Perrier to Expose Nestlé Malpractice
Saturday 24th August,
Perrier Comedy Awards, Edinburgh Art College, Lauriston Place,
Supporters of the Nestlé
Boycott will gather outside the Perrier Comedy Awards ceremony
at the Edinburgh Festival this Saturday night to highlight Nestlés
unethical marketing of breastmilk substitutes which puts infant
health at risk around the world. The Perrier Awards are announced
at midnight on Saturday 24th August at Edinburgh Art College and
a light-hearted protest will take place outside the ceremony.
On the same evening, the corporate free alternative, the Tap
Water Awards will be held at the Bongo Club, backed by trade
unions such as Unison and the Fire Brigade Union.
parent company, is accused of contributing to the unnecessary
death and suffering of infants by undermining breastfeeding and
aggressively promoting its breast milk substitute products. UNICEF
(the United Nations Childrens Fund) says that 1.5 million
babies lives could be saved each year by improving breastfeeding
rates and reducing artificial feeding.
Satirist Mark Thomas
are claiming that they are in the clear as far as the WHO Code
goes. They are lying. I have just returned from South Africa
and have bought two baby milk tins, Nan 1 and Nan 2. Nan 2 has
nothing but English on the label. Having promised on my television
programme two and a half years ago to ensure that labels would
be in the appropriate languages, specifically in South Africa
where there are still many problems with distribution and pollution
of water, they have done nothing but try and rescue their image
rather than solve the problem."
Earlier this year Nestlés
sponsorship of the Hay Literary Festival backfired, as key performers
pulled out (see press release 10
won a Green Oscar at the Johannesburg Earth
Summit, billed as the worlds premier awards for those
acting Green (Nestlé was unable to accept the award
and so a stand in collected it on the company's behalf).
was overall winner of the Best Blue Actor award, for achievement
in Corporate Bluewash, another PR disaster for the company
(read the spoof acceptance speech on the Green
Friends of the
Earth and other NGOs will next week be challenging all the
corporations to attend a public debate and will use the
Nestlé labels found by Mark Thomas as just one example
of bad practice.
For more information
contact Andrea Hill, Campaigns Officer on 07970 749329 or Patti
Rundall, Policy Director on 07786 523493 or the Baby Milk Action
Office on 01223 464420
Archive: Last year's Tap Water Awards - Boycott
Notes for editors
The Boycott targets
Nestlé because independent monitoring by the International
Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)
has consistently found the company to be responsible for systematic
violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements,
far more than any other company. The latest monitoring report,
the Rules Stretching the Rules 2001 again rates Nestlé
as the worst company in terms of compliance following monitoring
in 14 countries. The UK is one of 20 countries where national
groups have launched the Nestlé boycott.
Last year a boycott
of the Perrier Awards called for by celebrities received prominent
media coverage and was welcomed by African health campaigners.
Established comedians such as Rob Newman, Emma Thompson, VictoriaWood
and Steve Coogan supported the boycott. A corporate-free alternative,
called the Tap Water Awards, was launched by the Out of the
Blue trust (see Boycott
is the worlds largest manufacturer of bottled water;
with over 50 brands and 16% of a fast growing $33.7 billion
market. Nestlé faces criticism over its damage to the
environment and local ecosystems in many countries. The promotion
of bottled water can undermine commitment to the provision
of affordable piped water. Labelling brand names such as Nestlés
Pure Life can falsely imply sterility, undermining breastfeeding
and safety messages about boiling water for babies.
on the Tap Water Awards contact Suzy Merrell, Awards organiser,
on 0131 556 5204
- For responses to
some of Nestlé's attempts to divert criticism see the
Answered section. A briefing paper exposing recent Nestlé
public relations materials can be downloaded as a pdf file (1.4
MB) click here.