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Tuesday, Jun 13 2017
1300 people protest for land rights, against Toba Pulp Lestari in Indonesia!
On June 8th, over 1,300 people, representing over 30 organizations and communities, held a peaceful action and march in the town of Balige, North Sumatra....
Thursday, Jun 1 2017
Brown University Students and Alumni Confront PepsiCo Executive on Labor Abuses
This guest blog comes to us from Charlotte Biren - activist, volunteer, and Brown University alum, Class of 2016.  As a 2016 Brown University grad,...
Tuesday, May 23 2017
It’s time for Asia Pulp & Paper to keep its promises
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is the largest pulp and paper producer in both Indonesia and China. With a stark history of deforestation and human...
Tuesday, May 23 2017
It’s time for Toba Pulp Lestari to keep its promises
Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) is a pulp and paper company based in the Lake Toba region of North Sumatra, Indonesia. The pulp giant is associated...
Tuesday, May 23 2017
About “Beyond Paper Promises”
The fate of Indonesia’s forests has been at the forefront of international concern for decades. These forests are known worldwide for their incredible biodiversity, their...
Monday, May 22 2017
Toward a More Responsible Food System, RAN’s Ashley Schaeffer Yildiz at the Reducetarian Summit
It was an honor to join the first ever Reducetarian Summit, which took place in New York City this past weekend. Over 500 people spent...
Wednesday, May 3 2017
Child Labor and Worker Exploitation: A Bad Investment
Delays and inaction. That is all we’ve seen from PepsiCo for the past four years as Rainforest Action Network and our allies have continued to...
Monday, May 1 2017
From Haymarket to Indonesia: Workers Continue the Fight
The Haymarket affair happened in Chicago, IL in 1887, when workers striking for fair pay and 8 hour work day were met with gunshots and a...
Thursday, Apr 27 2017
Exposing PepsiCo’s Real Agenda
Corporate spin. Greenwash. Words that come to mind when I think about PepsiCo’s latest sustainability report. PepsiCo’s new 2025 Sustainability agenda claims it will deliver...
Tuesday, Apr 25 2017
Every Investor Has A Responsibility | Forests & Finance Dossier
We all know that keeping the world’s remaining tropical forests standing is essential for sustaining a healthy and habitable planet, but major institutional investors and...
Tuesday, Apr 11 2017
Does your “Sustainable” Palm Oil Contain Child Labor and Worker Exploitation?
When consumers see the bright green “Sustainable” label on foods certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), many breathe a sigh of relief...
Wednesday, Apr 5 2017
PepsiCo CEO the Target of Actual Protest
PepsiCo has seen scorn, outrage, and righteous anger after co-opting Ieshia Evans iconic photo at a Movement for Black Lives protest, combining it with the...
Monday, Feb 6 2017
Ralph Lauren Campaign Success: A Retrospective.
The global fashion icon, Ralph Lauren just took the first step to end the risk of forest destruction in its clothing. Ralph Lauren announced that...
Wednesday, Jan 25 2017
Victoria’s Secret commits to rainforest-free fabrics
Big news! Victoria’s Secret recently announced it will take action to end the risk of forest destruction in its clothing.
Monday, Jan 9 2017
2017 Problems: Factory Farmed Meat & Conflict Palm Oil
We are what we eat. Every single thing we put into our mouths affects our body on a cellular level and has a huge impact...
Friday, Jan 6 2017
Ralph Lauren Commits to Rainforest-Free Fabrics
Big news! After years of campaigning and corporate negotiation, Ralph Lauren just took the first step to end the risk of forest destruction in its...
Tuesday, Jan 3 2017
2016: Reflecting on a Year of Action for Rainforest-Free Fashion, Indonesia’s forests, and the people who depend on them
It’s been an amazing year for the Rainforest-free Pulp and Paper campaign! We’ve taken on some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, holding...
Thursday, Dec 22 2016
2016: From Financiers to the Forest Floor
It was a momentous year for RAN’s Forest Program. In 2016, RAN followed through in our commitment to challenge abuses of corporate power and to...
Thursday, Dec 22 2016
Which brands can you trust?
As I travel across the world for Rainforest Action Network’s campaign to transform the palm oil sector I am always asked one simple question. “Which...
Thursday, Dec 22 2016
2016: Driving PepsiCo towards Change
2016 has been a busy year for the Conflict Palm Oil organizing program. When we kicked off the year, we decided to really ramp up...
Thursday, Dec 1 2016
PepsiCo: Performance without Principles
We've got PepsiCo’s attention, and we know that the company is feeling the heat. Over the past 5 months, we’ve hunted down PepsiCo’s biggest and...
