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Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Releases Major New Sustainability Commitments

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as...

Stylish Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Fashion Awards

Activists unroll a banner at red carpet event calling out Ralph Lauren’s implication in forest destruction, rights abuses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Colorful high-resolution images of protest available CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org   San Francisco, CA – Today, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention from the red carpet parade at the 2015 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Dressed in sleek formal wear, activists deployed a large banner over the heads of the crowd while others handed out balloons and business cards to the gathered...

Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Poised to Release Major New Sustainability Commitments

Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org    San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most controversial companies driving deforestation in Indonesia appears on the verge of dramatically changing course. The Rainforest Action Network welcomes reforms from Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) to transform its business model by eliminating deforestation, expansion into peatlands and human rights violations from its operations and supply chains, as well as action to address and remedy its legacy of adverse social and environmental impacts. Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) has a long and well-documented history of displacing local communities from their lands and failing to respect community rights to free, prior and informed consent. The...

Stop the fossil fuel industry's vision of the future

Today, we’re launching a new project to envision a climate-stable future — and brainstorm the strategies to make that vision a reality. Will you help us Change the Course? Today, the climate movement is full of unprecedented energy and momentum. Together, we’re marching in the streets and working to shift our institutions away from fossil fuels. We’re fighting coal exports, fracking, oil trains, and dirty energy in our communities. And, of course, we’re ready to engage in civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if and when that time comes. All of these fights are indispensable to shifting our society off carbon and creating the renewable energy economy. But, with so much of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, it can be hard to find...

Bulldozers in the Leuser Ecosystem

A new report proves that a Conflict Palm Oil producer, which supplies palm oil to giants Musim Mas and Wilmar, has bulldozed forests that provide a critical corridor for elephants living in the lowland forests of the Leuser ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.

New RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum Falls Short

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced today that it is working on a set of additional guidelines on deforestation, peatland development and Indigenous Peoples’ rights that its grower members can voluntarily apply to their plantations. However, these voluntary new guidelines, called RSPO+, will not apply to all members and do not aim to address the other weaknesses of the RSPO system, such as its auditing, accountability and enforcement mechanisms.

Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast

In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit, 4 days of intensive training on organizing and creative direct action planning. These inspiring folks now make up the...

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining

After years of pressure on Bank of America, they just announced a new coal mining policy: “Our new policy … reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit exposure over time to the coal mining sector globally.”1 Translation: Bank of America...

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