This, just in the last 3 months:
- The “world’s least sustainable corporation” has committed to stop destroying the rainforest
- Three huge clothing manufacturers have stopped torturing rabbits for their fur
- The biggest corporate power grab in a generation has stalled in the US Congress, and is facing growing opposition around the world
- The UK government has put plans to sell citizens’ private medical data to corporations on hold
Our growing community of more than 3 million people played a crucial role in every one of these victories -- and many, many more! It’s been an exciting few months.
Meanwhile, we’re pushing forward in other areas, too. A massive US garden store has confirmed to us that it's developing a policy on neonics, the pesticides that are killing the bees. We’ve filed a legal request to fight back in the courts against Bayer’s attempt to overturn Europe’s ban on these poisons. And more and more companies are making strong commitments to remove conflict palm oil from their products. Things are happening fast.
But let’s be clear: The fight against corporate power is a big one. In almost every country, and on almost every issue, big corporations are fighting against the issues we care most about. From environmental protection to human rights to economic justice, corporate power is a huge part of the problem. And until we name it and fight it, we can’t win.
And that’s why there is huge hope in the SumOfUs community. Together, we’re 3 million people strong -- and we hold tremendous collective power over the corporations that increasingly control our democracies.
Thanks for being a part of it. Towards the next 3 months,
-- Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Executive Director
PS: Get ready for some groundbreaking campaigning in the months ahead to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and challenge giant corporations like Monsanto, as well as the launch of SumOfUs in German, French and Spanish (with more to come). Chip in to make it happen here.
VICTORY! Saving Tony the Tiger and the rainforest from the “world’s least sustainable corporation”
After months of organized pressure against Kellogg's and its massive partner Wilmar International -- a palm oil company that Newsweek named the “world's least sustainable corporation” -- both companies are taking action to protect the rainforest!
Kellogg’s and Wilmar have both signed commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains in the next two years -- in what the Guardian called a “major success for environment and consumer groups”. We played a key role in pushing these companies over the line. Here's just a few of the things we did together:
- Bombarded Kellogg's with hundreds of thousands of petition signatures and thousands of phone calls
- Worked with organizers in Michigan (where Kellogg’s is based) to pressure executives on their home turf, generating reams of media coverage
- Delivered tens of thousands of personal messages to Kellogg’s CEO, and met personally with the company’s head of sustainability
- Put the campaign on investors’ radar, who proposed the issue for discussion at the company’s AGM to increase the pressure
- Helped publish a report that exposed Wilmar's role in illegal destruction of orangutan habitat
Kellogg's commitment raises the bar for other consumer companies -- who we're getting ready to target soon. And because Wilmar controls nearly half the world’s palm oil trade, this could represent a massive sea change in the industry. We’re working with partners to make sure they implement their commitments on the ground -- groups like Catapult Campaigns, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace -- all of whom were crucial in winning this campaign, too.
This is great news for Tony the Tiger, and for the survival of Southeast Asia’s rainforests. It's one of our biggest victories to date as a community -- and a very, very big deal.
WE WON: They stopped torturing and killing bunnies for their fur!
When we saw the horrific video footage showing rabbits screaming in pain as their fur was torn off at angora farms in China for the sake of “fashion” -- we knew we had to act. We got in touch with PETA to put pressure on three clothing manufacturers to stop production of their angora products -- and they did!
Topshop was the first to topple, after five days of pressure from SumOfUs members around the world. Not satisfied, we moved on to Asos -- who promised to never sell angora on its website again. Next, we asked clothing giant Zara to suspend orders of angora -- who were initially refusing to act.
After a week of pressure, Zara caved! SumOfUs members mobilized almost 300,000 petition signatures and thousands of comments on Zara’s Facebook wall. 330 people signed up to our Super Bunny Warrior Team, and over 200 people personally delivered the petition to Zara stores to force them to act.
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