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Why Slave Labor Still Plagues The Global Food System

Forced labor, including debt bondage, also continues to sustain palm oil plantations in Malaysia, also on the Tier 2 Watch List, and Indonesia. (Palm oil is used in lots of processed foods, from Dunkin' Donuts to Girl Scout cookies.) Cargill, the largest importer of palm oil and trader of 25 percent of the world's palm oil supply, says it has a policy of not using any slave or child labor. But the Rainforest Action Network has alleged that one of Cargill's palm oil suppliers used slave labor on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

NPR
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Obama's Keystone Regrets

The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Advancing corporate accountability: Josh Mailman describes the Rainforest Action Network’s successful campaigns to stop environmental abuses

Mailman describes the power of nonprofits to advance corporate accountability. Case in point: the Rainforest Action Network convinced large companies selling products that used scarce rainforest resources that there is “a better way to do things.”

GiveSmart
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

GuideStar's Leader on Social Change

 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Monday, June 3, 2013

Rainforest Action Network Names Top Campaigner as New Executive Director

Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Kerul Dyer, kdyer@ran.org, 415-866-0005

SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the Board of Directors at Rainforest Action Network (RAN) announced the appointment of top campaigner Lindsey Allen as Executive Director of the international environmental and human rights organization.

NGOs welcome the Forest Stewardship Council decision to cut ties with companies linked to Indonesia pulp giant APRIL.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jakarta - A recent statement issued by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) confirms that Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is officially banned from using the FSC trademark to market its pulp and paper products.(1) APRIL, part of the Royal Golden Eagle group (RGE), is owned by Mr Sukanto Tanoto, whose assets are estimated to be worth around US$12 billion.(2)

Sixty Activists Risk Arrest at State Department in Protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Release Date: 
Monday, August 12, 2013

CONTACT:
Molly Haigh, Fitzgibbon Media, 907-750-1999
Sarah Lane, CREDO, 415-369-2104

Growing Evidence Reveals Child Labor in Cargill’s Palm Oil Supply Chain

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO–Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Indonesian advocacy group, Sawit Watch, find continued evidence of abusive recruitment and labor practices and child labor on palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The groups’ findings center on one of the world’s most significant palm oil producers, Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK), which is a major supplier to U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill. This comes amidst a growing trend of investigations documenting controversial labor practices throughout Indonesia’s palm oil plantation industry.