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BREAKING: Paper Giant APP Moves to Stop Pulping Forests; Now It’s APRIL’s Turn

By Lafcadio Cortesi, February 5 2013

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BREAKING: Paper Giant APP Moves to Stop Pulping Forests; Now It’s APRIL’s Turn

Today is a day many of us only dreamed would come. Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the controversial paper giant once referred to by the UK Guardian as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet,” claims it has silenced its bulldozers and pulled them from the most endangered rainforests of Indonesia. After years [...]

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10 out of 10! RAN Brings Seismic Shift to US Publishing Industry; Next Stop: APP

By Laurel Sutherlin, January 31 2013

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10 out of 10! RAN Brings Seismic Shift to US Publishing Industry; Next Stop: APP

Wow. You know your brand is in the gutter when even Rupert Murdoch won’t buy from you because of your company’s bad reputation. But few companies have done as much to earn their bad name as Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Responding to RAN’s campaign, Murdoch’s HarperCollins has just announced they will no longer buy [...]

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RAN and Allies Call on APP to Respect Human Rights

By Lafcadio Cortesi, January 15 2013

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RAN and Allies Call on APP to Respect Human Rights

While Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) questionable financial dealings and destructive impact on rainforests and the climate have been widely reported, the human rights violations and social conflict associated with the company’s expropriation of community lands are less well known. Last week, RAN proudly joined with several Indonesian and international human rights and environmental organizations [...]

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APP: The Most Destructive Company in the World?

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 15 2012

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APP: The Most Destructive Company in the World?

The UK Guardian once referred to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet.” The following is a brief synopsis of why that description fits. A History of Bad Practices and Broken Promises Over 2 million hectares of rainforest have already been destroyed in Indonesia to feed the [...]

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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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Attention Holiday Shoppers: HarperCollins is Grinding up Rainforests to Make its Kids Books

By Laurel Sutherlin, December 12 2012

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Attention Holiday Shoppers: HarperCollins is Grinding up Rainforests to Make its Kids Books

Charismatic children’s character Fancy Nancy may be well known for saying that ‘every day is Earth Day,’ but her books have now been linked to one of the world’s most severe deforestation crises. Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and released today reveal significant quantities of Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH) and [...]

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Grassy Narrows Celebrates 10 Years of Historic Blockade

By Tracy Solum, December 3 2012

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Grassy Narrows Celebrates 10 Years of Historic Blockade

On December 2, 2002 the Indigenous youth of the Grassy Narrows First Nation lay down in the path of industrial logging machines—blocking access to their tribal homeland in Northern Ontario, Canada. The action, led by women and youth, sparked the longest standing Indigenous logging blockade in North America. Since 2004, RAN has worked closely with [...]

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Warning to Banks: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

By Chelsea Matthews, November 14 2012

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Warning to Banks: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

Last week, RAN joined sixty environmental and social organizations, including a dozen Indonesian groups, in signing an open letter to banks and other financial institutions across the globe warning them to avoid investments in pulp and paper industry projects associated with deforestation and human right abuses in Indonesia. The letter highlights concern with companies associated [...]

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Victory for Forests: Disney Changes Sourcing On All Its Paper Products, Takes a Stand for Endangered Forests and Animals

By Becky Tarbotton, October 11 2012

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Victory for Forests: Disney Changes Sourcing On All Its Paper Products, Takes a Stand for Endangered Forests and Animals

Today, Disney adds its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there’s no need to sacrifice endangered forests in Indonesia or elsewhere for the paper we use every day. This entertainment giant, which is the world’s biggest publisher of children’s books and magazines, has adopted what may be one of the most [...]

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Tigers to Wall Street: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

By Laurel Sutherlin, September 26 2012

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Tigers to Wall Street: Don’t Finance Rainforest Destruction

The President of Indonesia and top leaders of major Indonesian corporations were greeted by a colorful group of rainforest activists this week as they visited Wall Street to secure billions of dollars in US investment in some of the most environmentally and socially destructive industries in Indonesia. Supporters of Rainforest Action Network joined with members [...]

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