Why we boycott Nestle who destroy lives

Why we boycott Nestle who are raping the earth, don’t give a toss about communities or people, destroy land and lives and own many other brands under their company. In fact Nestlé owns over 8,500 brands in over 80 countries! See the brands here –
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 Back breaking work for a child on a cocoa plantation
Water is life – read all about  The Swiss film “Bottled Life” which documents the booming business with bottled water, by focusing on the global leader in this lucrative multi-billion dollar market – namely, the Nestlé corporation in Switzerland. Nestlé currently controls more than 70 of the world’s bottled water brands, among them Perrier, San Pellegrino and Vittel.
Nestlé is taking advantage of the often out-of-date water rights in many locations by operating to the limits of legality – not only in developing countries but also in the USA and elsewhere in the industrialized world. Which leads us on to Water pollution – According to the Nestle in Society 2015 Report, viewed by Ethical Consumer in Jan 2017, the company was in the process of phasing out refrigerants with high global warming potential from its industrial operations. However, at the time of writing, global warming refrigerants were still being used. The company therefore lost marks under the Climate Change and Pollution & Toxics sub categories.
A 1997 report found that in the UK, over a 12 month period, water pollution limits were breached 2,152 times in 830 locations and read this from Friends of the Earth.
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Palm oil use  Nestlé is tied to palm oil production that threatens rainforests and endangered animals, and exploits workers. Nestle uses palm oil from companies that are trashing Indonesian rainforests, threatening the livelihoods of local people and pushing orangutans towards extinction. Greenpeace started a campaign against Nestle  and said we all deserve to have a break – but having one shouldn’t involve taking a bite out of Indonesia’s precious rainforests. The updated info after the campaign is that José Lopez, Executive Vice President Nestle S.A., announced Nestle’s commitment to ending the deforestation of rainforests but we all know that empty words have been promised by Nestle before, so we will wait and see and hope for the best outcome.
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Baby milk scandal – So in the 70’s Nestle thought it was a good idea to target 3rd world countries and educate them on how fantastic baby formula is and how it’s almost as good as breast feeding, they specifically targeted the poor. They even hired women in nurses uniforms to go to homes and sell them baby formula!
The first problem was the need for water sanitation. Most of the groups they were targeting – especially in Africa – didn’t have access to clean water (many don’t to this day), so it was necessary for them to boil the water. But due to low literacy rates, many mothers were not aware of this, so they mixed the formula with polluted water which put the children at great risks. Nestle seems to have knowingly ignored this and encouraged mothers to use the formula even when they knew the risks. (source) The mothers could read in their native languages but the instructions for using the baby formula correctly was printed in English so they had to guess what to do with it, another problem was that mothers tended to use less formula than needed – to make the jar last longer, resulting in many infants receiving inadequate amounts, and then dying from malnutrition
Child labour – Children younger than 15 continue to work at cocoa farms connected to Nestle, more than a decade after the food company promised to end the use of child labour in its supply chain. Fair labour association said ” In its investigation FLA found multiple serious violations of Nestlé’s supplier code; violations which persist in many instances because there are no local laws in place to provide fair and safe working conditions. Health and safety problems are rampant, with 72 percent of reported injuries resulting from workers’ use of machetes. FLA’s investigation also found instances of discrimination due to a lack of appropriate local laws and enforcement systems, and local cultural norms. Nestlé’s labor code limits hours of work to 60 hours per week, including overtime, but workers – especially unpaid family members – often work excessive hours during the harvest. Additionally, compensation rarely provides for all of sharecroppers’ and workers’ basic needs, and there is little opportunity for workers to organize.  Child labor remains the primary cause for concern; even when children do have alternatives to working on cocoa farms and attend school, they often continue to work in unsafe conditions on farms during school breaks.”
The International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit against Nestle (among others) on behalf of three Malian children. The suit alleged the children were trafficked to Côte d’Ivoire, forced into slavery, and experienced frequent beatings on a cocoa plantation.
Nestle have been investigating and have come up with a cocoa plan
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“The use of child labour in our cocoa supply chain goes against everything we stand for,” says Nestle’s Executive Vice-President for Operations Jose Lopez. “No company sourcing cocoa from the Ivory Coast can guarantee that it doesn’t happen, but we can say that tackling child labour is a top priority for our company.” – again time will tell if this is the case but I am hoping they are true and do make changes, sooner rather than later.
 
Slavery – In November 2015 Nestle went public with the news it had found forced labour in its supply chains in Thailand and that its customers were buying products tainted with the blood and sweat of poor, unpaid and abused migrant workers. “As we’ve said consistently, forced labour and human rights abuses have no place in our supply chain,” said Magdi Batato, Nestlées executive vice-president in charge of operations, in a written statement. “Nestle believes that by working with suppliers we can make a positive difference to the sourcing of ingredients.
In 2016 Nestle was being sued over allegations that it used child slaves to harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast in Africa. The allegations include forced child labor, beatings, salt literally being poured into wounds. Watch the documentary: The Dark Side of Chocolate, detailing how the world’s chocolate makers, bought cocoa from farmers, who engage in widespread labor abuses.

I will let you draw your own conclusions to boycott Nestle and its subsidiaries, after all these allegations and tragic stories and media exposes from around the world, Nestle are putting some things into place like building schools and education and sustainability programmes, I feel that when certain businesses get this big, morals and individuality gets thrown aside for profit and greed. The only way I know for sure, that we as a family are not contributing to any of these practises are to boycott Nestle and companies like Nestle and doing thorough research into the back stories, from multiple sources of what is happening.

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