Nestle Boycott (1011P20)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 17/05/2011 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million infants die around the world every year because they are not breastfed. Where water is unsafe a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhoea than a breastfed child.
  • Nestle is a company which continues to flout the World Health Assembly marketing code on breast milk substitutes despite this death and suffering.
  • 73 other student unions are part of the boycott.
  • The boycott is active in many in many different organisations and unions across 20 countries and is working on many levels: Nestle continues to find it difficult to recruit British graduates into their company.
  • That Nestle acts in a highly unethical manner in many other areas, including the price of labour for their chocolate and coffee production and in the harvesting of palm oil.
  • That we should join the boycott of Nestle by not stocking their products in any union outlets.
  • We do have consumer choice and you could choose to buy your Kit Kat elsewhere, but the positive thing about the boycott is that it sends a clear signal to Nestle © that as students we care about what they are doing. It is a statement that couldn't be reproduced just by informing individual student's shopping habits.
  • That Nestle has behaved in an unethical manner with regards to formula milk and other issues, and that they should change their practices.
  • To make information available at union outlets advertising this and stating why it has been done.
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy