Millions of dollars in sweets are sold by Hershey’s, Mars, Mondelēz and Nestlé every Easter — more, even, than Halloween. Sweets that contain palm oil born of rainforest destruction.
With commitments to “No Deforestation” but no adequate system in place to actually track where destruction is going down, these candymakers continue to profit off of a bitter fate for rainforests, and for the tigers, orangutans, elephants, and people that depend on them.
To Hershey’s, Mars, Mondelēz and Nestlé:
For years RAN and its partners have been monitoring your supply chains and exposing the connection between your candies and rainforest destruction in Indonesia’s endangered Leuser Ecosystem.
Instead of making excuses, candymakers must track where destruction is taking place and prove to customers that Conflict Palm Oil isn’t ending up in your sweet treats.
Your companies claim to be committed to “No Deforestation” — but you have failed to take responsibility for knowing what’s happening at the forest floor and intervening to stop forests from falling for Conflict Palm Oil.
This Easter, I’m calling on Hershey’s, Mars, Mondelēz and Nestlé to use the billions of profits made off candy and chocolate to establish a proactive, transparent monitoring system. This system must show consumers where the palm oil that candymakers use is grown, and the actions that each company is taking to track where forests fall and to intervene to keep forests standing.
Do companies like Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, GE and Toyota really want to be “proud sponsors” of an Olympics tied to rainforest destruction and human rights abuses?
Well, that’s exactly what they’re doing by sponsoring the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It’s time to hold Olympic partners accountable and to demand they stop sponsoring the Olympics until Tokyo 2020 cleans up its supply chain.
There’s just no pride in sponsoring destruction.
No more RSPO certification = no more excuses: it’s time to cut ties with Indofood!
Indofood is guilty of worker exploitation, rainforest destruction, and habitat loss and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has terminated its sustainability certification.¹
That’s bad news for Indofood’s business partners and lenders PepsiCo, Yum! Brands, Citigroup, Mizuho, Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), SMBC Group, Rabobank and Standard Chartered. They can't pretend that Indofood is sustainable.
It’s time to let these companies know: we seeeee you! Call on these buyers and banks to STOP doing business with Indofood until it cleans up its act.
While we know that Conflict Palm Oil results in human rights violations and threatens endangered wildlife like orangutans, elephants and tigers -- it’s also a huge threat to the climate we all rely on for survival. We need to keep pressure on industry to sustain a healthy climate too.
Join us in calling on palm producers to not only protect forests, human rights, but also our climate.
Dear Mr. Anthoni Salim,
The Salim Group has been exposed for the illegal destruction of nearly 10,000 hectares of Borneo’s peat forests. I call on you to immediately halt all clearance of forests and peatlands on all concessions under your influence.
The forests destroyed were some of Borneo’s incredibly important peat forests: massive carbon sinks that safely store greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. The 10,000 hectares of peatland cleared is equivalent to 550,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions every year. In order to avoid dangerous climate change, we must keep forests standing and peatlands intact.
As a matter of urgency, the Salim Group should adopt and rapidly implement a “No Deforestation, No Peatland, No Exploitation” policy that applies to its entire palm oil portfolio and all concessions under its influence to ensure the conglomerate no longer contributes to deforestation, peatland development, biodiversity loss or the violation of human rights.
Consumers around the world will not stand by and watch continued deforestation, driving the planet further into climate chaos. Please act immediately and put a stop to all deforestation and peatland clearance on all Salim Group concessions and those under your influence.
Once upon a time, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books was hiding a dirty little secret in its pages. Lurking in the shadows of Disney’s global brand, was paper made from the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia.
Disney isn’t just Disney. As the largest brand licensor in the world, Disney’s brand is on countless products. It turns out that Disney’s vast empire of licensees, and those hundreds upon hundreds of products they make, continue to be at risk of rainforest destruction and human rights abuses.
It’s time for Disney to release a plan that will be good for the creatures of the forest. Tell Disney to be the hero of this story, and save the future of the rainforest.
