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Publisher's Weekly: Asia Pulp and Paper Tries to Recast Its Image

'The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has been one of APP’s most vocal critics. Lafcadio Cortesi, of RAN, said that though APP has made important improvements in its environmental and social commitments, “It still has a long way to go.” He noted that APP has stopped clearing and using natural rain forests for pulp and paper, even putting additional staff and systems in place to implement reforms, but it has yet to address ongoing land conflicts and the harmful legacy of past operations. “The willingness to undertake reform that senior management has displayed has, in many cases, yet to be reflected...

COP 20: Will climate commitments be enough to protect the Peruvian Amazon?

  Indigenous Peoples + Territorial Rights = Living Forests! Hundreds of indigenous peoples and their allies to create a human banner parallel to the UN COP20 climate summit to demonstrate the importance of guaranteeing territorial rights in addressing climate change. ©Amazon Watch / Spectral Q — in Lima, Peru. Political leaders from around the world and thousands of government officials, scientists and lobbyists are meeting this week in the Peruvian capital of Lima to discuss solutions for the global climate crisis. One of their...

Palm Giant Musim Mas Commits to Stop Trafficking Conflict Palm Oil

Rainforest Action Network says real action now needed to truly halt deforestation in supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 4, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, Laurel@ran.org (U.S. +1.415.246.0161) San Francisco, CA - Rainforest Action Network (RAN) responded today to the new palm oil commitment released by Musim Mas Group by calling on the company to turn its new pledge into real action by demanding that all of its suppliers halt deforestation immediately.   Musim Mas’ close connection to Conflict Palm Oil was recently exposed in a report released by RAN titled,The Last Place...

Controversial Palm Oil Stock Offering Hides Serious Environmental, Financial Risks

Indonesian firm BW Plantation’s (BWPT) $900M share rights offering rife with concerns over labour rights, wildlife and deforestation.  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161, Laurel@ran.org Indonesian palm oil firm BW Plantation (BWPT) approved last week a USD $900 million share rights offering in a bid to finance its merger with Green Eagle Holdings (GEH). New stock not purchased by existing shareholders will be traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (IDX) from Monday December 8. Already lagging behind its competitors who have committed to zero deforestation policies, BWPT has failed to declare to investors the serious environmental, social and financial risks involved with deforesting and planting over its massive new land bank. Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has published an in-depth backgrounder/briefing document titled Conflict Palm Oil Case Study PT BW Plantation (BWPT) $900 Million Stock Offer Warning: Investors Need Greater Disclosure of Environmental, Social and Legal...

Forests and Finance: New Cash for Conflict Palm Oil

RAN briefing finds pending $900 million deal threatens forests, peatlands and communities across Indonesia. Indonesian palm oil firm BW Plantation (BWPT) approved last week a USD $900 million share rights offering in a bid to finance its merger with Green Eagle Holdings (GEH). New stock not purchased by existing shareholders will be traded on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (IDX) from Monday December 8.  RAN released a briefing note, available here, on the controversial deal today, alerting investors to poorly disclosed Conflict Palm Oil risks. The deal expands BWPT's holdings from just under 100,000 ha to over 400,000 ha, propelling it into the rank of Indonesia’s third largest palm oil company listed on the IDX. However, 75% of the new land bank - with holdings in Papua, Sulewesi, West, East and South Kalimantan and Sumatra - is unplanted and includes large tracts of rainforests, Indigenous...

RAN Responds to Palm Oil Giant KLK’s Sustainability Pledge: ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 2, 2014  CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Malaysian palm oil giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK), one of the most controversial of the major players in a controversial industry, has just released a ‘sustainability policy.’  Rainforest Action Network’s senior forest campaigner Robin Averbeck issued the following statement in response.  "Actions speak louder than words. KLK is currently involved in active conflicts with multiple communities resisting palm oil plantation development on their territory, including in Collingwood Bay, Papua New Guinea, and Grand Bassa County, Liberia. In both cases, local communities are opposing palm oil expansion by KLK on their customary lands and have filed formal complaints against the company with the industry certification body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The resolution of these cases to the satisfaction of local communities will be seen as a critical test of KLK's commitments. "Labor abuses, including use of...

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15 Stunning Photos from The Last Place on Earth

The Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most important rainforests in Southeast Asia, is being destroyed for massive industrial development including the expansion of palm oil plantations. Everyday important sections of this precious ecosystem are being systematically cut down, pushing rare species like Sumatran orangutans, elephants...

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