Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting other globally minded people.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly guest speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.

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Next Event

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

A Joint Event with the 

Providence Council on Foreign Relations 

at The Hope Club

The Destructive Effects of Palm Oil 

How This Crop is Creating Ecological Devastation and Human Suffering

...and What is Being Done To Stop It!

You wash with it, you brush with it, you consume it, it’s in 50% of what you buy – but what’s the real story of palm oil?

Palm oil has become a favorite ingredient in use by the processed food industry, and production is soaring. But as the highest-yielding vegetable oil crop it is the cause of widespread deforestation and much human suffering.

In 2004, a group of environmental non-profits and palm oil companies joined together to set up the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The roundtable sets out eight principles, citing 163 criteria, which are designed to prevent the worst aspects of palm oil cultivation: illegal deforestation, chemical pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of biodiversity, water loss, poor employment conditions etc. With nearly 3,600 members, it is the largest multi-stakeholder initiative of its kind.

Dan Strechary is the U.S. Representative of the RSPO and will speak with us about these initiatives and the progress that is being made. 

About the Speaker

Dan Strechary is responsible for outreach and engagement activities to members and stakeholders in the U.S., as well as formalizing the RSPO’s presence in this important market.

Prior to joining the RSPO, Dan was the Senior Manager, Sustainability Communications for PepsiCo, located at the Purchase, NY headquarters where he worked on the implementation and communication of their “Performance with Purpose” vision, as well as providing support for the Office of Sustainability, Procurement, Public Policy and Government Affairs teams on sustainability issues and policies.

Previously, Dan was a member of the Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Team in the Americas for Asia Pulp & Paper, supporting the launch of company’s zero deforestation policy, and the Group Director of Communications for the world’s largest publicly traded metal and electronics recycling company, Sims Metal Management.


The Hope Club

6 Benevolent Street, Providence


6:00 PM Social Hour 

6:45 PM Dinner 

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


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