Nestlé baby milk scandal has grown up but not gone away

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Expensive baby foods can also increase family poverty. It also launched a long-running global campaign, proving that networked social action was possible even in snail mail days. According the the World Health Organisation WHO improving breastfeeding practices could prevent , child deaths every year. See our briefing on Nestlé for examples of Nestlé marketing practices, with images, links and references. 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. UN resolutions are "soft law" that have little direct effect, yet often lead to hard national enforcement. Research and development investment was CHF 1.

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As the world searches for better measures of development than gross domestic product GDP , counting dead babies remains an important indicator. But if infant mortality was a stark indicator of poor infant feeding practices in the s, gross obesity is a parallel indicator of poor nutrition today. And action to control the products and marketing of large food companies are an obvious means to improve people's health. So the spectre of global regulation still looms, an existential issue for the global food companies.

But there will need to be more explicit codes of practice and the political will to enforce them if shareholder action is to be effective.

If global companies are to produce and promote healthier food and treat their suppliers more fairly and remain market leaders, such standards must also be enforced or cheap unregulated competition will inevitably undermine those who comply. Critics of the global food business also face challenges.

Realists know that a return to a bucolic world of trusted small-scale local food production cannot meet the needs of seven billion people today and more tomorrow. But should activists build on existing regulatory platforms by raising the bar, setting new standards and mobilising shareholders to promote a more responsible and accountable global food industry? Or should they take a more aggressive approach to monitoring and acting directly against damaging behaviour?

We will probably see a mix of both strategies, making the food business a challenging place to be over the next few years. Back in Davos, my dedication to Brabeck was simple. Reading the Baby Killer report today showed that we had made progress since the s, I said. I thanked him for his support on the global water agenda, and I meant it. Of course there are many places around the world where Nestlé's operations are challenged by workers and communities, for many valid reasons.

But in an imperfect world, at least some of the immediate issues are now on the table for public discussion and he has helped to put them there. I could perhaps have added the Mozambican adaptation of that old revolutionary slogan: But, however accurate, that would have spoilt the moment.

Mike Muller is an engineer, writer and development specialist. Currently a member of South Africa's National Planning Commission , he is also a visiting professor of public and development management at the University of the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg.

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. Become a GSB member to get more stories like this direct to your inbox. 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.

Topics Guardian sustainable business Social impact. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. The World Health Organisation says: Nestlé targets pregnant women, mothers of babies and young children and health workers to promote its products and boost its sales.

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. Register with Baby Milk Action to receive email alerts. If you doubt that Nestlé is doing anything wrong, see the monitoring evidence in our Campaign for Ethical Marketing section.

You can register your support for the boycott via our contact page. You can encourage organisations to endorse the Nestlé boycott. See our sample resolution. It is important to tell Nestlé you are supporting the boycott — even if only for Nestlé-Free Week. If you would like to hold a meeting, why not order one of the films in our on-line Virtual Shop? Download our leaflet on why to boycott Fairtrade KitKat. You could ask people to send letters to Nestlé as part of our Campaign for Ethical Marketing.

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Click here for an example. If you are supporting the boycott, please send an email to Nestlé. To tell people about the boycott by email, you could cut and paste the following text and adapt it to send to your friends, family and colleagues. 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.

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