Nestlé to be exposed by gathering of
human rights campaigners in Edinburgh
Announcement: 23 October event - free entry
Teviot House, Bristo Square, Edinburgh. 12:30
exhibition. 13:00 start.
Nestlé, the world's largest food company, is to be
exposed for malpractice
including aggressive marketing of baby foods, trade
union busting, environmental
destruction and exploitation of suppliers as experts present
evidence at a public meeting in Edinburgh, 23 October,
13:00 - 17:30. The International
Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), celebrating 25 years of
campaigning to protect infants and their families, will
present monitoring results
gathered in 69 countries, which show Nestlé continues to be the
worst of the baby food companies in pushing artificial
feeding over breastfeeding.
While Nestlé is the target of a 20-country boycott for this
malpractice, there are other concerns about its
activities, which experts will
expose. Mark Ballard MSP, will introduce an international panel.
Workshops will focus on exposing the malpractice
highlighted in the presentations
and an adjoining exhibition and promoting the boycott of
Nestlé (including of the Nestlé Perrier Comedy Award
at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
Representatives of the corporate-free Tap Water Awards for
outstanding artists at the Edinburgh Fringe will take
part and there will be an
interlude for entertainment.
The Brazilian Citizens' Movement for Water will explain
its involvement in winning
a legal action against Nestlé over the environmental destruction
caused by Nestlé Perrier's water bottling operation in
the historic spa town of São
Lourenço. Despite promising the judge and a hearing in the House of
Representatives that it would close down its operations
this month, Nestlé has
increased the volume it is pumping, which has already damaged
springs in the town's water park.
The Colombia Solidarity Campaign will describe how
trade unionists have been targeted
by paramilitary death squads after being labelled as enemies of the
company and "personae non gratae" by Nestlé
Together with coffee growers' organisations in
producing countries, Oxfam International
is running a campaign attempting to persuade governments,
multilaterals and coffee roasters, including Nestlé,
to pay a decent wage to suppliers
and will present information about this. Information on this will
Campaigners will discuss strategies for taking action
against Nestlé malpractice.
The meeting is being conducted jointly with Simpol-UK, which is
developing policies for holding corporations to account
in the Simultaneous Policy,
and Edinburgh University People and Planet group.
The meetings arise from a similar gathering in Nestlé's
home town of Vevey, Switzerland,
in June 2004, hosted by the Berne Declaration,
Attac-Switzerland and Greenpeace Switzerland where
a book exposing the 'Nestlé empire'.
For further information contact: Mike Brady, Campaigns
and Networking Coordinator,
Baby Milk Action, 23 St. Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AX.
Tel: 01223 464420. Mobile: 07986 736179. Email:
A Similar workshop was held at the European Social
Forum (ESF) on 16 October.
The meeting in Edinburgh will take place at Teviot Row House,
Bristo Square (click here for a map).
Click here to download a flier/poster for the Edinburgh
* 12:30 - Arrivals and exhibition
* 13:00 - Opening session: the baby milk campaign and
* 14:00 - Other concerns about Nestlé (Chair Mark
* 15:00 - Break (there is a café where refreshments
can be purchased)
Sign up to working groups
* 15:30 - Working groups on:
* The Nestlé boycott (Baby Milk Action and the Tap
* The water campaign (Franklin Fredrick and WDM
* The Simultaneous Policy campaign (Simpol-UK)
* Workers and suppliers (Colombia Solidarity Campaign
and info. on the Oxfam coffee
* 16:30 - Reports from working groups with a focus on
the action we can take.
* 17:30 - Close.