Posts Tagged with "Sinar Mas"

Setting the Record Straight: Cargill and Tripa Forest Controversy

Monday, May 7, 2012

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Setting the Record Straight: Cargill and Tripa Forest Controversy

Although there are no major fires still tearing through the Tripa peat forest in Sumatra — the densest remaining Sumatran orangutan habitat in the world — updates from our allies on the ground tell us that Tripa is still gravely at risk. With one or two small fires still breaking out each day, combined with ongoing [...]

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Victory for Indigenous Rights in Indonesia

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Victory for Indigenous Rights in Indonesia

In a huge win for Indigenous and forest dwelling peoples throughout Indonesia who are struggling to assert their customary land rights in the face of massive palm oil expansion, Chief Justice Mahfud M.D. has ruled that two Articles of Indonesian law used to imprison community members are unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid. Articles 21 and 47 [...]

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Abandon Ship! Even The Palm Oil Industry Is Distancing Itself From Alan Oxley’s Lies

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Abandon Ship! Even The Palm Oil Industry Is Distancing Itself From Alan Oxley’s Lies

You might not believe it, but apparently there is a point beyond which even the palm oil industry isn’t willing to stretch the truth. And Alan Oxley just blew right past it. Last November, Alan Oxley was called out by a dozen scientists from leading academic and research institutions around the world for promoting industrial [...]

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Two

Friday, July 1, 2011

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What is Sustainable Palm Oil? Part Two

The first blog post in this series explored the environmental, social, transparency and enforcement weaknesses of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the dominant certification standard for palm oil companies. This post examines the colorful spectrum of positions on “sustainable” palm oil, from environmental advocacy and conservation groups to scientists and industry groups. Organizations [...]

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Is the “Happiest Place on Earth” Driving Tigers and Orangutans into Extinction?

Monday, May 16, 2011

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Is the “Happiest Place on Earth” Driving Tigers and Orangutans into Extinction?

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. Young or old, when one thinks of the Walt Disney Company, the first images that come to mind are almost certainly [...]

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The Great RSPO Membership Myth: Why Buying from RSPO Members Is Meaningless

Monday, March 21, 2011

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The Great RSPO Membership Myth: Why Buying from RSPO Members Is Meaningless

“Companies buying palm oil need to be aware that the only way to ensure sustainable sourcing is to buy certified sustainable palm oil from companies that have been assessed against the RSPO standards. Buying from RSPO members is not enough.” – WWF, August 2010 Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has actively resisted getting rainforest-destroying palm oil [...]

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Some Notes On the New GAR Policy and Implementation

Friday, March 4, 2011

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Some Notes On the New GAR Policy and Implementation

As we applaud the new forest conservation policy announced by Sinar Mas subsidiary Golden Agri Resources, it’s important to remember that the big challenge facing palm oil traders like Cargill, watchdog groups, and international customers is to make sure that GAR’s promises to protect Indonesian rainforests on paper are turned into real change on the [...]

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No Blood for Palm Oil

Friday, January 21, 2011

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No Blood for Palm Oil

The land grab crisis in Indonesia is getting worse — with tragic consequences. On Tuesday, six unarmed villagers were shot while harvesting palm oil fruit on their own land. Jakarta Globe’s Jan. 16 article reports the villagers had an ongoing conflict with Kresna Duta Agroindo, a palm oil subsidiary of Sinar Mas, when they were [...]

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Roaring at Barnes & Noble with Tiki the Tiger

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Roaring at Barnes & Noble with Tiki the Tiger

Leave it to the folks at Rainforest Action Network to make anything fun. As an intern with RAN, my job is basically to do whatever task I’m presented, so when Hillary Lehr asked the interns, Lindsay, Lola, and I, to do our own Roar at the Store at the local Barnes & Noble, I thought, [...]

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Diggin’ Palm Oil Free Soap

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Diggin’ Palm Oil Free Soap

Most of us practice personal hygiene at least every couple of days, and because many contain synthetic chemicals, a portion of those end up in our bodies and in our earth.  For the last few months, I’ve been trying to green-up my beauty routine.  If I wouldn’t put something in my body, why would I [...]

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