2013 January 30- Santa Monica, CA. The non-profit organization, Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), announced today a partnership with the King Chavez Community High School (KCCHS) yesterday to further the domestic mission of OURF and enhance the educational experience of the students of the school.  A letter of mutual understanding was signed by OURF President Dr. Gary Shapiro and KCCHS Principal Jeb Hubbs following productive meetings between Keith Fowler, Vice Principal of KCHHS and Dr. Shapiro.

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UPDATE:  Starbucks is a member of the RSPO and purchases only certified sustainable palm oil.  https://news.starbucks.com/views/starbucks-policy-on-palm-oil

23 January 2013 - Santa Monica, CA -  Starbucks, perhaps the world’s best known and the largest coffeehouse company, sells more than just a good cup of brew. Starbucks also sells the image of a model corporation that is on the cutting edge of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the local, national and international arena. Starbucks prides itself on its environmental stewardship and fair trade record. It uses recycled materials in its containers and has partnered with environmental organizations such as Conservation International to further its CSR. It has CSR goals to purchase increased volume of organic and fair trade coffee from villagers in the growing countries such as Indonesia.

Yet, unknowingly or unwittingly, Starbucks may be part of a supply chain that is killing the endangered orangutan. How can that be?

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03 January 2013 - Jakarta Globe. It is a tradition in mass media to compile an end-of-the-year list. While the Jakarta Globe has covered "Indonesian Stories That Raised Eyebrows in 2012" and "The Biggest News Stories of 2012 Have Only Just Begun," do not forget to take a moment to review environmental issues.

Indonesia is often dubbed as a country plagued with amnesia. Hence, here are a few of environmental stories that made headlines over the past year — those that still need to be followed up in 2013.
 
Illegal Wildlife Trading

Indonesian Police arrested a Depok resident in possession of dozens of stuffed rare animals and pelts in July — after a long hiatus on breaking down illegal wildlife trading.

At least 25 stuffed animals and pelts of rare and protected species were seized by the police, in Cimanggis, Depok, West Java, in the July raid.

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31 December 2012 -Jakarta - Channel News Asia.   Indonesia’s Supreme Court ordered a major palm oil company to pay more than $390 million to the state for tax evasion, a judge said on Friday, in a case likely to set a precedent in the graft-ridden nation.

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2 November 2012 - mongabay.com.   China and India, the world's largest palm oil buyers, should reduce or eliminate an import tariff on eco-certified palm oil to boost demand for less-damaging production of the widely-used oilseed, said the President of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) during the body's tenth annual meeting in Singapore.

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