Written by Baby Milk Action
Nestlé is the target of an international boycott because it aggressively markets baby foods in breach of international standards.
Nestlé is targeted with the boycott because monitoring conducted by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) finds it to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company.
As UNICEF has said:
"Marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding are potentially hazardous wherever they are pursued: in the developing world, WHO estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. These facts are not in dispute."
Although Nestlé does dispute the facts and claims on its website to abide by the marketing requirements.
The Nestlé-Free Zone on the Baby Milk Action website gives an overview of the campaign and contains links to many resources, including a logo and banner to add to your own site or blog. See www.babymilkaction.org/resources/boycott/nestlefree.html
You can find evidence of marketing malpractice in the 'codewatch' section of the Baby Milk Action website www.babymilkaction.org This links to monitoring reports from IBFAN and Baby Milk Action's Campaign for Ethical Marketing action sheets. These resources also expose malpractice by other companies, which are targeted in this way and by letter-writing campaigns.
You can find a daily blog from Baby Milk Action's Campaigns and Networking Coordinator with news on Nestlé and other aspects of the campaign to protect infant health at boycottnestle.blogspot.com.
Campaigners have put a four-point plan to Nestlé for saving infant lives and ultimately ending the boycott, which the company has rejected.
See 'updates' for more details.
Last Updated ( Jul 26, 2008 at 01:47 AM )