Wednesday, Nov 23 2016
Urgent Action for Endangered Orangutans
One of the few remaining primary forests in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Sungai Putri is home to between 750 and 1750 critically endangered Bornean orangutans....
Monday, Nov 21 2016
Tyson Foods, Conflict Palm Oil & Factory Farming: A Pre-Holiday Look at the True Cost of Industrial Food.
 Content Warning: Images of Industrial Farming and Animal Violence. The average American dinner plate - meat, potatoes and/or a frozen packaged meal with Conflict Palm Oil....
Wednesday, Nov 16 2016
Activists Confront PepsiCo Leaders Across the Country
Last week, RAN activists confronted both Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo and Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo North America, on the company’s connection to the...
Thursday, Nov 3 2016
BREAKING: Activists Confront PepsiCo CEO on Labor Abuses
This week, during the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, RAN activists confronted Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, on the company’s connection to...
Tuesday, Oct 18 2016
Students Across the Country Tell PepsiCo: “We Won’t Work for Conflict Palm Oil”
PepsiCo Stands to Lose Out on Recruiting Top Millennial Talent Every Fall, college and universities across the country welcome companies on their campuses to provide...
Tuesday, Oct 11 2016
Palm Oil: Bad for Forests, and Your Health
Appetite for Destruction: Palm Oil DiariesCrossposted at One Green Planet I recently watched a fascinating new documentary film called, “Appetite for Destruction: Palm Oil Diaries.”...
Tuesday, Oct 11 2016
Will the RSPO enforce its own rules and protect workers rights?
The backbone of any certification system is its credibility in the market. If brands like PepsiCo, and others in the Snack Food 20, put a...
Tuesday, Sep 27 2016
Delivering our “message in a bottle”: A quarter million people call for PepsiCo to cut Conflict Palm Oil
The phrase “the elephant in the room” is, by definition, “an English metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is going unaddressed; an obvious problem...
Thursday, Sep 22 2016
WWF’s Palm Oil Scorecard Rewards Companies With Links to Child Labor and Forest Destruction
Palm oil is a subject of heated debate across the globe. Why? Put simply it is a controversial, yet nearly universal, commodity.
Thursday, Sep 22 2016
Yale Students to PepsiCo: “We Won’t Work for Conflict Palm Oil”
Earlier this week, RAN activists and volunteer Yale students disrupted a networking event where PepsiCo was recruiting at the Yale School of Management. RAN Organizers...
Wednesday, Sep 21 2016
Orphaned Orangutan Gets Second Chance After His Home Was Destroyed by Palm Oil
Cross-posted at EcoWatch. As Conflict Palm Oil companies move into priceless rainforests like Sumatra's Leuser Ecosystem, they are leaving a trail of destruction behind. Chocolate...
Monday, Sep 19 2016
#TeamRainforest: Challenging Abercrombie & Fitch on its Home Turf
What happens when #TeamRainforest comes to your party? No one can miss us!
Wednesday, Sep 14 2016
PepsiCo’s Conflict Palm Oil Problem: Taking the Fight to PepsiCo’s Doorstep
A few miles north of New York City, what do Westchester and Fairfield Counties have to do with child labor? Species extinction? Rainforest destruction? Climate...
Wednesday, Sep 7 2016
Op-Ed: The limits of bank self-regulation in fighting deforestation
Check out this Financial Times op-ed from Ben Goldsmith on the laws needed to stop banks from financing companies putting people and forests at risk.Banks...
Tuesday, Aug 23 2016
Video: A Dozen Youth Leaders Flash Mob Hollister Store
Young people aren’t buying it.A dozen youth leaders did a flash mob at a Hollister store in Detroit to demand it use rainforest-free fabrics in...
Wednesday, Aug 10 2016
Let’s talk about Palm Oil, Baby
Last night PepsiCo re-launched its 90’s throwback drink, Crystal Pepsi. It was a 90’s-filled night, with performances by Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue.  In typical 90’s...
Thursday, Aug 4 2016
Hazy Morals and Cloudy Policies: PepsiCo's Unclear Legacy
Pepsi is about to launch its biggest advertising campaign of the last two decades. Using Facebook, Twitter, and shameless nostalgia, Pepsi is resurrecting its ”iconic...
Thursday, Jul 21 2016
RSPO’s Credibility On The Line: Will It Maintain Its Suspension of Industry Laggard IOI Group?
Yesterday, news broke of a pending decision by the RSPO Complaints Panel to lift the suspension of IOI Group’s certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable...
