Nestle boycott profile
The boycott of Nestlé is the world’s longest running. It began in 1977 in response to the aggressive marketing of Nestlé baby milk formula in poorer countries.
Nestlé is now one of the most boycotted brands in the UK.
Breaking the rules
Monitoring conducted by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) finds the company to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company. It quotes UNICEF "Marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding are potentially hazardous wherever they are pursued: in the developing world, WHO estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. These facts are not in dispute."
IBFAN say the boycott will continue until Nestlé accepts and complies with its four-point plan for saving infant lives and ultimately ending the boycott.
Contact: Baby Milk Action, 23 St Andrews St, Cambridge CB2 3AX, 01223 464420
See Ethical Consumers Buyers' Guide to babymilk for more information
Here is an up-to-date list of all Nestlé’s UK brands.:
Kit Kat – Fairtrade
Rowntree yoghurts and ice creams
Items marked with an * are part-owned by Nestlé, such as L’Oreal, Body Shop and Cereal Partners (a 50:50 joint venture with General Mills).
For a full Nestlé brand list see http://info.babymilkaction.org/nestleboycottlist
Nestlé was the subject of a boycott call in Thailand by the Anti-GMOs Network. The Network had been calling on the company to adopt a GM-free policy in Thailand, accusing it of double standards (compared to Euope) and of conspiring to promote GM products with other companies.
Earth Island Journal reported in Autumn 1998 that during the summer of 1998, Nestle introduced a chocolate bar called "Nuclear Chocolate" to promote the film Armageddon. The bar was described as a "chocolate chain reaction" and prompted Grandmothers for Peace International to call a boycott. The campaigners argued that the confectionery product was "part of an effort to make our kids feel good about nuclear weapons, nuclear fallout and nuclear waste".
Pure Food Campaign
According to Co-op America Quarterly, in 1997 the US-based Pure Food Campaign launched a number of boycotts of products made by companies which said they were not opposed to the use of genetically altered crops. They included Nestle (soy-based) Crunch Bars.