• 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 laurel@ran.orgClaire Sandberg: 646.641.6431 claire@ran.orgBryan Parras: 713.303.5811 lucas77@gmail.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, claire@ran.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, claire@ran.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, emma@ran.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, claire@ran.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

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