Labor Exploitation and Human Rights Abuses within the Palm Oil Sector
Workshop builds consensus for a common set of palm oil labor principles for companies, certifiers and governments Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - This week, a group of international NGOs convened with dozens of representatives from labor unions, worker advocacy and human rights organizations from across Indonesia and Malaysia...
Monday, Nov 17 2014
Major Importer IOI Falls Short in Latest Pledge to Eliminate Conflict Palm Oil
Despite sector movement toward more responsible palm oil production, IOI Loders Croklaan new policy does not cover all IOI Group’s plantations and operations. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 14, 2014 CONTACT: Christopher J. Herrera, 510.290.5282, Christopher@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, consumers...
Thursday, Nov 13 2014
Report: Global Biodiversity Hotspot Threatened; Fate of Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem Depends on Actions by Indonesian President and Palm Oil Giant Musim Mas
Rainforest Action Network releases evidence linking Musim Mas to deforestation in Leuser Ecosystem; says approval of Aceh spatial plan on new president’s desk would be ‘disastrous’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 CONTACT: Before 11/13, contact Laurel Sutherlin, Laurel@ran.org (U.S. 415.246.0161) After 11/13 contact...
Tuesday, Nov 11 2014
Fabulous Protest Brings Deforestation Concerns to Big Fashion’s Front Door
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 6th 2014 ***Colorful high-resolution images of red carpet runway protest available here CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Activist models stage elaborate red carpet demo at storefronts of fashion brands implicated in forest destruction, rights abuse San Francisco,...
Thursday, Nov 6 2014
Groups to Bank of America: Don't Finance Great Barrier Reef Destruction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 30, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, Rainforest Action Network, email@example.com, 646-641-6431 Joe Smyth, Greenpeace, 831-566-5647, firstname.lastname@example.org Groups to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction Australian coal port threatens global climate, Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—An international coalition...
Thursday, Oct 30 2014
RAN to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 28, 2014 contact: Claire Sandberg, email@example.com, 646-641-6431 RAN to Bank of America: Don’t Bankroll Reef Destruction Australian coal port threatens global climate, Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—Rainforest Action Network (RAN) called on Bank of America to...
Tuesday, Oct 28 2014
RAN Applauds Move by U.S. Banks to Reject Australian Coal Port
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 27, 2014contact: Claire Sandberg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-641-6431Abbot Point coal export project presents dire threat to climate and to the Great Barrier Reef San Francisco—Rainforest Action Network commended the move by leading U.S. investment banks to rule out financing the Abbot Point coal export project in Queensland, Australia....
Monday, Oct 27 2014
Big Fashion Put on Notice for Forest Destruction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 20th, 2014 ***Interviews and high-resolution images available CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Big Fashion Put on Notice for its Role in Forest Destruction, Rights Abuses; Activists to Place ‘Warning Labels’ on Offending Brands Rayon and other fabrics commonly used by the...
Monday, Oct 20 2014
RAN responds to the UN Climate Summit 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org | Bill Barclay, 415. 659. 0512 BBarclay@ran.org | Christopher Herrera Christopher@ran.org The past few days have been exhilarating as hundreds of thousands of people around the globe display their insistence and commitments to tackling the imminent threats of climate change. United...
Tuesday, Sep 23 2014
RAN Responds to Cargill's Forest Pledge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org | Bill Barclay, 415. 659. 0512 BBarclay@ran.org The following is a statement from Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Lindsey Allen in response to the pledge today by Cargill CEO Dave MacLennan to protect forests in all of Cargill's...
Tuesday, Sep 23 2014
Press Release: President of Indonesia put to the test over imminent deforestation at UN Climate Summit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org President of Indonesia put to the test at UN Climate Summit over imminent deforestation NGOs issue a plea for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut carbon pollution by protecting the world renowned Leuser...
Tuesday, Sep 23 2014
Press Release: Indonesia’s President inundated with calls to protect Iconic Leuser Ecosystem
Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Green Legacy Stands or Falls on Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem, NGOs say [Jakarta, Sept. 22] In the final weeks of his presidency, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come under massive international pressure to...
Monday, Sep 22 2014
Press Release: Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 19th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Palm Oil Giants Hit Pause Button On Bulldozers Moratorium on forest clearance for palm oil plantations a ‘step in the right direction,’ RAN says companies must now stop the bulldozers for good and convince suppliers to do the...
Friday, Sep 19 2014
Press Release: Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 CONTACT: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org Donut Giants Take First Step to Cut Ties with Conflict Palm Oil RAN welcomes commitments from donut giants as a ‘step in the right direction’ but says thorough, rapid implementation is needed to address the urgent crisis...
Wednesday, Sep 17 2014
Cargill Releases New Commitment to Fix Its Conflict Palm Oil Problem; Rainforest Action Network Says Crucial Details Still Missing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday July 29 2014 ***High resolution images available Contact: Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 email@example.com Following years of campaigning by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and others, agribusiness giant pledges to take more responsibility for the impact of its palm oil business, but key elements needed to achieve truly...
Tuesday, Jul 29 2014
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