Protecting breastfeeding – Protecting babies fed on formula
Archived from the original on 29 June As director general of South Africa's Department of Water Affairs, he designed and led a programme that has brought safe water to over 16 million people since This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Archived from the original on April 9, As you probably know, I support the boycott of Nestlé products. But if they are offered and encouraged to "choose" super-saturated fat diets, dosed with excessive salt and drinks laced with multiple sugars, can the industries that produce and promote those products absolve themselves from the ugly outcomes?
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Nestlé also puts babies who need to be fed on formula at risk. It refuses to warn on labels that powdered formula is not sterile and may contain harmful bacteria and does not give correct instructions on how to reduce the risks — unless forced to by law as in the UK, where it markets the SMA brand. It also takes the lead in undermining regulations implementing the marketing standards.
It is now rivalled by Danone, the second biggest company, as a source of violations. Danone is targeted with the DanoNO campaign. See our briefing on Nestlé for examples of Nestlé marketing practices, with images, links and references.
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According the the World Health Organisation WHO improving breastfeeding practices could prevent , child deaths every year. Despite this Nestlé continues to push its baby milks in breach of international standards. Nestlé is the largest of the baby milk companies. Monitoring by groups on the ground around the world shows Nestlé systematically violates the marketing requirements and drives down standards for the industry as a whole. The boycott has forced some changes from the company, but it is still a long way from complying.
Campaigners are also working for laws. The children are usually 12 to 15 years old, and some are trafficked from nearby countries. The Assessments of Shared Hazelnut Supply Chain In Turkey, published by the Fair Labor Association , identified "a total of 46 child workers younger than 15 years" as well as "a total of 83 young workers between 15 and 18 years of age working the same hours as adults and performing similar hazardous and strenuous tasks, such as carrying heavy bags of hazelnuts weighing up to 70 kilograms".
In Canada, the Competition Bureau raided the offices of Nestlé Canada along with those of Hershey Canada and Mars Canada in to investigate the matter of price fixing of chocolates. Nestlé and the other companies were subject to class-action lawsuits for price fixing after the raids were made public in A massive class-action lawsuit continues in the United States.
A coalition of environmental groups filed a complaint against Nestlé to the Advertising Standards of Canada after Nestlé took out full-page advertisements in October claiming, "Most water bottles avoid landfill sites and are recycled", " Nestlé Pure Life is a healthy, eco-friendly choice", and, "Bottled water is the most environmentally responsible consumer product in the world.
Considerable controversy has surrounded Nestlé's bottled water brand Arrowhead sourced from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon situated in a Native American Reservation at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains in California.
While corporate officials and representatives of the governing Morongo tribe have asserted that the company, which started its operations in , is providing meaningful jobs in the area and that the spring is sustaining current surface water flows, a number of local citizen groups and environmental action committees have started to question the amount of water drawn in the light of the ongoing drought, and the restrictions that have been placed on residential water use.
The former forest supervisor Gene Zimmerman has explained that the review process was rigorous, and that the Forest Service "didn't have the money or the budget or the staff" to follow through on the review of Nestlé's long-expired permit. Firstly, along with the natural resource manager for Nestlé, Larry Lawrence, Zimmerman is a board member for and played a vital role in the founding of the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation, of which Nestlé is the most noteworthy and longtime donor.
In April , the city of Cascade Locks, Oregon and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife , which is using water for a salmon hatchery, applied with the Oregon Water Resources Department to permanently trade their water rights to Nestlé; an action which does not require a public-interest review. Nestlé approached them in and they had been considering to trade their well water with Oregon's Oxbow Springs water, a publicly owned water source in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and to sell the spring water at over million gallons of water per year to Nestlé.
The plan has been criticized by legislators and 80, citizens. As a result, the Cascade Locks city council voted 5-to-1 to keep up the fight. Soon after, Governor Kate Brown directed state officials to stop an exchange of water rights that was crucial to the deal, citing fiscal rather than environmental reasons. Nestlé then acknowledged that the exchange "will not be going forward", marking a definite end to the planned bottling operation. Its bottled water is sold under the Ice Mountain Spring label.
The local planning commission denied the application to build a booster station to increase the capacity of the pipeline that delivers water to a water truck depot some distance from the town. Local citizens mounted considerable grassroots opposition to the plan, with 55 opponents testifying against the proposal at a meeting attended by almost people in July Regarding the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, section 17, a measure precipitated by Nestlé's previous demands, Bill Cobbs, a current Democratic gubernatorial candidate said, "This is wrong -- when this act was written in it was never intentioned that water would be up for sale.
Goliath" situation is drawing increasing national attention. You can always build a chocolate factory. In August , the Ukrainian TV channel Ukrayina refused to hire a worker of the weekly magazine Krayina , Alla Zheliznyak, as a host of a cooking show because she speaks Ukrainian. The demand to only hire a Russian-speaking host was allegedly set by a sponsor of the show — Nesquik , which is a brand of Nestlé S.
Activists threatened to start a boycott campaign against Nestlé if they will not fulfill their requirements. In September , there were "Russian kills! At the conclusion of a year-long self-imposed investigation in November , Nestlé disclosed that seafood products sourced in Thailand were produced with forced labour.
Nestlé is not a major purchaser of seafood in Southeast Asia, but does some business in Thailand — primarily for its Purina cat food. The study found virtually all U. Nestlé was expected to launch a year-long program in focused on protecting workers across its supply chain. The company has promised to impose new requirements on all potential suppliers, train boat owners and captains about human rights,  and hire auditors to check for compliance with new rules.
In September , an investigation  conducted by NGO Mighty Earth found that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Nestlé and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana.
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