Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nestle profile in the Daily Telegraph - 'most boycotted'.

An article in today's Daily Telegraph profiles Nestlé under the headline: "Nestlé: the world's biggest food company and one of the 'most boycotted'".

Nestlé is the target of a boycott because it is the worst of the baby food companies in marketing baby foods in breach of international standards. Its practices undermine breastfeeding and mislead people who use formula. According to UNICEF: "Improved breastfeeding practices and reduction of artificial feeding could save an estimated 1.5 million children a year."

The article includes news of International Nestlé-Free Week, scheduled for 26 October - 1 November. People are encouraged to promote the boycott during the week and if they are not boycotting already, to do so at least for that week. Click here for details.

For analysis of Nestlé's dismissal of the charges against it, see:

The profile is linked to an article highlighting that Nestlé is purchasing 1 million litres of milk per year from Grace Mugabe, wife of the President Robert Mugabe, despite sanctions due to human rights abuses by the regime. According to the article: "American and European officials said that if Nestlé was subject to their rules it would be committing a criminal offence by trading with Mrs Mugabe." The article notes that Nestlé "is not obliged to comply with those sanctions as its headquarters are in Switzerland, but the country has its own set of measures, including against Mrs Mugabe, among which it "is forbidden to make funds available to persons mentioned, or put them, directly or indirectly, at their disposition". Nestlé denies that it has violated Swiss law."

1 comment:

Jan said...

Today it was reported ni the media here that Nestle is purchasing very large amounts of milk from Grace Mugabe's farms in Zimababwe. This is breaking international sanctions against an illegal regime. Nestle says it is not breaking international sanctions because it is based in Switzerland!