Dear Disney Leadership,
Protecting forests and human rights is at the core of promoting our magical world. While I applaud the work that Disney has done in creating a groundbreaking and meaningful policy, I am also eager to see how Disney is turning that policy into timely and meaningful action to protect forests and communities. It’s time for Disney to show that it still holds a leadership role for people and planet and to publish an implementation plan that will truly protect Indonesia’s forests.
Indofood is guilty of worker exploitation, rainforest destruction and habitat loss.
That’s bad news for Indofood’s joint venture partners PepsiCo, Yum! Brands, and Wilmar, and for major financiers Mizuho, Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG), SMBC Group, Rabobank and Standard Chartered, companies still buying from and bankrolling this destructive company: they can’t pretend that the palm oil they’re dealing in is sustainable.
Call on buyers and banks to STOP doing business with Indofood until it takes responsibility for its actions.
Anything less proves that these companies don’t care if their palm oil is free of exploitation and destruction.
Time to SUSPEND Indofood
We’ve proven Indofood’s human rights abuses and rainforest destruction. Now it’s time to hold the company accountable. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is the world’s largest certification system for “sustainable” palm oil, and it’s far past time for the RSPO to suspend Indofood.
Take action now: We demand that the RSPO send the clearest message to Indofood and any other company that destroys with one hand as they sell palm oil with the other: clean up your act or you’re out.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee must be absolutely sure that the companies they buy from aren’t responsible for species extinction.
Sun bears, clouded leopards, and orangutans are just a few of the world’s rarest animals threatened by deforestation.
Already, a huge amount of rainforest timber has been used in the construction of a new stadium and multiple sports venues and we know that the Olympics have sourced wood from Korindo, a company that cuts down rainforest in some of the most diverse tropical ecosystems in the world.
Help us deliver 25,000 petitions demanding that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizers stop building stadiums and venues from rainforest destruction, address the negative impacts they have had, and strengthen their sourcing policy so this never happens again!
Let them know the world is watching.
To IOC President Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee,
I am extremely concerned about the Olympics’ continued exploitation of rainforests for the construction of Olympic venues in Tokyo. There is nothing sustainable about sourcing wood from the habitat of endangered orangutans or other valuable ecosystems. The reputation and legacy of the Olympics is at stake unless you strengthen your timber sourcing standards, and make absolutely sure that all wood products used for the Olympics are legal and sustainable. It’s time you cut ties with any supplier found to be destroying vital rainforests.
YOU DID IT! Nearly 25,000 people like you demanded that candymakers stop their sourcing of Conflict Palm Oil from SPS II, one of the worst rainforest destroyers, AND IT WORKED!
Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey’s have publicly committed to stop buying palm oil from SPS II!
It’s a fantastic first step, but we can’t let these companies make a profit off of rainforest destruction and just walk away...What good does that do for the forests destroyed by SPS II to make their palm oil?
These companies need to step up and apply pressure to SPS II to do the right thing by restoring the forests that have been destroyed and establishing a credible resolution process for the land conflict with local communities.
A year of investigations have revealed human rights abuses, including wrongful arrest and torture by police. With our allies in Indonesia, TuK INDONESIA and WALHI, we’ve just released a new report that exposes devastating human rights abuses tied to notorious logging and palm oil company Korindo.
What’s more, we’ve traced Korindo wood all the way to the construction sites of the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues, and followed Korindo’s money to major banks including Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).
Tell SMBC that they must stop financing ANY company implicated in human rights abuses and rainforest destruction.
I am very concerned about your bank’s willingness to finance companies that are destroying rainforests and abusing human rights in Indonesia. As a multinational company, SMBC Group has a responsibility to respect human rights and protect the environment for future generations. SMBC should strengthen its financing policies and explicitly prohibit financing of activities by clients which violate laws or negatively impact rainforests, peatlands, Indigenous and customary rights, or labor rights through their direct operations or supply chains.