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US: Levi Strauss confirms forest purchasing policy

Levi Strauss & Co has confirmed to just-style that it does not source items like paper, product packaging and hang-tags from endangered rainforests.

The confirmation comes in response to a campaign by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which earlier this month said Levi's revamped forest products purchasing policy showed it would not be doing business with paper and packaging supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Levi Strauss Joins Leading Companies: Stops Buying from Asia Pulp

Levi Strauss has joined a growing list of corporate leaders who will not buy forest products from Asia Pulp and Paper because of its ongoing involvement in rainforest destruction and human
rights abuses in Indonesia.

To make sure it doesn't source from the world's endangered forests, Levi Strauss revamped it forest products purchasing policy which began in the early 1990s.
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Activists protest Cargill's influence

Agricultural company Cargill is fully aware that its business practices contribute to the destruction of rainforests, activists said from Minneapolis.

Activists with environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network demonstrated in front of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange to protest Cargill's political influence in the United States.

Protesters said Cargill was responsible not only for the destruction of rainforests in countries like Indonesia but its practices contribute to what Rainforest Action Network described as slave labor.

Monday, January 23, 2012

“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

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Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161

Ashley Schaeffer, 707.391.8208

“Occupy Cargill” Activists Stage Citizens’ Arrest of Cargill Inc.

Marchers protest legal concept of ‘corporate personhood’ on 2nd anniversary of Citizens United Supreme Court ruling

New California Slave Labor Law (SB 657) To Expose Ugly Side of Many Common Commodities; Impact 3200 Companies

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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Levi Strauss & Co. Adds Voice to Major Companies Excluding Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) Over Ties to Rainforest Destruction

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


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World Centric Takes Alternative Approach to Addressing Carbon Footprint with Rainforest Action Network

World Centric, a leading supplier of certified compostable foodservice and retail products, announced today it is working with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to address its 2010 carbon emissions, totaling 4810 tons, by supporting innovative initiatives that keep millions of tons of CO2 in the ground.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cargill should do more to end use of problematic palm oil, says RAN

As part of our coverage of the 9th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil currently underway in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, is interviewing participants and attendees.
Thursday, November 24, 2011

War of words between Greenpeace, Asia Pulp & Paper over deforestation allegations

Greenpeace and Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), a giant global paper supplier, are locked in a heated battle over the activist group's allegations that APP products contain fiber sourced from the destruction of forests in Indonesia. At stake is APP’s access to some of the world's most lucrative markets.

After losing several high profile customers in recent months due to the Greenpeace campaign, APP earlier this month fired back at Greenpeace in a press release that accused the activist group of making "false allegations."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cargill: Inside the quiet giant that rules the food business

FORTUNE -- Greg Page's only misgiving about the job offer he received from Cargill in 1974 was that it was from Cargill. He had grown up in tiny Bottineau, N.D., six miles from the Canadian border. His dad was the local John Deere dealer, who also owned an 800-acre hobby farm with 40 cows. "Cargill has historically had probably mixed sentiments about it out on the prairie," says Page. "That's who you sold your grain to." Farmers knew that if they didn't keep their wits about them, they might well get squeezed by the food giant. You knew to "keep a weather eye out," he says.

Thursday, October 27, 2011