Agribusiness giant Cargill has announced plans to offer only sustainably-certified palm oil by 2015 for certain countries, including the U.S., and by 2020 worldwide. On the surface, that sounds like a positive step forward, but on closer look, it seems like just another empty PR move.
Yesterday, a day after Indonesian Presidential advisor Kuntoro announced a potentially major shift in forest management policy, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) staff documented a test case for the government’s plans in the remote village of Muara Merang, in the Province of South Sumatra. The Indonesian government’s announcement includes the new allocation of 89,000 hectares for community-managed forest areas, a designation known as Hutan Desa.
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Cargill announced new commitments covering palm oil products that it supplies to its customers in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, indicating that they should be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and/or originate from smallholder growers by 2015. This goal excludes palm kernel oil products. The company will also extend its commitment to cover 100% of its palm oil products and all customers worldwide by 2020.
IOI Corporation, one of Malaysia's leading producers of palm oil, has failed to comply with the terms set by the RSPO Grievance Panel last month, says an international coalition of NGOs that has filed several formal grievances against IOI Corporation, an executive board member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
With Chevron Corp. set to hold its annual shareholder meeting this morning, a global network of the company's critics on Tuesday released a report accusing the oil giant of environmental crimes around the world.
A big banner with the words "Chevron Guilty: Clean Up Amazon" fluttering under Richmond-San Rafael bridge on Monday morning, hung by 5 environmentalists who have accused the energy giant of causing rainforest pollution in Amazon, have got them into trouble.
The environmental activists including Amazon Watch finance manager Thomas Cavanagh were all arrested by Marin California Highway Patrol officers.
It happened two days before a scheduled Chevron shareholder meeting at San Ramon Chevron corporate headquarters.
For Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen, it all began with orangutans. Four years ago-inspired by the work of primate researcher Jane Goodall-the two friends from Ann Arbor, Mich., collaborated on a research report on the endangered primates to help qualify for their Girl Scout Bronze award, one of the highest prizes offered by the 3.2 million-member organization. Vorva and Tomtishen have both been scouts since they were five years old, and they take their roles and responsibilities seriously.
The battle between Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, and Greenpeace, one of the world’s largest environmental groups, moved into a social media combat phase Wednesday as more than 180,000 people viewed a spoof video of Ken breaking up with Barbie over rain forest destruction. The video, featured on various nations' Greenpeace sites as well as on YouTube, was translated into 18 languages.