Posts By Robin Averbeck

Robin Averbeck - who has written 27 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Robin is a senior campaigner with RAN's forest program and is leading RAN's work to address forced and child labor in the palm oil industry. Previously, Robin led the North American markets work for RAN's paper campaign, working closely with Indonesian allies to bring the demands of impacted communities to the boardrooms of multinational corporations. In 2011 to 2012, she spearheaded negotiations with Disney that resulted in the company adopting a comprehensive global paper policy. Robin has a background in environmental policy and grassroots organizing.

Cargill’s Latest Trade in Conflict Palm Oil

By Robin Averbeck, April 2 2014

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Cargill’s Latest Trade in Conflict Palm Oil

Over the past months, we’ve been working on a report profiling Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), one of the most notorious producers of Conflict Palm Oil on the planet. We knew when we started that KLK’s practices were devastating, but nothing could have prepared us for what we uncovered. Today we released a report profiling [...]

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Exposed: Child Labor in the US Food Supply

By Robin Averbeck, July 29 2013

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Exposed: Child Labor in the US Food Supply

At the age when kids in the US are attending middle school and going to soccer practice, too many children across Indonesia and Malaysia are forced to work long days doing back-breaking labor in the harsh and sweltering conditions of industrial palm oil plantations. These children often do not receive pay or have the opportunity [...]

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Questions for Cargill

By Robin Averbeck, July 23 2013

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Questions for Cargill

An article released by Bloomberg Businessweek on July 18 found Cargill supplier KLK to be engaging in forced and child labor practices. The article tells of workers and children being held captive, deprived of clean drinking water, working without pay for up to two years, and beaten if they tried to escape. Yet, Cargill has [...]

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HarperCollins Paper Policy Under Construction – An Opportunity to Get it Right

By Robin Averbeck, December 14 2012

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HarperCollins Paper Policy Under Construction – An Opportunity to Get it Right

This morning I logged onto to HarperCollins’ website to check out the company’s paper policy. What I found was something different than I’d seen before—just the first paragraph of their previous policy. I suspect that the policy may be under construction as we speak, and if that’s the case, I am urging HarperCollins to be [...]

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Major Win for Forests in Landmark Lacey Case

By Robin Averbeck, August 8 2012

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Major Win for Forests in Landmark Lacey Case

Forest activists around the world are celebrating the successful resolution of the first criminal investigation brought against a company for violations of the amended Lacey Act. This week Gibson Guitar Company accepted responsibility for importing illegal wood from Madagascar into the United States, and for the first time there are real consequences. The Lacey Act [...]

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Levi’s Unzips New Policy Excluding Logging Giant Asia Pulp & Paper

By Robin Averbeck, January 18 2012

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Levi’s Unzips New Policy Excluding Logging Giant Asia Pulp & Paper

Asia Pulp and Paper is having a hard time holding onto customers these days. With the release of its forest products purchasing policy, Levi Strauss & Company has become the latest major brand to ban business with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). This comes on the heels of a major public cancellation with APP affiliate [...]

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Who is Using All the Rainforest?

By Robin Averbeck, June 27 2011

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Who is Using All the Rainforest?

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit www.ran.org/disney. “We got to wondering…who is using all the rainforest that is being destroyed in Indonesia?” - “Toying With Forest Destruction” video [...]

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Disney’s Ties to Rainforest Destruction Exposed…Again

By Robin Averbeck, June 10 2011

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Disney’s Ties to Rainforest Destruction Exposed…Again

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit www.ran.org/disney. Over a year ago, I went to my local San Francisco bookstore to pick up some children’s books for RAN’s Rainforest-Free [...]

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APP: The Biggest Forest Destroyer You’ve Never Heard of

By Robin Averbeck, March 31 2011

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APP: The Biggest Forest Destroyer You’ve Never Heard of

Did you know that Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is destroying vast tracks of Indonesian rainforests, threatening the survival of precious species like the Sumatran tiger, and using an aggressive strategy of political manipulation to grow its sales? If you answered no, you’re not the only one. APP is highly proficient at using covert marketing [...]

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Disney’s Paper Policy a Disappointment for Indonesia’s Rainforests

By Robin Averbeck, March 31 2011

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Disney’s Paper Policy a Disappointment for Indonesia’s Rainforests

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit www.ran.org/disney. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” –Mr. Walt Disney Books can be a [...]

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