I felt this deserved a brand new graphic that I can use for all signal-boost posts in future. It’s all too easy to overlook avoiding Nestlé when out purchasing the weekly shopping, particularly when so many of their product lines don’t openly carry the Nestlé brand.
Today marks the beginning of International Nestle-Free Week 2010. If you are not yet aware of the reasons why people boycott and protest Nestlé, here is a summary:
Nestlé is accused by experts of unethical business practices such as:
* Promoting infant formula with misleading and harmful strategies that violate the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and put both breastfed and formula fed babies at risk (see Baby Milk Action’s Briefing on Nestle Updated July 2010 and the Boycott Nestle – and other action to protect infant health blog);
* Using suppliers that violate human rights (e.g purchasing milk from Mugabe, buying cocoa from suppliers that use child slaves) and destroy the environment (e.g. palm oil from rainforest);
* Controlling and abusing of water sources in its bottled water operations (e.g. in United States and in Brazil);
* Promoting unhealthy food, especially for young children;
* Trade union busting activities and denying the rights of workers to collectively bargain;
* …and more (see Nestle Critics Portal and Corporate Watch: Nestle SA: Corporate Crimes).
Nestlé defends its unethical business practices and uses doublespeak, denials and deception in an attempt to cover up or justify those practices. When laws don’t exist or fail to hold Nestlé to account, it takes public action to force Nestlé to change. Public action can take on many forms, including boycotting Nestlé brands, helping to spread the word about Nestlé’s unethical business practices, and putting pressure on the government to pass legislation that would prevent Nestlé from doing things that put people, animals and the environment at risk.
Go. Read. Consider joining in.