Is your family participating in International Nestlé-free Week: 2010? Mine is. I had intended to get a post up today I was working on about why my family boycotts Nestlé but for now you can read this from PhD in Parenting or read about what Nestlé did to deserve a boycott here. Please understand that while part of the reason for the Nestlé boycott does have to do with the way they market their breastmilk substitutes, the boycott is not because they make formula. Boycotting Nestlé is in no way a judgment on those that use Nestlé formula or any other formula to feed their baby.
So while my post on boycotting Nestlé isn't up yet I did want to share with you a sample form letter you can use to express your concern to Nestlé and inform them of your decision to boycott their products and brands. Please feel free to copy this letter and use it word for word or to modify as you see fit and sign your name on the bottom. Let's communicate to Nestlé that the world-wide boycott of their products is in no way over even after 30 years and that it has, in fact, revitalized and will continue to go strong until they make significant changes.
Letters may be printed out and mailed to the address below, e-mailed, or through the contact page on Nestlé's website.
Dear Mr. Brabeck-Letmanthe,
It is with the utmost concern that I am writing regarding your business practices; specifically the regular violations of the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, the use of child-labor by your cocoa suppliers and careless manufacturing practices resulting in environmental damage. As my family can not support such a lack of responsibility, we have chosen to boycott your products and brands and will continue to do so until independent evidence shows that Nestlé complies fully with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Furthermore, we will be actively educating our friends and family via word of mouth regarding the questionable practices and why Nestlé is one of the most boycotted companies in the world.
Mr. Brabeck-Letmanthe, I urge you to raise Nestlé to be a leading company of integrity, setting an example of global responsibility by changing the unethical, unhealthy and dangerous practices currently applied. Follow through with your claims of being a company that promotes nutrition , health and wellness; of supporting the United Nations Global Compact's guiding principles on human rights and labor with an aim to provide an example ; of practicing ethical leadership and personal responsibility ; of having a commitment to "protect employees, contractors and others involved along the value chain" ; of requiring suppliers, agents and subcontractors to demonstrate honesty, integrity and fairness" ; of a commitment to environmental sustainability "at all stages of the product life cycle" and "target zero waste" including "responsible management of the world's resources by all water users" ; and adhere to the guidelines of the WHO code of marketing breastmilk substitutes. When these claims can be verified by independent investigations my family and I will happily return as Nestlé customers. Until that time we will continue our boycott and encourage others to do the same.
 Nestlé Nutritional Profiling System via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
 Nestlé Consumer Communications Principles via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
 Nestlé Management and Leadership Principles and Nestlé Code of Business Conduct via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
 Nestlé Policy on Health and Safety at Work via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
 Nestlé Supplier Code via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
 Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability, Nestlé Policy on Environmental Sustainability, and Nestlé Water Report via http://www.nestle.com/AllAbout/AllAboutNestle.htm
Nestlé tries to deny that the boycott has been going on for 30+ years. They also assert that they are a responsible company but their track record and independent analysis indicates otherwise. In an effort to recast their image, Nestlé has filled their website with green, health, and human rights buzz words but don't be fooled, they talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. Together we can hold Nestlé accountable.
Tomorrow look for more on the Nestlé boycott and how this will impact my family's Halloween as well as alternatives to Nestlé products and links with more information and brand lists.