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
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 taking action to
stop 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
medicinal springs in the town's water park.
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 Colombia executives.
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
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 Attac-Switzerland launched 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
here to download a flier/poster for the Edinburgh event.
12:30 - Arrivals
13:00 - Opening
session: the baby milk campaign and Nestlé boycott
14:00 - Other concerns
about Nestlé (Chair Mark Ballard MSP)
15:00 - Break (there
is a café where refreshments can be purchased)
Sign up to working groups
15:30 - Working
boycott (Baby Milk Action and the Tap Water Awards)
The water campaign
(Franklin Fredrick and WDM Scotland)
Policy campaign (Simpol-UK)
suppliers (Colombia Solidarity Campaign and Oxfam)
16:30 - Reports
from working groups with a focus on the action we can take.
17:30 - Close.
For further information
on the water campaign in Brazil see http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/news/nestle_keep_at_it.htm
and Franklin's article in the Simpol-UK newsletter at http://spdev.gn.apc.org/