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Organizations Seek Stronger Labor Protections, Corporate Responsibility in Palm Oil Industry

Unprecedented coalition of human rights and environmental groups release recommendations for companies to eradicate labor abuses in supply chain Washington, D.C. – The growing global demand for palm oil has contributed to systemic human rights abuses of workers, including children, and requires stronger labor protections throughout the industry’s supply chain. Today, an unprecedented and diverse alliance of international human rights and environmental organizations released Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance. This guide is the first of its kind and details comprehensive recommendations to implement fair labor practices in the palm oil sector....

Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop...

PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Today PNC Financial Services Group joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that have officially sanctioned the coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal (MTR.) Citing concerns about the environmental and health impacts of MTR, as well as financial risks, PNC pledged to no longer extend credit to individual MTR mining projects or to firms with 25 percent or more of their production coming from MTR. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has for years worked to push the financial sector to disavow MTR, hailed...

Keystone XL Veto Means Nothing Without Final Rejection

  For immediate release: February 24, 2015 Following President Obama’s veto of Congressional pro-Keystone XL legislation, Rainforest Action Network Climate and Energy Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “We’re glad the president vetoed this cynical, politically-motivated stunt. However, a veto on its own is not enough. This movement has fought for years to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and we will accept nothing less than a final rejection. Keystone XL miserably fails the climate test, and if President Obama wants to be remembered as a leader on climate, his only option is rejection.” ### contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org

The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition

With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own. While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous, those gorgeous clothes can have a serious impact on forests and human rights. Controversial fabrics such as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal are leaving their mark--not on the red carpet, but on endangered forests--and creating serious impacts for Indigenous communities. Congrats, Rosamund - but we're worried about how that dress was made...   In order to address this, luxury brands like Prada, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Vince need to do the right thing and take responsibility for the consequences caused by their clothing.

RAN Slams Citigroup Over Greenwashing

Citigroup’s new clean energy commitment fails to reduce fossil fuel exposure In response to the announcement today of Citigroup’s five-year sustainability strategy and ten-year sustainability financing commitment, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Climate and Energy Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “The number one financier of coal power in the U.S. wants people to look the other way while it bankrolls climate chaos and destruction. Citigroup’s announcement of a new clean energy target today, absent a similarly ambitious commitment to reducing fossil fuel exposure, amounts to greenwashing, plain and simple. Citi was the number one lender and underwriter of coal-fired power in 2013, and the same year it also financed $434 million for mountaintop removal coal mining, which is poisoning communities in Appalachia. It’s misleading for Citi to leverage its green investments as a PR opportunity while shirking its responsibility to communities and to the climate....

Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal port expansion — a deal that would wreck the Reef and cook the climate! Now it’s time to...

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Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop...

Quaker Oats: Not so wholesome after all

PepsiCo would have you believe that its brand Quaker Oats puts “wholesome goodness in everything we do.” We highly doubt that. That Quaker Oats Chewy Bar in your child’s lunch? Well, we’re not sure if its full of wholesome goodness, but it certainly may be full of Conflict Palm Oil. With your help, we’ll set the record straight. Share this video now on Facebook and Twitter to let other families know that there’s more in Quaker Oats than meets the eye. PepsiCo, and its...

The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition

With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own. While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous, those gorgeous clothes can have a serious impact on forests and human rights. Controversial fabrics such as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal are leaving their mark--not on the red carpet, but on endangered forests--and creating serious impacts for Indigenous communities. Congrats, Rosamund - but we're worried about how that dress was made...  

Forest Destruction for Fashion Week?

When Rainforest Action Network launched our latest campaign, Out of Fashion, last September, few knew about the ugly secret hiding in beautiful clothes from luxury designers. Since then, thousands of activists have taken action urging companies to cut this destructive habit and lead on forests and human rights. From pledging not to buy rainforest destruction for the holidays, to stickering the tags of big name clothing brands, RAN supporters are calling on the Fashion 15 to eliminate destruction from their supply chains and be leaders on forest protection. This week, we’ve got a huge opportunity to help end deforestation and human rights abuses for fabric production, and we need your help. This week is Fashion Week in New York, a time where the biggest luxury designers in the world come together to show off their new collections. It’s a big deal in the fashion world, and that...

PepsiCo needs a Time Out

PepsiCo needs a Time Out. Between now and the end of February, Palm Oil Activists around the world are putting PepsiCo in a Time Out until it cuts Conflict Palm Oil. Why a Time Out? PepsiCo is acting like a stubborn child - one who wants all the toys (or profits) but none of the responsibility. We need your help to hold PepsiCo to account. PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world and is a major user of Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo’s continued unwillingness to take responsibility for the consequences of the palm oil in its supply chain is shocking. The company continues to fry its chips and fill its products with palm oil sourced from controversial, unknown plantations -- products like its Quaker Oats Chewy bars that end up in lunch boxes every day....

