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Retrieved 12 April Trade barriers crumbled, and world markets developed into more or less integrated trading areas. The industry today stands accused of harming the health of whole nations, not just their babies. For example, in South Australia the company engages Etched Communications. With a change to the top management in , IBFAN raised this and other action required by Nestlé again at the shareholder meeting. Retrieved 7 May

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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.

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In truth, babies fed on formula are more likely to become sick than breastfed babies and, in conditions of poverty, more likely to die. 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? Mark Thomas attempted to find evidence for claims against Nestlé and to speak to heads of the company. In one portion of the show he "received a tin of baby milk from Mozambique. All instructions are in English. Portuguese is the official language.

A article in The Guardian highlighted aggressive marketing practices by Nestlé in Bangladesh. The Council of Canadians , a social action organization, launched a boycott in September in response to the company outbidding a small town aiming to secure a long-term water supply through a local well, stressing the need for bottled water industry reform as the country battles drought and depletion of ground water reserves.

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