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HarperCollins establishes policy barring paper sourced from rainforest destruction

The revised policy, posted on its web site earlier this month, is a response to a campaign by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), an activist group that is targeting companies linked to clearing of Indonesian rainforests and peatlands for pulp and paper production: Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia and Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL). With the new policy, HarperCollins has become the final of the ten largest publishers in the United States to phase out buying from APP and APRIL, according to RAN.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rainforest Action Network Responds to Asia Pulp and Paper’s New Forest Commitments

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


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In Indonesia: Lafcadio Cortesi, 62 821 45731116

Seismic Shift in US Publishing Sector as Major Players Shun Rainforest Destruction

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Friday, January 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO– HarperCollins’ recent public commitment to no longer source paper connected to endangered rainforests signifies a fundamental, sector-wide shift in the US publishing industry. This move by HarperCollins is on the heels of a major announcement in October by Disney, which released a comprehensive global paper policy covering the company’s vast array of businesses and licensees.

Just over two years ago, independent fiber tests revealed paper linked to Indonesian rainforest destruction in books sold by nearly all top American publishers.

Are Your Kids' Books Killing Tigers?

Getting your kid a book this holiday season? Before you pat yourself on the back for not buying some plastic crap destined for the dump, consider this: The book you bought might actually be destroying the rainforest.

Mother Jones
Friday, December 14, 2012

HC US accused of rainforest abuse

HarperCollins US has said it will look to “address any anomalies in our supply chain” after being accused of using paper from endangered rainforests in its children’s books.

The Bookseller
Thursday, December 13, 2012

News Corp publisher's books linked to paper from endangered rainforests: RAN

HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, has been accused by a conservation group of using materials sourced from Indonesia's endangered rainforests.

Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), showed that some of HarperCollins' children's books were printed with rainforest fiber.

Chicago Tribune
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harper and Rainforest Action Network Collide Over New Warning

HarperCollins is challenging the methodology behind the newest advisory from the Rainforest Action Network that some of its children’s books contain paper harvested from vulnerable Indonesian rainforests. According to RAN, a test conducted in November of seven HC titles found three with “significant” quantities of acacia fiber that is mainly sourced from Indonesian rainforest and trace amounts in “several” others.

Publishers Weekly
Thursday, December 13, 2012

FdL native helping protect Indonesian rainforest

Simba, the Lion King, was former Fond du Lac resident Robin Averbeck’s favorite Disney character as a child, and now the grown-up girl is saving Simba’s real world habitat.

Averbeck is a forest campaigner for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) headquartered in San Francisco.

FdL Reporter
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Setting the Record Straight: Rainforest Action Network Responds to Misleading Statements by HarperCollins and Media

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Friday, December 14, 2012

San Francisco, CA – A number of false and misleading statements by HarperCollins and members of the press have been made since Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released the results of independent forensic fiber tests on December 12, 2012. The lab tests showed that a number of HarperCollins’ popular books contained paper fiber connected to rainforest destruction. RAN is releasing this statement to clarify our position and set the record straight.

Holiday Shoppers Alerted to Rainforest Destruction in HarperCollins’ Best-Selling Books

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurel Sutherlin 415.246.0161