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Bank of America Campaign Timeline

Bank of America has gone from being the top bankroller of coal to having the strongest global coal mining policy of any major global bank. That's the result of years of hard-hitting campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), our many front-line allies — and by you and all of RAN's supporters in this fight. So, thank you for everything you've done! Here's a snapshot of the past four years. March 2011 RAN warns six banks, including Bank of America, that we are preparing to launch a campaign, by serving "On Notice" orders to "Cease and Desist" their...

BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining in sweeping new policy

Bank once labeled “Bank of Coal” announces broad commitment scaling down financial involvement in coal mining globally Charlotte, NC—Bank of America unveiled a new global coal mining policy today committing to reduce exposure to coal mining companies across the board. Bank of America’s Andrew Plepler announced the new policy at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting this morning in Charlotte, stating, "With regard to coal, over the past several years we have been gradually and consistently reducing our credit exposure to companies focused on coal mining. Our new policy...reflects our decision to continue to reduce our credit...

Gaps in Indonesia’s Forest Legality Verification System Put Forest Products’ Customers at Material Risk

A new briefing for international buyers and customs authorities finds legality system does not provide adequate assurance that Indonesian or international human rights laws are being met -- Additional due diligence is needed. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA -- Indonesia’s wood products audit and certification system remains inadequate in assuring legality, a new briefing finds. The briefing provides detailed recommendations about how the system can be improved to address these shortcomings. Buyers wishing to avoid products that violate community legal rights, as well as authorities charged with enforcing import legality legislation, should refrain from relying solely on the verification system for assurance that products certified by the system comply with Indonesian law. Known as the Indonesian Timber Legality Verification System, or Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu (SVLK), the certification system was put into place to regulate Indonesia’s forestry...

Ralph Lauren Targeted by New ‘Out of Fashion’ Campaign

Tens of Thousands Call on Ralph Lauren to Eliminate Rainforest Destruction From Fashion Line FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Ralph Lauren has been named as the prime target of a new campaign  pressuring leading clothing brands to stop using forest-sourced fabrics. Rainforest Action Network’s Out of Fashion campaign is raising awareness about the connection between leading fashion brands and the deforestation and human and labor rights violations that are a common by-product of forest fabric production. Most people are unaware that some of the most popular fabrics worn today are made from trees. Rayon, viscose and modal are all produced from tree pulp, which originated as trees in Indonesia, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Over 20,000 supporters have already taken action and called on Ralph Lauren to cut rainforest destruction...

Earth Day is About Action

Did you know today is Earth Day?Did you know that because you’ve been swamped with “Go Green” commercials?Is your TV and Facebook suddenly filled with polar bears and pollution stats?That’s not what Earth Day is about. Earth Day was born out of action -- not slogans.     Through the vision of anti-war and environmental activists, Earth Day sprang to life in 1970 across colleges and universities, primary and secondary schools, and countless communities across the country. On that day, more than 20 million people took action and took the streets to support the planet.Earth Day is about saying enough is enough. We must take meaningful action now. So today I’m asking you to join us in our most important actions to preserve our forests, protect our climate and defend the human rights of...

Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign

Happy Anniversary! Today marks two years since we launched our campaign on the Snack Food 20 and PepsiCo. Because of the unrelenting efforts of activists like you, we have reached a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry....

Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced”.1...

BREAKING: Activists Occupy BP Headquarters Five Years After Gulf Oil Disaster

***For Immediate Release***Wednesday, April 15 2015Interviews and high-resolution images availableContact: Laurel Sutherlin: 415.246.0161 laurel@ran.orgClaire Sandberg: 646.641.6431 claire@ran.orgBryan Parras: 713.303.5811 lucas77@gmail.com BREAKING: Six Arrested at BP Headquarters 5 Years After Gulf Oil Disaster ...

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