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JOINT NGO MEDIA BRIEFER ON HIGH CARBON STOCK (HCS) APPROACH TO ENDING DEFORESTATION

MEDIA BRIEFER ON HIGH CARBON STOCK (HCS) APPROACH WWF, RAN, FPP, GREENPEACE November 2014 What is the HCS Approach? The HCS Approach is being developed as a tool to help companies and other stakeholders implement commitments to end deforestation. It builds on the methodology developed by Golden Agri Resources, Greenpeace and TFT since 2011. It aims to provide a practical and credible way to identify degraded areas suitable for potential plantation development and forest areas that merit protection to maintain and enhance carbon, biodiversity and social values. In practice, the approach integrates HCS assessments with High Conservation...

Building Labor's Power to Stop Exploitation of Palm Oil Workers

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia - RAN just finished hosting an inspiring and humbling two-day Palm Oil Labor Principles Workshop outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The intensive discussions involved dozens of representatives from international environmental and labor NGOs alongside labor unions, worker advocacy and human rights organizations from across Indonesia and Malaysia.   The purpose of the workshop was to build consensus for a widely agreed upon standard for fair labor principles in the palm oil sector. When complete, this detailed set of standards will be delivered as a set of recommendations to help guide...

Labor Exploitation and Human Rights Abuses within the Palm Oil Sector

Workshop builds consensus for a common set of palm oil labor principles for companies, certifiers and governments  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - This week, a group of international NGOs convened with dozens of representatives from labor unions, worker advocacy and human rights organizations from across Indonesia and Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the second Palm Oil Labor Principles Workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to build consensus for a widely agreed upon standard for fair labor principles in the palm oil sector. When complete, this detailed set of standards will be delivered as a set of recommendations to help guide companies, plantation certification bodies and government regulators towards eliminating the systemic abuses currently rife throughout the palm oil industry. The workshop occurred in advance of the annual meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), taking place November 17-20 in Malaysia. Key issues to be...

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...

Epoch Times: Forest Wildlife Coexistence Threatened

"A forest that is the only place where rhinos, tigers, elephants, and orangutans coexist is under threat from planned infrastructure, mining, logging, and plantation projects, warns a new report from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN)." READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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...

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