Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, is a world-class campaigner with more than a decade of experience and an unmatched track record pressuring and inspiring some of the world’s largest corporations to protect rainforests. A veteran environmental and social justice activist, Lindsey has spent her career preventing commodity expansion into globally critical forest areas, and has played a central role in achieving some of the most significant corporate policy commitments to protect forests over the past decade.
In her previous role as the Director of RAN’s Forest Program, Lindsey led RAN’s Rainforest Agribusiness and Rainforest-Free Paper campaigns in their fight to stop palm oil and pulp and paper expansion into Southeast Asian rainforests. During Lindsey’s tenure, the Forest Program won groundbreaking protections for forests, the climate, and human rights in Indonesia from fashion to agribusiness to publishing sectors. Notably, she led the Forest Program to secure an unprecedented commitment from the entertainment giant, Disney, changing everything about the way the company sources and uses paper across its entire global supply chain. Most recently, the strategic pressure exerted by Lindsey and RAN’s Forest Program helped Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), Indonesia’s largest and most destructive paper company, to commit to significant environmental and social reforms throughout its operations.
Before joining Rainforest Action Network in 2010, Lindsey targeted destructive cattle sector expansion into the Amazon rainforest and pulp and paper expansion in the Boreal forest of North America with Greenpeace. During her tenure, Lindsey negotiated leather sourcing policy commitments from Nike, Timberland, and other consumer-facing brands, and was a driving force in the successful campaign to move paper giant Kimberly-Clark to end the clear-cutting of virgin old growth forests for tissue and paper products.
You can follow Lindsey on Twitter at @lrallen.
Hear more from Lindsey:
Leaked IPCC report must be catalyst for a reassessment of global food system
Lindsey Allen & Anna Lappé, The Guardian
F.D.A. Ruling on Trans Fats
Lindsey Allen, The New York Times
5 Ways Our Network Is Saving the Planet
Lindsey Allen, The Understory
Follow the Money: How Rainforest Action Network is Beating the Corporate Giants
Tara Lohan, Alternet
“I think amazing things happen when people push for what's needed as opposed to what people think is politically possible.”
Palm Oil and Rainforest Devastation
Joel Parker, How on Earth Radio
"It's a pretty disastrous plan to be losing rainforest, disassociating people from their homes and communities, and contributing to climate change all to grow the world's cheapest vegetable oil"
"Until Cargill commits to global safeguards that exclude egregious palm oil suppliers, it cannot guarantee to American consumers that slave labor is not ending up on store shelves and in household pantries."