Wednesday, Jun 8 2016
Behind the Scenes: Exposing PepsiCo's Dirty Palm Oil Secret
There are so many stories behind the production of palm oil. Stories of rampant deforestation, toxic haze from man-made fires, and sky high climate emissions...
Thursday, May 19 2016
Thank you! Global Solidarity Photos Delivered at PepsiCo’s AGM
PepsiCo executives and shareholders received a very clear message from RAN at PepsiCo’s annual shareholder meeting: a growing movement around the world is demanding real...
Thursday, May 19 2016
Demand Action To Stop Guatemala's Palm Oil Driven Human Rights Crisis
The 6th of June marks the first anniversary of Group Olmeca, a notorious palm oil giant, polluting significant Guatemalan waterways when its effluent ponds overflowed...
Thursday, May 5 2016
Dallas Activists Infiltrate Frito-Lay Headquarters
Guest post from Morgan Larson from Dallas, Texas. Early this week, PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay held its biannual farmer's market in Plano, Texas. Dozens of local...
Thursday, Apr 28 2016
PepsiCo’s Greenwashing Attempts Foiled
PepsiCo is feeling the pressure this week, as people across the country are calling on the giant snack food company to cut Conflict Palm Oil...
Tuesday, Apr 26 2016
BREAKING: Activists Confront PepsiCo Executive on Labor Abuses
Today RAN activists confronted Al Carey, CEO of PepsiCo North America, on the company’s connection to the exploitation of palm oil workers after his keynote...
Monday, Apr 25 2016
Student Activists Confront PepsiCo Executive on Conflict Palm Oil
On the same day Pepsi was targeted with a daring action in NYC, five student activists at Kansas State University (KSU) took action on their...
Monday, Apr 25 2016
BREAKING: Protesters Scale Iconic NYC Pepsi Sign to drop 100’ “Cut Conflict Palm Oil” Banner
In Midtown New York City, if you stand on the banks of the East River and look across to Queens, you’ll see a six story...
Tuesday, Apr 5 2016
For the Orangutan Capital of the World, Stop the Bulldozers
The last peatland forests of the “orangutan capital of the world,” are still being destroyed in a plantation controlled by notorious palm oil company, PT....
Monday, Mar 21 2016
Cargill’s Progress Reports on Cutting Conflict Palm Oil: More Spin Than Substance.
In its latest Sustainable Palm Oil Report and video, agribusiness giant Cargill tries to convince both its customers in the Snack Food 20 and the...
Tuesday, Feb 2 2016
Confronting Pepsi at Super Bowl City
After two years of campaigning, snack food giant PepsiCo has still not adequately addressed its Conflict Palm Oil problem. And now, with the Pepsi-branded halftime...
Saturday, Jan 30 2016
Activists take on Abercrombie & Fitch's hidden scandal
Abercrombie & Fitch is no stranger to scandal––but one controversy it has been able to ignore so far is its impact on Indonesia’s incredible tropical...
Friday, Jan 22 2016
Wilmar Misses Deadline To Cut Conflict Palm Oil
Rainforest Action Network Calls Announcements “Disappointing,” Outlines Steps Needed To Drive Real Change On The Ground   Rainforest Action Network has responded to announcements made...
Monday, Dec 28 2015
2015: Driving Change to the Forest Floor
Celebrating 30 years of challenging corporate power, 2015 was a pivotal year for Rainforest Action Network. This year proved to be a unique moment in...
Thursday, Dec 17 2015
2015 In Review: Exposing Spin and Driving Innovation In the Palm Oil Industry
In 2014, we witnessed a wave of paper commitments to cut the destruction of rainforest and peatlands, and the exploitation of local communities and workers,...
Wednesday, Dec 16 2015
RAN’s Palm Oil Action Team: A Year in Review
2015 has been a powerful year in RAN’s Conflict Palm Oil Campaign. RAN Palm Oil Activists have worked tirelessly to keep the pressure on PepsiCo...
Wednesday, Dec 16 2015
Year in Review: Rainforest Free Pulp and Paper Campaign
What an incredible year for our work on pulp and paper in Indonesia! We had some incredible successes, one heartbreaking setback and many powerful moments....
Wednesday, Dec 16 2015
Are APP and Suppliers Responsible for Lion’s Share of South Sumatra Fires?
Indonesia headed into the recent Paris climate talks with the dubious honor of being the country with the highest rate of greenhouse gas emission in...
Monday, Nov 16 2015
Video: PepsiCo Declared “Out of Order” Across the Globe
PepsiCo’s new palm oil policy and ‘action plan’ has a loophole the size of Indonesia. Throughout the month of October, forest fires, intentionally lit to...
