Halloween – the time for ghoulish costumes and fun. The time when we bring out the candy. But, for me, it is the time of year when I remember why I boycott Nestle, one of the world’s largest conglomerates.
10 Reasons to Boycott Nestle This Halloween (and year round).
- Their continued disregard for the WHO code for marketing of breastmilk substitutes (Read the history of Nestle and the WHO code here)
- Their belief in privatizing public water for their own monetary gain – Truth in a Colbert Nation report… he’s a news comic but we all know the truth there! Let’s look also at this Cause that is currently in the news. Of course there’s also an issue with the pollution caused by all the bottles needed for the bottled water. View this Environmental Working Group page.
- 10/6/13 edit: Let’s look at not just parody but here’s a link to the video of the Nestle CEO, Peter_Brabeck-Letmathe, with translation http://www.youtube.com/embed/SEFL8ElXHaU
- A Guardian article discussing how Nestle plans to continue to crusade to privatize water. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/nestle-peter-brabeck-attitude-water-change-stewardship – he sounds so positive about the reasoning, but it is an attempt to greenwash the issue out of corporate greed.
- Pushing formula in locations where access to clean water is minimal – Forbes article covers this in their coverage of the Google Kitkat controversy
- Child Slavery in the Ivory Coast (Cocoa) – BBC article on the topic from 2012.
- Nestle is linked to purchasing milk from Zimbabwe’s Mugabe during an international sanction on her, during which there was rapid inflation and food shortage in the country. See this BBC article.
- They continually lack “health” standards, even in their baby/toddler food line. After a 2010 “Salt Award” for too much salt in Nestle Gerber toddler foods, in 2013, they are still “trying” to correct it. See this Washington Post article.
- Related to the origin of the “WHO Code” Nestle is known to dress up their sales people as nurses and hand out samples to illiterate people. See this Guardian article on the history of Nestle Boycotts.
- Nestle is being boycotted for testing on animals. See more information on Nestle Testing on Animals in this DailyMail article.
- Nestle uses a double standard and refused to change over when a Thai group requested they stop using GMOs in products made there. Read more in this Just Food article and Green Peace article.
- They’ve been accused of re-selling their expired milk products in Colombia and then the whistle blower, Luciano Enrique Romero, ends up murdered. In a related incident, Pakistani doctor, Syed Aamir Raza was employed by Nestle became a whistle blower and is in hiding after exposing Nestle’s blatant breaking of the WHO code. Shots were fired at him while he was bringing the issue to attention in England. See this Infact Canada article.
- Okay 11 reasons – Nestle has no regard for pollution they cause. Mass production of food and pollution go well together. Read this Polaris Institute article on Nestle’s
water pollution in Chinaa new link with the information..
For a complete list of Nestle companies, click here. Besides Candy – Know that Nestle owns Libby’s pumpkin.
So for everything Nestle sells, you have an alternative. Why not make a choice this October to see the reasons to boycott Nestle. It isn’t just about marketing of breast milk alternatives (AKA formula).
I also recommend this article by Business Insider regarding the 1970s “War on Want.”
Nestle is the most boycotted company in the world. These are just a few reasons. Take a look for yourself and see how you can make an impact.