Forests Newsroom

APRIL's green pledge falls short, say environmentalists

Unlike APP's policy, which applies to all of its subsidiaries and suppliers globally, APRIL's policy is limited in scope, according to Lafcadio Cortesi of the Rainforest Action Network. 

"The policy is limited in the scope of forests it will protect as it fails to cover APRIL's broad array of sister companies and suppliers," Cortesi said in a statement.

MongaBay.com

Debating deforestation in Indonesia and APP's forest conservation policy

For the past decade and a half, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has been one of the most controversial paper producers on the planet.

MongaBay.com
Friday, January 24, 2014

RSPO: The road ahead for palm oil

Also around this time, the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) was launched.

Eco-Business.com
Wednesday, January 15, 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.

MongaBay.com
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mars Inc. Responds to Palm Oil Controversy With New Global Commitment

Release Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014

San Francisco, CA- Following months of public campaigning and private negotiations with Rainforest Action Network (RAN), international food giant Mars Inc. today announced a sweeping new responsible palm oil procurement commitment. The new requirement demands that all palm oil companies supplying the US$30 billion company eliminate rainforest destruction, human rights violations and climate pollution from their supply chains or be dropped by 2015.

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

Release Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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CONTACT:
Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org
 

Dr. Andrew Weil: Conflict Palm Oil Bad for People and Planet

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - With the FDA widely expected to announce a ban on trans-fats within the year, America's sweets and snacks makers are rushing to eliminate the offending ingredients from their products. But the primary replacement they're turning to most - palm oil - isn't much better for people's health, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, America's leading expert in integrative medicine. What's more, most of the palm oil found in America's food supply, dubbed 'Conflict Palm Oil,' is produced in ways that cause large scale rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.

Kellogg’s Bows to Pressure, Issues New Palm Oil Commitment; Rainforest Action Network (RAN) Responds

Release Date: 
Friday, February 14, 2014

CONTACT:

Laurel Sutherlin, 415.246.0161 Laurel@ran.org

SAN FRANCISCO—In the face of growing criticism over its use of the controversial food additive palm oil, Michigan-based food giant Kellogg released a new palm oil sourcing commitment today. Today’s announcement is notable in that it goes beyond the often-criticized standards of  “sustainable” palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).