New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply Chains
CONTACT:Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org New Palm Oil 'Talk and Log' Initiative a Step Backward for Responsible Supply ChainsRainforest Action Network says new commitment by major palm oil companies may actually undermine progress towards achieving responsible palm oil San Francisco, CA - In a further sign of a growing trend, many...
Friday, Jul 11 2014
RAN Responds to Proposed Federal Carbon Pollution Standards
On Monday, June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced new carbon pollution standards for power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Rainforest Action Network’s Climate Program Director, Amanda Starbuck, issued the following statement: We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants....
Monday, Jun 2 2014
Contested KLK Palm Oil Leases Declared Illegal by Papua New Guinea Court
High court sides with Indigenous communities in battle over controversial Malaysian palm oil giant’s plan to develop large areas of ancestral territory and pristine forest The National Court of Papua New Guinea has declared that two large land development...
Wednesday, May 21 2014
Global Day of Action Targets Conflict Palm Oil; Activists Say PepsiCo’s New Commitment ‘Falls Short’
Hundreds of events across the world call on PepsiCo and others to break ties to deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution **High Resolution Images Available*** For Chicago Sweets and Snacks Expo banner, see here. For San Francisco and other global images, see here. (TYPE: "ranguest" for access) CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin,...
Tuesday, May 20 2014
Report Finds Sector-Wide Shift as Publishing Industry Embraces Social and Environmental Responsibility
Two major publishing houses – HMH and Macmillan - announce new paper policies San Francisco, CA – A report released today by Rainforest...
Thursday, May 15 2014
Shareholders Press Bank of America for Coal and Climate Finance
Rainforest Action Network, Investors and Community Leaders Take Stage at ‘Bank of Coal’ Meeting Charlotte, NC—An international coalition...
Wednesday, May 7 2014
RAN Welcomes APP’s Commitment to Restore One Million Hectares of Rainforest
New commitment ‘requires further specifics and is fraught with challenges’San Francisco, CA – Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company and a long-time target of Rainforest Action Network (RAN), today committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia. Responding to today’s announcement,...
Monday, Apr 28 2014
PepsiCo Focus of Major New Palm Oil Campaign by Rainforest Action Network, Union of Concerned Scientists, Others
Broad coalition identifies PepsiCo as key laggard still purchasing large quantities of palm oil tied to deforestation, human rights abuses and climate pollution; public encouraged to take action on YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY website San Francisco, CA- Global food giant PepsiCo has been singled out by a broad range of...
Monday, Apr 21 2014
Report Finds Top Banks Moving Away From Coal: Citigroup and Barclays seen as laggard
JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo end financing for mountaintop removal coal San Francisco, CA – Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Sierra Club and BankTrack released the fifth annual coal finance report card, “Extreme Investments, Extreme Consequences,” which tracks the financiers of the worst-of-worst coal companies. The report shows that even...
Thursday, Apr 17 2014
Cargill Announces Intent to Strengthen its Palm Oil Policy
Following years of campaigning by Rainforest Action Network and others, ag giant signals cautious intent to take more responsibility for the impact of its palm oil business, but new policy with action plan still missing. San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, global consumers and...
Thursday, Apr 10 2014
Report: Child Labor, Land Grabbing and Deforestation Rampant Across Palm Oil Giant KLK’s Operations
Four case studies document widespread abuses by Cargill palm oil supplier Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) San Francisco, CA – A report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) exposes systemic environmental and human rights violations across the global operations of Malaysia-based palm oil producer Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK). The report,...
Wednesday, Apr 2 2014
Rainforest Action Network Responds to General Mills’ New Palm Oil Commitment
RAN welcomes strengthening of commitment but says thorough, rapid implementation is needed to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from its products. SAN FRANCISCO— In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, General Mills released a revised palm oil sourcing commitment today. This announcement...
Friday, Mar 21 2014
Responsible Palm Oil Initiative Issues Invitation For New Members
The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) – an Effort to Strengthen the Environmental and Social Standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) – Seeks to Expand The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) today invited progressive palm oil players to join an initiative with the goal of increasing the...
