The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is a left-leaning environmentalist organization that advocates against businesses which produce conventional energy sources (such as oil and natural gas), paper products, and consumer goods. Founded in 1985, RAN frequently ties its mission to the identity politics common on the American Left.  It is allied with some of the largest environmental groups in the nation, such as the Sierra Club. It has been endorsed by former Obama White House advisor Van Jones. 
RAN’s initiatives are largely activist-based and organized to pressure corporations to acquiesce to pressure from RAN and its allied organizations. Its reports in recent years have focused heavily on opposing the use of palm oil and campaigning for banks not to serve the energy industry. 
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RAN has for years opposed “Conflict Palm Oil,” a term used by environmentalists to describe palm oil industry practices under conditions which RAN says cause environmental harm and involve human rights abuses. 
RAN’s most prominent opponent in its palm oil-related corporate campaigns is PepsiCo. In 2017, the company formally suspended its palm oil partnership with Indofood after allegations of environmental and human abuses, an Indonesian company with which PepsiCo partners with for some products. 
“Banking on Climate Change”
In March 2019, RAN partnered with five other environmental groups – such as The Sierra Club and Oil Change International – to release a report called “Banking on climate change.” 
The report tracked 33 international banks and criticized them for offering market services to energy companies. The report’s detailed methodology acknowledges that the assessments of the banks were not provided with direct data from the banks. 
RAN and its allies have pushed for corporations to stop deforestation and other environmental abuses which impact Indonesia’s rainforests and many of the nation’s poor citizens.  RAN highlights “purchasing policies” by global brands which have changed due to pressure from environmental groups. Those changes are designed to reduce negative impacts of pulp, paper, and viscose production.
Rainforest Action Network raised $7,909,549 in 2017. Its initiatives cost $6,840,501, and its assets that year were $6,417,015. 
RAN has given $1.5 million to 250 “front-line communities,” indigenous groups, and activist allies since its founding. 
RAN received millions of dollars from corporate, nonprofit, and individual donors in 2018. The Ford Foundation and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation each donated at least $100,000. The Humane Society of the United States donated between $50,000 and $100,000.  Other notable contributors in recent years include the Foundation for the Carolinas, the California Community Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Frank E. Payne and Seba B. Payne Foundation. 
- $5,000 went to the Protecting Mother Earth Conference, which was sponsored by the Indigenous Climate Action and Indigenous Environmental Network.
- $2,500 was provided to activists opposed to the Louisiana-based Bayou Bridge Pipeline. According to RAN, the pipeline is designed to move fracked oil.
- $10,000 was provided to Solidarity to Solutions Week activities. The money was used to push for clean energy and to assess the impact of environmental damage on indigenous people affected by corporations and climate change.
- The Native Organizers Alliance received $10,000 from RAN as part of a South Dakota-based effort to halt the KXL pipeline “if and when” the pipeline is created.
RAN’s international donations were more substantial. Nearly $300,000 went to several grants across the world as part of RAN’s coalition efforts.
Rainforest Action Network claimed to have pressured Burger King to cancel $35 million in cattle contracts in Costa Rica in 1987.  Burger King also promised to only use domestic cattle for its burgers. Additionally, officials in Costa Rica asked RAN co-founder Mike Roselle to help the nation implement a law in line with RAN’s principles. Roselle attended a symposium along with then-Costa Rica president Oscar Arias, future Costa Rica president Jose Figueres, and top Burger King executives. 
In 1999, RAN participated in the Seattle World Trade Organization protests. These protests locked down the city, and the Washington Post reported at the time that police made 20 arrests. 
In 2019, RAN and its allies pushed a petition with 45,000 signatures as part of a pressure campaign to force Liberty Mutual to not insure a coal mine in Australia.  According to a press release issued by the coalition, Liberty Mutual did not respond to meeting requests about their insurance policies.
RAN has been critical of the Trump administration for pulling out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and for pulling out of the Paris Climate accords.   The group also praised a judge who declared the administration’s efforts to move forward with the Keystone XL Pipeline violated environmental laws. 
Rainforest Action Network was co-founded by, among others, Mike Roselle. Roselle told Time in 2009 that he had been arrested about 50 times for his activism.  Roselle is listed as a “Board Emeritus” member as of 2018. 
Hollywood actors Woody Harrelson and Daryl Hannah were Honorary Board Members of RAN in 2018.