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 firstname.lastname@example.orgClaire Sandberg: 646.641.6431 email@example.comBryan Parras: 713.303.5811 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.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...
Tuesday, Feb 3 2015
New Report Finds Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Lagging on Social Responsibility Commitments; Provides Recommendations for Improvement
On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415 246 0161, email@example.com San Francisco, CA – A field-based survey to investigate Asia Pulp and Paper’s...
Thursday, Jan 15 2015
Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States
January 13, 2015FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, 507-412-7609Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-641-6431Josh Nelson, CREDO, email@example.com, 202-550-6175Karthik Ganapathy, 350.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, (347) 881-3784Mark Westlund, Sierra Club, email@example.com, 415-977-5719David Turnbull, Oil Change International, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-316-3499 Keystone XL Opponents Rally in All 50 States
Tuesday, Jan 13 2015
Despite Nebraska Ruling, Keystone XL Still Fails Climate Test
For immediate release:January 9, 2015contact:Claire Sandberg, 646-641-6431, email@example.com 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...
Friday, Jan 9 2015
RAN Responds to White House Keystone Veto Threat
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 6, 2015 contact: Claire Sandberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-641-6431 San Francisco—In response to the news that President Obama will veto proposed legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline introduced by Republicans in Congress, Rainforest Action Network Climate Program Director Amanda Starbuck issued the following statement:“This...
Tuesday, Jan 6 2015
Palm Giant Musim Mas Commits to Stop Trafficking Conflict Palm Oil
Rainforest Action Network says real action now needed to truly halt deforestation in supply chain FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 4, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, Laurel@ran.org (U.S. +1.415.246.0161) San Francisco, CA - Rainforest Action Network (RAN) responded today to the new palm oil commitment released...
Friday, Dec 5 2014
Controversial Palm Oil Stock Offering Hides Serious Environmental, Financial Risks
Indonesian firm BW Plantation’s (BWPT) $900M share rights offering rife with concerns over labour rights, wildlife and deforestation. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161, Laurel@ran.org Indonesian palm oil firm BW Plantation (BWPT) approved last week a USD $900 million share rights offering in a bid to...
Tuesday, Dec 2 2014
RAN Responds to Palm Oil Giant KLK’s Sustainability Pledge: ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 2, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org San Francisco, CA - Malaysian palm oil giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK), one of the most controversial of the major players in a controversial industry, has just released a ‘sustainability policy.’ Rainforest Action Network’s senior forest campaigner...
Tuesday, Dec 2 2014
Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group
Joint Press Statement 20th November 2014 Leading Manufacturers and Retailers Announce support for Palm Oil Innovation Group Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Five of the world’s leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers today announce their support to drive the transformation of their sector towards responsible palm...
Wednesday, Nov 19 2014
JOINT NGO MEDIA BRIEFER ON HIGH CARBON STOCK (HCS) APPROACH TO ENDING DEFORESTATION
MEDIA BRIEFER ON HIGH CARBON STOCK (HCS) APPROACH WWF, RAN, FPP, GREENPEACE November 2014 What is the HCS Approach? The HCS Approach is being developed as a tool to help companies and other stakeholders implement commitments to end deforestation. It builds on the methodology developed by Golden...
Monday, Nov 17 2014