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We tackle some of the biggest problems of the 21st century — climate change, extreme fossil fuel extraction, massive deforestation and rampant labor abuse. But we don’t target one company at a time. We target whole industrial sectors.
We fight for systemic change because it’s not about what is possible — it’s about what is necessary.

RAN hangs its first banner off the World Bank's headquarters.

Kicking off a worldwide movement to highlight the destructive lending practices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, RAN hangs its first banner off the World Bank's Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Where is that burger really coming from?

In 1987, RAN wins its first campaign right out of the gate when Burger King agrees to cancel $35 million in cattle contracts that tear up Central American rainforests.

Hollywood and hardwood.

Under pressure from RAN, Hollywood's major studios agree to phase out the use of lauan,­ a tropical forest hardwood used in set design, and switch to alternative wood products.

The New Alliance:

RAN was on the frontlines at the 1999 Seattle WTO Protests bringing together one of the earliest and strongest coalitions of labor, environmentalists and social justice advocates in the United States. 

Home Depot commits to stop selling wood from endangered forests.

Home Depot, the world's largest wood products retailer, announces its commitment to stop selling wood from endangered forests. Within the next year, home improvement retailers Wickes Lumber, HomeBase, Menard's, Lowe's, 84 Lumber and Payless Cashways all commit to phase out wood from endangered forests.