We've spent this summer side by side with so many of you pushing and pushing mammoth corporations to do the right thing for forests, for people, for the climate. Sometimes, it feels like an uphill battle and you wonder whether these giants will ever move...until they do. As summer comes to a close, we've got really fantastic news for you. From Wall Street to the rainforest, our work together is having a real impact. Good times.
Two years ago no bank had a policy on coal mining. Wall Street was funding the most destructive form of coal mining, mountaintop removal (MTR), without blinking an eye. Thanks to you and many incredible RAN allies, after three years of unrelenting action Bank of America, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have all passed public policies limiting their financial relationships with mountaintop removal coal mining companies. And all of them have completely cut their ties to Massey Energy, the largest MTR company in the country.
General Mills On The Verge
Thanks so much for all your letters, phone calls, and visits to General Mills demanding that they create a palm oil policy that protects Indonesia's rainforests. Last week, General Mills announced that they have started work on a new palm oil policy! Help us make sure they go for the strongest policy possible by writing CEO Ken Powell one last time (hopefully), to let him know you're counting on him to seize this opportunity to the fullest.
Indigenous Rights Now
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is the most comprehensive international statement on Indigenous rights to date. When the UN General Assembly adopted this Declaration in 2007, the U.S. government was one of only four countries that voted "no." President Obama must make an unwavering stand for Indigenous rights, and turn this vote around.
Vote Chevron Into The Corporate Hall of Shame
Each year, the most environmentally and socially irresponsible companies in the world are nominated for the Corporate Hall of Shame. In 2010, the upper echelon of corporate wrongdoing is well represented, and of course that means Chevron is up for this "prestigious" award for the toxic oil pollution it refuses to clean up in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Chevron deserves your vote!