Tuesday, Oct 20 2015
Indonesian Frontline Activists: “Stand With Us!”
Even as millions of people across SE Asia are suffocating under smoke pollution billowing from the out of control wildfires surrounding Indonesia’s palm oil plantations,...
Friday, Oct 16 2015
Ongoing Forest Fires, Land Conflict and Deforestation Plague Paper Giant APP
More Pressure and Engagement Is Needed to Repair a Broken System   This file picture taken on Sep 17, 2015 shows fires burning at a...
Tuesday, Sep 22 2015
Conflict Palm Oil Culprit Found Clearing Critical Sumatran Elephant Habitat
Another Conflict Palm Oil Culprit has been found destroying the lowland rainforests of the Leuser Ecosystem. Field monitoring has identified that palm oil company PT....
Monday, Sep 21 2015
RAN30: 30 Years of Preserving Rainforests
Rainforest Action Network has been campaigning to save rainforests for 30 years. In 1998, RAN was in the midst of one of their first major...
Monday, Sep 21 2015
New Palm Oil Commitment, New Loopholes, From PepsiCo
For over two years we have called on PepsiCo, the laggard with the most influence in the Snack Food 20, to cut Conflict Palm Oil...
Thursday, Sep 17 2015
RAN and Racing Extinction: Exposing global drivers of extinction
An age of mass extinction is upon us. Driven by climate change, deforestation, agricultural expansion and corporate greed, we are seeing the extinction of species...
Wednesday, Sep 16 2015
Precedent Setting Verdict Against Conflict Palm Oil Culprit Upheld in Supreme Court Ruling
In a precedent setting verdict made earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Indonesia has upheld a ruling against the notorious rainforest destroying palm oil...
Wednesday, Aug 26 2015
Sara Lee and the Problem with Palm Oil
When I’m explaining the problems with palm oil to folks who are new to the issue, I often say that I am almost impressed at...
Thursday, Aug 20 2015
Chicago Activists call on Hillshire Brands to Cut Conflict Palm Oil.
For over 2 years, RAN has exposed Hillshire Brands, and 19 other snack food giants, as companies at risk of using Conflict Palm Oil in...
Monday, Aug 10 2015
Breaking: Sara Lee’s Not-So-Sweet Dessert
Around the globe, Sara Lee is known for its ready-to-bake pies and cakes. But for those of us fighting for forests, it’s known for something...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Lindsay Vanderhoogt
This past March, Palm Oil Activists from around the country gathered in the San Francisco Bay Area for a five-day campaign organizing and direct actions...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Leaders: Cailie Kafura
Cailie is a 21 year old activist from Wisconsin and a vibrant member of the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders group. The 4th addition to...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Jacob Foster
Here is part 5 of our 7 part series to introduce some the of leading activists at RAN, our Palm Oil Action Leaders. These amazing...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: LeAnn Fox
We continue with part 3 of our 7 part series blogs on the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders with LeAnn Fox. LeAnn is one more...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Becky Chung
The Palm Oil Action Leaders are a group of passionate palm oil activists who participated in a 5-day intensive campaign organizing and direct actions training...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Shannen Casey
Part 6 of our 7 part blog series that tell the unique and inspiring stories of RAN’S various Palm Oil Action Leaders continues with Shannen...
Monday, Aug 3 2015
Meet the Palm Oil Action Team Leaders: Karrie Vrabel
Here is the final component of our 7 part blog series that tell the remarkable stories of RAN’s various Palm Oil Action Leaders. In this...
Tuesday, Jul 21 2015
From the Field: Online Petitions and Indigenous Resistance
It was 8:30 PM when we finally sat down with the community leaders in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta. These leaders work all day, tapping the benzoin trees in...
Thursday, Jul 9 2015
Ralph Lauren: Words vs. Reality
The campaign against Ralph Lauren is heating up. Last month, there were protests in both New York and San Francisco — and thousands of you...
Monday, Jun 29 2015
Conflict Palm Oil Demonstration at Nissin Foods US Headquarters
At 5 AM, our alarms went off, and we began to peel ourselves out of beds and off of couches all over the house. We...
Friday, Jun 26 2015
San Francisco Protest Urges Ralph Lauren to Act for Forests and Human Rights
On Wednesday, activists in San Francisco descended on Ralph Lauren’s San Francisco store, calling out its role in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. Last...
