Posts Tagged with "forced labor"

Cargill’s Latest Trade in Conflict Palm Oil

Wednesday, 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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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Does Your Family’s Valentine’s Candy Contain Child Labor?

First, the bad news. This week, as millions of schoolchildren across the U.S. share Valentine’s candy and chocolate, they’ll be unwittingly—and unwillingly—contributing to child labor taking place on the other side of the world. One of the key ingredients in Hershey’s chocolates—and many other Valentine’s candies—is responsible for widespread child labor and human rights violations, [...]

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Thank You

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Thank You

You know what I’m thankful for this year? You. Everything RAN has accomplished this past year is thanks to you. Please don’t think for a second that I’m just saying that. RAN’s people-powered campaigns literally cannot be won without you. Corporate decision-makers can destroy our planet with impunity if no one calls them out—but you [...]

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An Amazing Thing Happened at the RSPO

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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An Amazing Thing Happened at the RSPO

An amazing thing happened last week at the annual gathering of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) taking place this week in the Indonesian city of Medan on the island of Sumatra. Over 3,000 laborers marched and surrounded the RSPO meeting in a colorful and peaceful demonstration as speaker after speaker criticized the harsh [...]

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Exposed: Child Labor in the US Food Supply

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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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BREAKING: Despite New Evidence, Cargill Denies Its Palm Oil Is Made By Slave Laborers

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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BREAKING: Despite New Evidence, Cargill Denies Its Palm Oil Is Made By Slave Laborers

Here’s the last line of a Bloomberg Businessweek article out today that exposes the human rights abuses rampant in Indonesia’s palm oil sector: “Adam, the 19-year-old who fled the PT 198 [palm] plantation in 2010, says he hopes shoppers… ask themselves a simple question when they consider which oil to buy: ‘Is there slavery in [...]

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RAN Issues Statement in Response to False Palm Oil Claims by Cargill

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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RAN Issues Statement in Response to False Palm Oil Claims by Cargill

Last week, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) contacted Cargill employees in over 20 countries to alert them to the company’s ties to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction. The email urged employees to watch a recent eye-opening prime time NBC news story profiling the imminent extinction of orangutans due to unchecked palm oil expansion in Indonesia and [...]

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Indonesian Palm Oil Makes Department of Labor’s Red List

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Indonesian Palm Oil Makes Department of Labor’s Red List

Last month I wrote a post telling the horrific stories of Ferdi, Volario, and Suroso and their personal accounts of being forced into slave labor on oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Some escaped after months without pay. Others were paid less than 40 cents/day for back-breaking work clearing forests and spraying pesticides. Through visiting many [...]

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