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Report from Riau: APRIL's "Sustainable Forest Management Policy" One Year On

This guest blog comes to us from Isnadi Esman, the elected Secretary General of the Riau Network of Peatland Communities (JMGR), a community based organization dedicated to securing land rights and improving livelihoods of communities living in the peatland landscapes of the Indonesian province of Riau in Sumatra. Riau province is ground zero for the conversion of peatlands and displacement of peatland communities by the pulp and paper industry. Isandi is from a community on the island of Pulau Padang that has been struggling with APRIL, Indonesia’s biggest forest destroyer and part of the Royal Golden Eagle Group cartel,...

Don't Miss Out: Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit

You’re going to want to clear your schedule. This. Is. Huge. I’m really excited to tell you about the next big thing happening with the Palm Oil Action Team: The first ever Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit! The Palm Oil Action Team is making some of the largest companies in the world change their policies and their practices to protect the precious rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia. We're winning, but there is still more work to be done. That's why I am so excited to invite you to join the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit. When...

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...

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...

New Report Finds Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; Provides Recommendations for Improvement

On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415 246 0161, laurel@ran.org  San Francisco, CA – A field-based survey to investigate Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) performance, provide input into an evaluation of APP’s progress on fulfilling its social responsibility commitments, and make recommendations to the company finds little on-the-ground evidence to date that APP is taking sufficient action to resolve land conflict issues. With the exception of progress in two communities where it is piloting conflict resolution approaches, there has been little change for communities embroiled in land disputes with the company. Hundreds of land conflicts remain and APP has been failing to involve affected communities and other key stakeholders in the identification, analysis and resolution of these conflicts. The study, which was...

The #NoKXL Movement Shows Up in Force

Yesterday the movement to stop Keystone XL showed up in force once again, with thousands of you coming together at 158 events in all 50 states—all organized in about 72 hours! Even more impressive, many events happened in the bitter cold of winter, with...

Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States

January 13, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 507-412-7609Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, claire@ran.org, 646-641-6431Josh Nelson, CREDO, jnelson@credoaction.com, 202-550-6175Karthik Ganapathy, 350.org, karthik@350.org, (347) 881-3784Mark Westlund, Sierra Club, mark.westlund@sierraclub.org, 415-977-5719David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david@priceofoil.org, 202-316-3499 Keystone XL Opponents Rally...

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