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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.

A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform

"APP is quite brave to bring in Rainforest Alliance," said Lafcadio Cortesi, forests campaign director at the Rainforest Action Network, which remains an outspoken critic of APP despite the policy.


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Yale: Environment 360
Monday, March 10, 2014

Not just good on paper: how businesses and NGOs can protect rainforests

When Tachi Kiuchi of Mitsubishi Electric signed an agreement with Randy Hayes of Rainforest Action Network (Ran) nearly 18 years ago, it was celebrated as a step forward in forest protection and an example of leveraging of NGO purpose and corporate power to create positive change. Looking back, however, 

The Guardian
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rainforest news review for 2013

APP's move was significant because it had long been viewed by green groups as one of the most egregious environmental transgressors in Indonesia, driving large-scale conversion of wildlife-rich forests and carbon-dense peatlands.
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Forest Advocates to Staples: It’s Too Soon To Buy From Asia Pulp and Paper (APP)

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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RAN Responds to Indonesian Pulp and Paper Giant's New Forest Policy

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Indonesia's second largest pulp and paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), announced an updated Sustainable Forest Management Policy.  Controversies related to deforestation and human rights violations caused by the business practices of APRIL and its owner Sukanto Tanoto have surrounded the company for years.

APRIL banned from using FSC trademark to market paper products

Greenpeace, WWF and the Rainforest Action Network welcome the termination of ties between the Forest Stewardship Council and APRIL, which they say acknowledge their complaint on the paper and pulp company’s alleged deforestation practices
Friday, August 16, 2013