Tuesday, Mar 11 2014
Mars Inc. Responds to Palm Oil Controversy With New Global Commitment
Rainforest Action Network Applauds ‘Important Step Forward,' Calls for Real Action San Francisco, CA- Following months of public campaigning and private negotiations with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), international food giant Mars Inc. today announced a sweeping new responsible palm oil procurement commitment. The new requirement demands that all palm oil...
Monday, Mar 10 2014
Keystone XL Opponents Deliver 2 Million+ Comments
Tell Secretary Kerry KXL is Not in Our National Interest Washington, DC – On the last day of the public comment period, Keystone XL opponents held a rally in front of the State Department to deliver more than 2 million comments submitted to the State Department to urge Secretary Kerry...
Friday, Mar 7 2014
Progressive Groups Fighting Keystone Xl Pledge Strong Resistance
Rainforest Action Network and CREDO prepare to unleash wave of civil disobedience San Francisco, CA -- As Friday's deadline nears to submit public comments opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, progressive groups CREDO and Rainforest Action Network have collected more than 169,000 comments to the State Department urging Sec. Kerry to...
Thursday, Mar 6 2014
Rainforest Action Network Statement in Response to State Department Probe of Keystone XL Review
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today, the State Department Inspector General released the findings from its investigation into conflicts of interest by Keystone XL pipeline environmental review vendor Environmental Resources Management (ERM). The investigation found no “conflict of interest,” even though ERM has close ties to TransCanada and is a member...
Wednesday, Feb 26 2014
Forest Advocates to Staples: It’s Too Soon To Buy From Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)
Colorful Protest Action at Staples Store Demands APP’s Conservation Progress be Independently Verified Before Resuming Paper Buying CONTACT:Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.orgSan Francisco, CA- Activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staged a protest today at a Staples store in El Cerrito, Ca to communicate their objection to the office supply giant’s...
Wednesday, Feb 26 2014
Dr. Andrew Weil: Conflict Palm Oil Bad for People and Planet
Top trans-fat replacement still clogs arteries, plus causes deforestation and child labor SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - With the FDA widely expected to announce a ban on trans-fats within the year, America's sweets and snacks makers are rushing to eliminate the offending ingredients from their products. But the primary replacement they're...
Tuesday, Feb 25 2014
Kellogg’s Bows to Pressure, Issues New Palm Oil Commitment; Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Responds
RAN Welcomes ‘Step in the Right Direction’ but says thorough, rapid implementation needed to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil from Kellogg’s products CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, Michigan-based food giant Kellogg released a new...
Friday, Feb 14 2014
Valentine’s Candies Make Human Rights Activists See Red
Rainforest Action Network Wants Hershey’s to Kiss Conflict Palm Oil Goodbye SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Grocery store customers in Baltimore, Ann Arbor, Phoenix, Fort Collins, and 250 other American cities will soon be finding stickers on their favorite Valentine’s Day candies that say, “There’s nothing romantic about #ConflictPalmOil.” The stickers...
Tuesday, Feb 11 2014
Anti-Fast Track mobilization to be extended after more than half a million people take action
Today, a diverse network of organizations opposing Fast Track legislation announced they are extending their 10 days of activism following massive and widespread public action. Since its inception on January 22nd, more than 100 new groups have joined the effort at StopFastTrack.com, including Coalition for a Prosperous America, Ben &...
Tuesday, Feb 4 2014
Activists Hold 270 Vigils Urging President Obama to Reject Keystone XL Following Environmental Review
Thousands Participate in Nationwide Vigils CONTACT: Blair Fitzgibbon, 202-503-6141 Washington, DC – Thousands of activists held more than 270 vigils urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline following the release of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Keystone XL pipeline will be a huge source...
Monday, Feb 3 2014
Environmental Groups Release Statements About Pending Environmental Review of Keystone XL
RAN, CREDO and the Other 98% issue statements on pending release of final review for Keystone XL pipeline Contact: Blair FitzGibbon, 202-503-6141 In anticipation of the release of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on Keystone XL, environmental groups CREDO, Rainforest Action Network and the Other 98% released the...
Friday, Jan 31 2014
RAN Responds to Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant's New Forest Policy
Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), Indonesia's controversial, second-largest pulp and paper company, issues updated policy called insufficient by leading environmental organizationsOn Tuesday, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), announced an updated Sustainable Forest Management Policy. Controversies related to deforestation and human rights...
Wednesday, Jan 29 2014