Obama Administration Rewards Malaysia with Improved Human Trafficking Status One Day After Wall Street Journal Exposes Human Trafficking on Palm Oil Plantations
Trans-Pacific Partnership deal coincides with sudden shift in Malaysia’s ranking; WSJ reports: "They buy and sell us like cattle," says palm oil worker. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, Emma@ran.org, (425) 281-1989 | Christopher Herrera, Christopher@ran.org, (510) 290-5282 July 27, 2015 (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - The...
Monday, Jul 27 2015
Joint NGO Statement: Modern Day Slavery Found on RSPO Member Felda Global Venture’s Plantations
Coalition of NGOs calls on the RSPO, Malaysian Government and international buyers for an open investigation into The Wall Street Journal’s findings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, Emma@ran.org, (425) 281 - 1989 July 27, 2015 (San Francisco,...
Monday, Jul 27 2015
Fresh Protest Brings Deforestation, Human Rights Concerns to Ralph Lauren Store
Demonstrators gathered outside SF storefront after recent Corporate Citizenship Report ignores major human rights and environmental risks in company’s fabric supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Activists gathered today outside...
Wednesday, Jun 24 2015
Conflict Palm Oil In An Instant: Activists Call On Instant Noodle Giant to Clean Up Its Supply Chain
Protesters gather outside corporate headquarters in wake of recent report calling out popular instant noodle companies as ‘worst performing’ laggards among the ‘Snack Food 20’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***High-res Images available, here. CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran. San Francisco, CA – Today, activists took action...
Monday, Jun 22 2015
Over 670,000 call on Ex-Im Bank to reject controversial Australian coal project
Abbot Point coal export terminal would harm Great Barrier Reef, worsen global climate change Photos from today’s petition delivery: http://bit.ly/1N2SjAu Washington, D.C.—Activists from a coalition of environmental groups delivered over 670,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) today to call on the bank to...
Wednesday, Jun 17 2015
Conflict Palm Oil Progress Report: Major Snack Food Brands Continue to Lag Behind Corporate Peers on Sustainability Commitments
New report calls on laggards among the ‘Snack Food 20’––PepsiCo, Kraft Heinz and instant noodle giants––to do more to cut Conflict Palm Oil from their supply chains FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Download of full report available here: www.ran.org/sf20scorecard CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org
Wednesday, Jun 17 2015
Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Releases Major New Sustainability Commitments
Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one of the largest and most...
Wednesday, Jun 3 2015
Stylish Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Fashion Awards
Activists unroll a banner at red carpet event calling out Ralph Lauren’s implication in forest destruction, rights abuses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Colorful high-resolution images of protest available CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Today, a colorful protest temporarily diverted attention...
Monday, Jun 1 2015
Indonesian Logging Giant APRIL Poised to Release Major New Sustainability Commitments
Forest activists express cautious optimism, but say results on the ground will be the true measure of the new policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - After years of pressure from environmental and human rights organizations, one...
Monday, Jun 1 2015
New RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum Falls Short
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org More reforms needed to address deforestation, climate impacts, human and labor rights issues in the palm oil industry San Francisco, CA -- The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) announced today that it is working on a...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
BREAKING: Bank of America dumps coal mining in sweeping new policy
Bank once labeled “Bank of Coal” announces broad commitment scaling down financial involvement in coal mining globally Charlotte, NC—Bank of America unveiled a new global coal mining policy today committing to reduce exposure to coal mining companies across the board. Bank of America’s Andrew Plepler announced...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
Gaps in Indonesia’s Forest Legality Verification System Put Forest Products’ Customers at Material Risk
A new briefing for international buyers and customs authorities finds legality system does not provide adequate assurance that Indonesian or international human rights laws are being met -- Additional due diligence is needed. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA -- Indonesia’s...
Thursday, Apr 23 2015
Ralph Lauren Targeted by New ‘Out of Fashion’ Campaign
Tens of Thousands Call on Ralph Lauren to Eliminate Rainforest Destruction From Fashion Line FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Ralph Lauren has been named as the prime target of a new...
Thursday, Apr 23 2015
Activists Take to Grocery Stores Across US To Expose Controversial Ingredient in Quaker Products
Two year anniversary of campaign launches Week of Action against snack food giant for putting customers at risk of eating Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org San Francisco, CA -- Today, hundreds of activists are taking part in a Week of...
Tuesday, Apr 21 2015
BREAKING: Activists Occupy BP Headquarters Five Years After Gulf Oil Disaster
***For Immediate Release***Wednesday, April 15 2015Interviews and high-resolution images availableContact: Laurel Sutherlin: 415.246.0161 email@example.comClaire Sandberg: 646.641.6431 firstname.lastname@example.orgBryan Parras: 713.303.5811 email@example.com BREAKING: Six Arrested at BP Headquarters 5 Years After Gulf Oil Disaster On eve of shareholder meeting,...
Wednesday, Apr 15 2015
Barclays cuts ties with mountaintop removal coal, says MTR will be “phased out” soon
Barclays was the world’s top lender to mountaintop removal coal firms prior to announcing new policy Barclays PLC, the number one bankroller of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining worldwide in 2013, has announced it is ending its financial support to the controversial practice. Barclays ruled out future financing for...
Tuesday, Apr 7 2015
Activists Storm SF Grocery Store to Expose Controversy in Quaker’s Products
Grassroots group from around the country calls on PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, Emma@ran.org ***Colorful, high-resolution images of grocery store flash mob protest, available here San Francisco, CA – Today, two dozen activists from across the United States...
Tuesday, Mar 31 2015
Sustainability Issues Shadow the Kraft Heinz Merger
Two food giants merge into one Conflict Palm Oil culprit San Francisco, CA - Yesterday’s merger of Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and H.J Heinz Company combine two companies, both highlighted as laggards among Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) Snack Food 20 group, noted for their failure to eliminate Conflict Palm...
Thursday, Mar 26 2015
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...
Tuesday, Mar 3 2015
PNC Bank Policy on Mountaintop Removal a Positive Step
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, firstname.lastname@example.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,...
Monday, Mar 2 2015
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...
Tuesday, Feb 24 2015
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...
Wednesday, Feb 18 2015
RAN Denounces Australian Government for Lobbying on Behalf of Coal Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2015 Contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, email@example.com Australian diplomat lobbied U.S. banks to bankroll coal port that would turbocharge climate change and wreck the Great Barrier Reef Documents released via open records request available here: http://a.ran.org/f1F Rainforest Action...
Wednesday, Feb 11 2015
Rainforest Action Network Responds to Rainforest Alliance Evaluation of Asia Pulp and Paper’s Progress With Its Forest Conservation Policy Commitments
Third party evaluation finds little evidence of changes on the ground and APP’s “Action Plan” must be implemented, improved, verified and include stakeholder input prior to customers engaging in business with the company FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emma Rae Lierley, 425.281.1989, firstname.lastname@example.org San Francisco, CA --...
Wednesday, Feb 4 2015
RAN response to EPA's comments on the Keystone XL pipeline
For immediate release: February 3, 2015contact: Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, email@example.com 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...
Tuesday, Feb 3 2015