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Palm Oil: Where to From Here?

As Rainforest Action Network’s palm oil campaigners wrap up a full, fast and furious week here at the 12th annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we can’t help but reflect a bit on this pivotal moment. This dispatch is meant to shed some light on what we see next for the responsible palm oil movement.  Let’s be real: palm oil plantations are directly descended from a colonial model that requires artificially cheap (read: stolen) land and artificially cheap (read: slave) labor to be profitable,...

Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group

  Joint Press Statement 20th November 2014 Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Five of the world’s leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers today announce their support to drive the transformation of their sector towards responsible palm oil production and sourcing. Ferrero, REWE Group, EDEKA, Boulder Brands and Stephenson have all announced their support for the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), by joining NGOs and palm oil producers seeking to break the link between palm oil and deforestation, social conflict and carbon emissions. Growing support amongst buyers...

Major Importer IOI Falls Short in Latest Pledge to Eliminate Conflict Palm Oil

Despite sector movement toward more responsible palm oil production, IOI Loders Croklaan new policy does not cover all IOI Group’s plantations and operations. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 14, 2014 CONTACT: Christopher J. Herrera, 510.290.5282, Christopher@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, consumers and environmental and social justice organizations, IOI Loders Croklaan announced new palm oil commitments today. IOI Loders Croklaan has stated its intention to eliminate palm oil in its supply chain that is associated with deforestation, degradation of carbon-rich peatlands or failure to protect Indigenous and other human and worker rights.   IOI Loders Croklaan is a major importer of palm oil into the United States. Its parent company IOI Group has large plantation holdings in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as sourcing from third-party suppliers. Unlike other leading palm oil traders, Wilmar and Golden Agri Resources, IOI has yet to...

Southern Forests Aren't Fuel

Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel. Tell E.U. policymakers to Save Our Southern forests!  Forests aren’t fuel. But biomass companies are cutting down whole trees to burn in European power plants. This scourge is huge, and it’s growing. From Louisiana to Virginia, there are 20 wood pellet facilities up and running, and 33 more being proposed.1 Wood pellet exports from the U.S. doubled last year, from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013 -- and they’ve been projected to nearly double again by next year, to 5.7 million tons in 2015. 99% of U.S. exports came from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and 98% went to Europe.2 This is all a terrible unintended...

Report: Global Biodiversity Hotspot Threatened; Fate of Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem Depends on Actions by Indonesian President and Palm Oil Giant Musim Mas

Rainforest Action Network releases evidence linking Musim Mas to deforestation in Leuser Ecosystem; says approval of Aceh spatial plan on new president’s desk would be ‘disastrous’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 CONTACT: Before 11/13, contact Laurel Sutherlin, Laurel@ran.org (U.S. 415.246.0161) After 11/13 contact Christopher Herrera Christopher@ran.org (U.S. 510. 290. 5282) In Indonesia, after 11/13, contact Fitri Sukardi to be connected to a RAN spokesperson (+62 81291737400) San Francisco, CA - A new report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) exposes the imminent threats to Indonesia’s high conservation priority Leuser Ecosystem and outlines the steps needed to protect endangered species and community livelihoods from encroaching industrial development. The report documents the growing number of companies operating legally and illegally within the protected Leuser Ecosystem, including over thirty palm oil companies alone. Titled, The Last Place on Earth Exposing...

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