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Contested KLK Palm Oil Leases Declared Illegal by Papua New Guinea Court

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The National Court of Papua New Guinea has declared that two large land development leases claimed by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) in the Collingwood Bay region of Papua New Guinea are null and void and has ordered the State to cancel the title deeds. As a result, KLK will not be able to develop the 38,350 hectares of land subject to the leases, which is part of the customary territory of nine Indigenous tribes who rely on the natural landscape of the region as the basis for their economy and subsistence livelihoods.

Global Day of Action Targets Conflict Palm Oil; Activists Say PepsiCo’s New Commitment ‘Falls Short’

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Report Finds Sector-Wide Shift as Publishing Industry Embraces Social and Environmental Responsibility

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 15, 2014

San Francisco, CA – A report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), titled A New Chapter for the Publishing Industry: Putting Promises into Practice, documents an industry-wide transition away from the use of paper sourced from controversial fiber connected with rainforest destruction, human rights abuses and climate pollution. 

RAN Welcomes APP’s Commitment to Restore One Million Hectares of Rainforest

Release Date: 
Monday, April 28, 2014

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, Lafcadio Cortesi of Rainforest Action Network issued the following statement.

PepsiCo Focus of Major New Palm Oil Campaign by Rainforest Action Network, Union of Concerned Scientists, Others

Release Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014

San Francisco, CA- Global food giant PepsiCo has been singled out by a broad range of groups that includes the Years of Living Dangerously project, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the Union of Concerned Scientists and the global consumer watchdog group for its continued use of large quantities of ‘Conflict Palm Oil.’ Conflict Palm Oil is palm oil produced through practices that cause rainforest destruction, human rights violations and massive climate pollution.

Cargill Announces Intent to Strengthen its Palm Oil Policy

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014

San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, global consumers and environmental and social justice organizations, Cargill has sent a letter to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) indicating it will commit to a new and improved responsible palm oil policy to address the issues of deforestation, human rights violations and carbon pollution documented within its palm oil supply chains.

Report: Child Labor, Land Grabbing and Deforestation Rampant Across Palm Oil Giant KLK’s Operations

Release Date: 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

San Francisco, CA – A report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) exposes systemic environmental and human rights violations across the global operations of Malaysia-based palm oil producer Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK). The report, titled "Conflict Palm Oil in Practice: Exposing KLK's Role in Rainforest Destruction, Land Grabbing and Child Labor" details four cases of Conflict Palm Oil production by KLK. 

Rainforest Action Network Responds to General Mills’ New Palm Oil Commitment

Release Date: 
Friday, March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO— In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, General Mills released a revised palm oil sourcing commitment today. This announcement builds upon a commitment General Mills made in 2010 in response to a campaign by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which included a large banner deployed on the frozen front lawn of General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis.   

Responsible Palm Oil Initiative Issues Invitation For New Members

Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) today invited progressive palm oil players to join an initiative with the goal of increasing the global demand and supply of responsible palm oil.

This initiative aims to bridge the gap between responsible palm oil producers and the growing list of palm oil consumer companies such as Nestle, Ferrero, Unilever, L’Oreal, Safeway, DelHaize, Kellogg and Mars which have made ‘No Deforestation’ commitments and are demanding responsibly produced palm oil.

Is Palm Oil Healthy For Your Family? Dr. Weil Weighs In

As a mom, I’m pleased to see the FDA taking steps to eliminate an ingredient from our food supply that is unhealthy for my family. But as a palm oil campaigner for Rainforest Action Network (RAN), I know that replacing trans fats with conflict palm oil won’t do much for people’s health and will cause dire consequences for the planet.

One Green Planet
Monday, March 10, 2014