Email update : 16 January 2012
Update 44 newsletter preview now available online
A preview version of our Update 44 newsletter is now available online.
In this issue we explore how mothers, babies and their families have been let down by some of the policy makers who should be protecting their interests. They need you now more than ever.
We expose conflicts of interest relating to some of these decisions and report on the work of the new Conflicts of Interest Coalition we have been building. This international network of civil society organisations is calling for the public interest to come before corporate interests.
Mother and children in Nepal by Rudi Roels, featured in the IBFAN breastfeeding calendar 2012.
There is also the latest on the Nestlé boycott and other news. See:
Engagement with corporations - guidance for policy makers
The new edition of SCN News contains an article written by Baby Milk Action's Mike Brady and Patti Rundall.
SCN is the United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition. The theme of the journal is: Nutrition and Business - How to Engage?
There is a trend being followed by some policy makers at UN, government and civil society level to see working in partnership with corporations as the way to achieve goals relating to nutrition and tackling diet-related ill health, such as Non-Communicable Diseases or NCDs. NCDs include things like heart disease (responsible for 29% of global deaths) and diabetes, which are on the increase as more and more people become overweight and obese.
Like several other peer-reviewed articles in the journal, we warn that there is a failure in governance when it comes to nutrition and the industrialised food sector, which involves some of the world's largest transnational corporations.
We set out five key steps for policy makers to take when considering nutrition, health and other issues and the role of the private sector. For further details and to download the whole of SCN News go to:
Nestlé in court for surveillance of ATTAC
On 12 June 2008, a Swiss investigative TV programme revealed that Nestlé paid Securitas, one of Switzerland's largest security firms, to plant a woman in a group of ATTAC Switzerland from the summer of 2003 until the summer of 2004.
At that time, ATTAC was producing a book on various aspects of Nestlé's business and organising a conference, where Baby Milk Action's Campaigns and Networking Coordinator was one of the guest speakers.
The spy's reports were made to Nestlé's head of security, who in the past worked in the British secret service, MI6.
A civil suit has been brought against Nestlé by ATTAC and will be heard on 24 and 25 January.
For further details and some ideas on how to support ATTAC see the Nestlé Critics website by clicking here - or go to http://www.nestlecritics.org/ and look for the latest news posting.
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