Baby Milk Action, a UK-based organization that has consistently kept up the pressure for Nestle to practice ethical marketing of its products–most notably infant formula–is promoting a Nestle-Free Zone October 26-November 1, 2009.
If you aren’t aware of the reasons why the boycott of Nestle’s marketing of powdered infant formula has been going on for more than 30 years, with a slight gap in between of a few years before resuming again, go here or here.
Blacktating is organizing a boycott of Nestle candy during Halloween. I’m borrowing her list of non-Nestle made candy to repost here:
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Jolly Ranchers
- Mars Bars
- Almond Joy
- Tootsie Rolls
- Tootsie Pops
(More on GlobalExchange’s Reverse-Trick-or-Treat program here–this is where kids hand out little samples of fair trade chocolate to the people who give them candy to educate them about the conditions under which most chocolate’s made.)
I’m adding my own spin on the boycott: I’ve decided to not buy any Nestle brand candy to give out to children. Of the candy I do buy, I plan to send the empty non-Nestle candy wrappers of what gets eaten to Nestle’s U.S. corporate headquarters. It’s proof I made choices other than Nestle.
Brad Alford, Chairman and CEO Nestlé USA
800 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Interestingly, this is about 10 miles from where I live.
Obviously, Nestle’s international headquarters in Switzerland is much farther away. Domestic postage it is.
I feel this is the best way to illustrate that I have other choices to make, and I plan to include a letter voicing my displeasure with their flouting of WHO and other international guidelines on milk supplements.
Mind you, this has nothing to do with choosing breastfeeding over formula. It has everything to do with promoting and marketing a product unethically in countries where the choice of formula can be deadly, in violation of local laws enacted to protect that country’s citizens.
I think there are other products Nestle can manufacture and sell for a reasonable profit instead of formula. They’re a large, innovative corporation with thousands of nutritionists and food scientists on staff. Perhaps they can work on offering, as this blogger suggested, vitamins or nutritional supplement bars to pregnant and lactating women, both in the US and in the third world. I’d be perfectly happy to see them offer a pro-social product like that and drop the formula marketing.