Join the Palm Oil Action Team

We're looking for passionate activists to join our Palm Oil Action Team and take the lead to stop rainforest destruction caused by the snack food industry. Join the movement!

2014: A Breakthrough Year for Protecting Global Forests

2014 will long stand out as a breakthrough moment in RAN’s history. This is the year when our long term work reached a turning point and began to achieve truly systemic change,  transforming the destructive way palm oil is produced, traded and sold worldwide. 

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Guest Blog: Patrick Robbins, Sane Energy Project

The message below comes to you from Patrick Robbins, an ally and activist working to promote wind power for Long Island's energy future for the following petition. Sometimes you have a choice that’s just a no-brainer. Right now, Long Island is considering whether or not to lease part of the ocean off of its south shore for wind power. This area could generate up to 700 MW of energy for New York homes, and would be far enough offshore that most residents would never see it. The wind power companies are...

Make a call to protect the Great Barrier Reef

Last week we sent a strong statement with petitions to the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank, telling them to stay away from the Great Barrier Reef coal port expansion — a deal that would wreck the Reef and cook the climate! Now it’s time to amplify our message by making a call to the bank. Here’s how you can help: Call this number: 1-800-565-EXIM (or 1-800-565-3946) The line is open from 8am-8pm Eastern time. Leave a message if your receive a recording. If you get a live operator, politely tell them why you...

RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline

For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org EPA gives the president everything he needs to reject Keystone In response to comments by the Environmental Protection Agency released today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement: “The EPA’s comments today on Keystone XL confirm what we’ve long known to be true: that this pipeline would be an utter disaster for the climate. For a president who has pledged to reject the pipeline if it fails the...

Don’t let Big Coal destroy the Great Barrier Reef

Thanks to your pressure, several of the world’s largest banks have said “no” to financing a huge coal project that would put Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at risk.1 But now, news reports have revealed that the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank is considering financing this destructive project.2 Tell the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank -- don’t finance the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef! This is an outrage: The U.S. government should be investing in climate solutions, not throwing coal a financial lifeline and trashing a global treasure such as the Great Barrier Reef. Even Wall Street thinks the coal industry's plan to build a giant coal port in the middle of the reef is too toxic to fund; late last year, thanks to your activism, Rainforest Action Network secured...

Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test

For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org San Francisco—In response to today’s ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed pipeline route for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This decision does nothing to alter the fundamental facts on Keystone. Not only does the pipeline present dire threats to Indigenous communities, ranchers, and the Ogallala aquifer, it miserably fails the administration’s own climate test. The millions of people who have joined the movement to stop this pipeline are looking to President Obama right now to choose the only option compatible with a stable climate: immediate rejection.”##

President Obama: Reject Keystone XL Once and For All

Yesterday was a watershed moment in our fight to stop Keystone XL. Following weeks of criticism of the pipeline from President Obama, the White House confirmed that the president will veto Republican legislation to approve Keystone.1 That's great news for the climate...

2014 in Review: That Time We Flooded Wall Street

People gonna rise with the water,We're gonna calm this crisis down,I hear the voice of my great grand-daughter,Saying "shut down Wall Street now!" I’m really grateful.  I’m really grateful to be part of...

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Organizations Seek Stronger Labor Protections, Corporate Responsibility in Palm Oil Industry

Posted by 03/03/15

Unprecedented coalition of human rights and environmental groups release recommendations for companies to eradicate labor abuses in supply chain Washington, D.C. – The growing global demand for palm oil has contributed to systemic human rights abuses of workers, including children, and requires stronger labor protections throughout the industry’s supply chain. Today, an unprecedented and diverse alliance of international human rights and environmental organizations released Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance. This guide is the first of its kind and details comprehensive recommendations to implement fair labor practices in the palm oil sector.   "Malaysia’s palm oil industry is heavily dependent upon the labor of migrant workers, but many of these workers fall prey to serious exploitation at the hands of their employers or recruitment agencies,” said Glorene Das, Executive Director of Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that campaigns for the rights of migrant workers, laborers and...   Read more

Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

Posted by 03/03/15

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop a set of fair labor standards for palm oil production. A result of these efforts is the publication of a guide, Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance, being released publicly for the first time now. It is the first statement of...   Read more

Death of Community Member in Sumatra Places Asia Pulp and Paper’s Social Responsibility Commitments in Question