Thursday, Jun 25 2015
Maruchan Responds To Pressure In An Instant: But Its New Palm Oil Commitment Falls Short
Maruchan—America’s #1 instant noodle brand—has been linked to the controversial ingredient Conflict Palm Oil. The true costs of Conflict Palm Oil are staggering. This widely...
Monday, Jun 15 2015
Photo Blog: Journey to the Incense Forests
One of my favorite parts of my job is the time I spend visiting communities at the frontlines of the forest movement. These are the...
Friday, Jun 12 2015
Inside Look: RAN Protest at CFDA Awards
Last week, activists on the Out of Fashion campaign made a huge splash by calling out Ralph Lauren in person and online. Activists demanded that...
Friday, Jun 5 2015
APRIL has stopped the bulldozers: Indonesia’s second biggest pulp and paper company makes a major commitment to protect forests.
So much is changing in the world of forests and forest fabric. When we started the Out of Fashion campaign, in September of last year,...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
Leaders Take Quaker Week of Action Coast to Coast
In late March, 17 passionate activists from around the US met in Point Reyes, CA with RAN staff for the Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit,...
Wednesday, May 6 2015
Calling for Change at the PepsiCo AGM
For the second year in a row, I’ve just left PepsiCo’s Annual General Meeting in New Bern, NC. In the two years that I’ve been...
Tuesday, Apr 21 2015
Go Big: 2 year Anniversary of PepsiCo Campaign
Happy Anniversary! Today marks two years since we launched our campaign on the Snack Food 20 and PepsiCo. Because of the unrelenting efforts of activists...
Tuesday, Mar 31 2015
Tell Quaker: A few extra pennies to save Orangutans
This morning two dozen activists stormed a grocery store in San Francisco to convince Quaker, and its parent company PepsiCo, to cut Conflict Palm Oil....
Monday, Mar 30 2015
The Human Cost of Forest Fabrics
Behind the shiny exteriors and glossy magazine advertisements of American fashion brands hides some disturbing truths. Communities like those in Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Northern Sumatra, featured...
Friday, Mar 6 2015
Brutal Murder in APP Plantation
Underlines the need to understand and address severe land conflicts and the disconnect between policy commitments and real change on the ground. Last Friday afternoon,...
Tuesday, Mar 3 2015
Unprecedented Coalition Issues Fair Labor Standards for Palm Oil Production
While activists have achieved great successes recently in raising the profile of palm oil as a controversial commodity responsible for tremendous environmental destruction, the too-often...
Monday, Mar 2 2015
Death of Community Member in Sumatra Places Asia Pulp and Paper’s Social Responsibility Commitments in Question
Indra's burial site. Photo by Walhi Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has recently learned of the tragic news that on Friday, February 27, 2015, Mr Indra...
Wednesday, Feb 25 2015
Quaker Oats: Not so wholesome after all
PepsiCo would have you believe that its brand Quaker Oats puts “wholesome goodness in everything we do.” We highly doubt that. That Quaker Oats Chewy...
Monday, Feb 23 2015
The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition
With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own. While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous,...
Monday, Feb 9 2015
Forest Destruction for Fashion Week?
When Rainforest Action Network launched our latest campaign, Out of Fashion, last September, few knew about the ugly secret hiding in beautiful clothes from luxury...
Thursday, Feb 5 2015
From Paper Promises to Real Change: Reforming a Global Forest Destroyer
Today marks two years since Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) abruptly changed course, silenced its bulldozers and announced a groundbreaking Forest Conservation Policy. For decades,...
Friday, Jan 30 2015
Report from Riau: APRIL's "Sustainable Forest Management Policy" One Year On
This guest blog comes to us from Isnadi Esman, the elected Secretary General of the Riau Network of Peatland Communities (JMGR), a community based organization...
Thursday, Jan 29 2015
Don't Miss Out: Palm Oil Action Leaders Summit
You’re going to want to clear your schedule. This. Is. Huge. I’m really excited to tell you about the next big thing happening with the...
Tuesday, Jan 20 2015
PepsiCo needs a Time Out
PepsiCo needs a Time Out. Between now and the end of February, Palm Oil Activists around the world are putting PepsiCo in a Time Out...
Friday, Jan 16 2015
Setting the Record Straight on PepsiCo’s Lackluster Palm Oil Commitment
  By any measure, 2014 was a turning point in the international movement to reform the notoriously destructive palm oil industry. Many of the sector’s...
Thursday, Jan 15 2015
Constant Conflict? Unresolved Land Disputes Still Haunt Asia Pulp and Paper
On-the-ground interviews with 17 affected Indonesian communities reveal policy implementation problems while hundreds of unresolved land conflicts remain Nearly two years after Asia Pulp and...