify this call to action! Activists storm a grocery store in San Francisco, calling for an end to Conflict Palm Oil in Quaker brand products. PepsiCo, and its brand Quaker, spends huge amounts of money on advertising every year, trying to convince moms and dads that Quaker is a brand that we can trust, yet they are unwilling to spend a few extra pennies to help save orangutans from extinction and keep children out of slave labor conditions. Will PepsiCo fix the gaps in its palm oil commitment...   Read more

Activists Storm SF Grocery Store to Expose Controversy in Quaker’s Products

Posted by 03/31/15

Grassroots group from around the country calls on PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org ***Colorful, high-resolution images of grocery store flash mob protest, available here   San Francisco, CA – Today, two dozen activists from across the United States ‘flash mobbed’ a popular grocery store in San Francisco, CA, engaging store customers and rebranding shelves filled with Quaker products, a PepsiCo brand containing controversial palm oil. This month’s wave of grocery store actions furthers a growing national trend of public outcry against the use of Conflict Palm Oil. The freshly energized movement received high profile coverage recently when a spoof Super Bowl ad went wildly viral that targeted PepsiCo’s Doritos brand over the product’s connection to rainforest destruction and human rights violations. The festive activists dressed in orangutan costumes and affixed stickers and placards on the store’s food aisles...   Read more

Tweet to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Posted by 03/31/15

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 Thanks to your pressure last year, many 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. But the Reef is still in danger. As...   Read more

The Human Cost of Forest Fabrics

Posted by 03/30/15

Behind the shiny exteriors and glossy magazine advertisements of American fashion brands hides some disturbing truths. Communities like those in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Northern Sumatra, featured in the short film below by Handcrafted Films, are being harmed by the production of clothing sold by big name companies like Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, and other companies in RAN’s ‘Fashion 15.’ The clothing we buy is driving the destruction of the forests of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta, and decimating the way the communities there have supported themselves for 17 generations. Here’s how the destruction of benzoin forests in Indonesia becomes part of our clothing:   We need to tell fashion companies that this sort of destruction is totally unacceptable. Some companies have already stepped up as leaders; H&M, Zara,...  Read more

Eat Plan(e)t-Based on March 20, Join Meatout 2015!

Posted by 03/19/15

March 20th is an international day of action organized by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) that encourages the public to eat wholesome, nutritious plant-based foods for just one day....   Read more

Brutal Murder in APP Plantation

Posted by 03/06/15

Underlines the need to understand and address severe land conflicts and the disconnect between policy commitments and real change on the ground. Last Friday afternoon, February...   Read more

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