Posted by 03/02/15

Indra's burial site. Photo by Walhi Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has recently learned of the tragic news that on Friday, February 27, 2015, Mr Indra Pelani, a resident of Lubuk Mandarsah village in Tebo district, Jambi Provine, Sumatra and a member of the Sakato Jaya Farmers’ Association, was found dead. According to local civil society groups and newspaper reports,  the security forces of Asia Pulp and Paper are reported to have resorted to the brutal beating, abduction and extra-judicial killing of Mr Indra Pelani a leader in the local farmers’ union.  RAN mourns the loss of Pak. Indra, an effective advocate for farmer and community land rights, and stands in solidarity with his family and community that have suffered this tragic loss. RAN condemns those that took part in this reprehensible act of violence, and  the long-standing history of disproportionate and unjustifiable force...   Read more

PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step

Posted by 03/02/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Today PNC Financial Services Group joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that have officially sanctioned the coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal (MTR.) Citing concerns about the environmental and health impacts of MTR, as well as financial risks, PNC pledged to no longer extend credit to individual MTR mining projects or to firms with 25 percent or more of their production coming from MTR. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has for years worked to push the financial sector to disavow MTR, hailed the new PNC policy as a positive indication that MTR is increasingly seen as being unbankable. “PNC took a big step in the right direction today by acknowledging the serious health and environmental impacts of mountaintop removal, and by committing to reduce its exposure to this toxic practice. We’ll be...  Read more

Organizations Seek Stronger Labor Protections, Corporate Responsibility in Palm Oil Industry

Posted by 03/03/15

Unprecedented coalition of human rights and environmental groups release recommendations for companies to eradicate labor abuses in supply chain Washington, D.C. – The growing global demand for palm oil has contributed to systemic human rights abuses of workers, including children, and requires stronger labor protections throughout the industry’s supply chain. Today, an unprecedented and diverse alliance of international human rights and environmental organizations released Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance. This guide is the first of its kind and details comprehensive recommendations to implement fair labor practices in the palm oil sector.   "Malaysia’s palm oil industry is heavily dependent upon the labor of migrant workers, but many of these workers fall prey to serious exploitation at the hands of their employers or recruitment agencies,” said Glorene Das, Executive Director of Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that campaigns for the rights of migrant workers, laborers and...   Read more

Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production

Posted by 03/03/15

While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often overlooked reality is that the palm oil industry is also rife with serious labor and human rights abuses, including widespread forced and child labor as well as the unacceptable exploitation of millions of workers across Indonesia and Malaysia. To address the urgent need for systemic change, Rainforest Action Network has spent the last two years working closely with an unprecedented coalition of Indonesian and Malaysian labor advocacy groups and international NGOs to develop a set of fair labor standards for palm oil production. A result of these efforts is the publication of a guide, Free and Fair Labor in Palm Oil Production: Principles and Implementation Guidance, being released publicly for the first time now. It is the first statement of...   Read more

Death of Community Member in Sumatra Places Asia Pulp and Paper’s Social Responsibility Commitments in Question

Posted by 03/02/15

Indra's burial site. Photo by Walhi Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has recently learned of the tragic news that on Friday, February 27, 2015, Mr Indra Pelani, a resident of Lubuk Mandarsah village in Tebo district, Jambi Provine, Sumatra and a member of the Sakato Jaya Farmers’ Association, was found dead. According to local civil society groups and newspaper reports,  the security forces of Asia Pulp and Paper are reported to have resorted to the brutal beating, abduction and extra-judicial killing of Mr Indra Pelani a leader in the local farmers’ union.  RAN mourns the loss of Pak. Indra, an effective advocate for farmer and community land rights, and stands in solidarity with his family and community that have suffered this tragic loss. RAN condemns those that took part in this reprehensible act of violence, and  the long-standing history of disproportionate and unjustifiable force...   Read more

PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step

Posted by 03/02/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, claire@ran.org Today PNC Financial Services Group joined the growing ranks of financial institutions that have officially sanctioned the coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal (MTR.) Citing concerns about the environmental and health impacts of MTR, as well as financial risks, PNC pledged to no longer extend credit to individual MTR mining projects or to firms with 25 percent or more of their production coming from MTR. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which has for years worked to push the financial sector to disavow MTR, hailed the new PNC policy as a positive indication that MTR is increasingly seen as being unbankable. “PNC took a big step in the right direction today by acknowledging the serious health and environmental impacts of mountaintop removal, and by committing to reduce its exposure to this toxic practice. We’ll be...  Read more

Quaker Oats: Not so wholesome after all

Posted by 02/25/15

PepsiCo would have you believe that its brand Quaker Oats puts “wholesome goodness in everything we do.” We highly doubt that. That Quaker Oats Chewy Bar in your child’s...   Read more

The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition

Posted by 02/23/15

With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own. While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous, those gorgeous clothes...   Read more

RAN Slams Citigroup Over Greenwashing

Posted by 02/18/15

Citigroup’s new clean energy commitment fails to reduce fossil fuel exposure In response to the announcement today of Citigroup’s five-year sustainability strategy and ten-year sustainability financing commitment, Rainforest...   Read more

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