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Cargill Supplier Connected to Illegal Logging; Allegations of Slave Labor

Release Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2011

CONTACT:
Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161

IOI Corp's palm oil not green or sustainable

IOI Corporation, one of Malaysia's leading producers of palm oil, has failed to comply with the terms set by the RSPO Grievance Panel last month, says an international coalition of NGOs that has filed several formal grievances against IOI Corporation, an executive board member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

malaysiakini
Friday, May 27, 2011

Activists' 'True Cost' report takes on Chevron

With Chevron Corp. set to hold its annual shareholder meeting this morning, a global network of the company's critics on Tuesday released a report accusing the oil giant of environmental crimes around the world.

San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Big anti-Chevron banner under Richmond Bridge gets environmental activists into trouble(video)

A big banner with the words "Chevron Guilty: Clean Up Amazon" fluttering under Richmond-San Rafael bridge on Monday morning, hung by 5 environmentalists who have accused the energy giant of causing rainforest pollution in Amazon, have got them into trouble.

The environmental activists including Amazon Watch finance manager Thomas Cavanagh were all arrested by Marin California Highway Patrol officers.

It happened two days before a scheduled Chevron shareholder meeting at San Ramon Chevron corporate headquarters.

International Business Times
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Making Girl Scout Cookies Better for the Planet

For Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, it all began with orangutans. Four years ago-inspired by the work of primate researcher Jane Goodall-the two friends from Ann Arbor, Mich., collaborated on a research report on the endangered primates to help qualify for their Girl Scout Bronze award, one of the highest prizes offered by the 3.2 million-member organization. Vorva and Tomtishen have both been scouts since they were five years old, and they take their roles and responsibilities seriously.

Time Magazine
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Greenpeace versus Mattel: A social media battle over rain forest [UPDATED]

The battle between Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, and Greenpeace, one of the world’s largest environmental groups, moved into a social media combat phase Wednesday as more than 180,000 people viewed a spoof video of Ken breaking up with Barbie over rain forest destruction. The video, featured on various nations' Greenpeace sites as well as on YouTube, was translated into 18 languages.

Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

No Concessions from Chevron on Ecuador

Among the developments this week at Chevron’s raucous annual shareholder meeting—some surprising, some not so—was the oil company’s continuing refusal to settle an $18 billion lawsuit over oil pollution in Ecuador.

A letter from New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and several investor groups urged Chevron to settle case, which has dragged on in various forms since 1993.

Triple Pundit
Friday, May 27, 2011

Chevron under siege at shareholder meeting in San Ramon

SAN RAMON -- Activists besieged Chevron at its shareholders meeting here Wednesday, in a gathering punctuated by shouts from attendees, warnings the event would be terminated early and interventions by security guards.

The acrimony at the annual meeting nearly obscured the company's discussion of a performance in 2010 that produced a gusher of profits and a jump in the oil giant's stock price.

"We had a tremendous year," Chevron's chief executive officer, John Watson, told the shareholders.

Silicon Valley Mercury News
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cookie Crumbles for Girl Scouts, as Teens Launch Palm-Oil Crusade

To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award four years ago, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva set out to study orangutans.

Instead, they wound up investigating Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas.

What they uncovered soured them on the sweets and has put the Michigan teens at odds with Girl Scouts of the USA. Now they're on a march to change the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.

Their target: palm oil, which can come from places the primates live.

Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 20, 2011

Advocates Unfurl 50-foot Banner Message to Chevron on Richmond Bridge

Release Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2011

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Nell Greenberg, Rainforest Action Network, 510.847.9777
Ginger Cassady, Rainforest Action Network, 415.640.7155

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