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We view boycotts as a vitally important extension of our formal democracy. Here is a comprehensive list of current boycott calls from campaigning groups around the world.

From combatting human rights abuses to protecting animal rights, boycotts exert economic pressure on some of the biggest companies to change their practices. They have seen repeated successes and played an important role in ethical consumption since the movement to boycott South African products during the Apartheid in the 1980s. 

In this list, we introduce our own campaign to boycott Amazon for its dodgy and unfair tax policy. As well as providing some more information on some of the world's best-known boycott campaigns, from Israel to Nestlé.

The list was updated in May 2022.

Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories

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Several campaign groups have called for a boycott of Ahava due to its involvement in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. 

In 2009 CODEPINK, the US women's anti-war movement, launched the 'Stolen Beauty' campaign targeting Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories. The campaign saw coordinated actions in countries such as Palestine, the US, UK, Netherlands, South Africa, and France.

In 2016 the campaign appeared to have some success - Ahava announced it would be opening a new manufacturing plant outside of the West Bank and within Israel’s pre-1967 borders, which many hoped signalled the company would fully withdraw from settlements.

However, it appears that Ahava did not close down the existing plant and as such continues to operate illegally on Palestinian land. 

In 2022 the BDS movement continues to call for a boycott of Ahava, stating “Ahava cosmetics has its production site, visitor center and main store in an illegal Israeli settlement.”

@HAVA_US

Air France

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Air France is the only known major European airline that continues to ship monkeys to laboratories for experimentation. Primates transported by Air France are frequently taken from the wild and were transported on journeys that could last for more than 30 hours.

According to PETA, "Primates in laboratories were routinely mutilated, poisoned, deprived of food and water, forcibly immobilized in restraint devices, infected with painful and deadly diseases, and psychologically tormented...Primates suffer from the long and gruelling transport in the cargo holds of planes and in the backs of trucks."

In March 2020, the campaign group reissued the boycott call:

"Amid calls for increased experimentation on monkeys during the COVID-19 outbreak, PETA is once again telling Air France to stop flying them to laboratories for pointless and deadly studies.

"Transporting stressed and potentially immunocompromised monkeys, who are poor models of disease in humans, is dangerous and poses a serious public health risk. Experiments on them have failed to lead to cures and treatments for human diseases, and cutting-edge scientists are already conducting human vaccine trials for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus."

Peta Tweeted in 2022 “You’ve heard of @airfrance, but we bet you didn’t know it ships monkeys to labs to be tortured and killed."

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Amazon

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Ethical Consumer has called for a boycott of Amazon over its outrageous tax avoidance since 2012.

In September 2021, Amazon – which has a market value of £1.5 trillion – released its tax figures for the previous year. Its key arm in the UK, Amazon UK Services, paid just £3.8 million more in corporation tax than in 2019 despite sales rising by £1.9 billion. Profits increased to £128 million.

Amazon has also come to dominate many online markets globally. Amazon’s monopoly supports staggering inequalities: between March and September 2020, at a time when most businesses were struggling, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos saw his personal wealth increase so much that he could have given all 876,000 Amazon employees a bonus of $105,000 and be as wealthy as he was pre-pandemic.

You can use your spending power to send Amazon a clear message.

  • Take action now and pledge to boycott Amazon.
  • Let them know you are doing it by emailing or tweeting them via our Amazon company profile page.
  • Shop with more ethical alternatives
  • Read more about Ethical Consumer’s boycott of Amazon on our detailed page.

    @amazon

    AXA

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    The ‘Stop AXA Assistance to Israeli Apartheid’ coalition has called for a boycott of the insurance company over its links to Israeli banks that help maintain and expand unlawful settlements on Palestinian land.

    The campaign group contracted a report by Profundo in March 2021 to investigate the links between AXA and Israeli banks, and found AXA was invested in four of the banks. 

    The BDS Movement says 10,000 people and over 230 organisations have signed the pledge to boycott AXA.

    The campaign called for an AXA Global Day of Action on 25 April 2022, on which supporters globally contacted AXA Customer Services to demand the company end its complicity in Israeli apartheid.

    @axainsurance

    Barclays

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    People & Planet are calling on institutions to divest from and consumers to boycott Barclays in the face of its fossil fuel funding. Barclays is the biggest funder of fossil fuels in Europe, providing over $118billion for fossil fuel projects between 2016-2019. Funded projects include the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Trans Mountain pipeline and the Cerrejón coal mine, all known for their serious violations of Indigenous rights. The campaign says:

    it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they drive us over the climate cliff.

    In particular, student-led campaigns have called on universities to divest from the company, seeing widespread success. Sheffield, Bristol and Surrey University Students Unions, NUS and Young Labour are all amongst those to have voted in favour of boycotting Barclays.

    @Barclays

    Beko (Koç Holdings)

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    The UK Boycott Turkey campaign is focused on international solidarity and action against the regime in Turkey, working with Kurdish and Turkish civil society groups.

    The campaign highlights institutions and corporations that are complicit in the oppressive policies of the Turkish state. The current regime in Turkey is quick to imprison political opponents who criticise the state or its assaults on Kurds. Academics, journalists and elected politicians are routinely jailed for using their right to free speech.

    UK Boycott Turkey are asking consumers to boycott the brands that are intricately tied up with the regime, primarily Beko and Grundig. Both Beko and Grundig are owned by Arçelik AS, which is 57% owned by Koç Holding AS.  

    The Koç group is a major Turkish conglomerate which plays a central role in the Turkish economy. It has a long history of links to the Turkish state, in particular through the Koç group company Otokar, and thus military manufacturing links. 

    UK Boycott Turkey are also asking consumers to avoid supporting the Turkish government by avoiding taking holidays to Turkey. Turkish holding companies own travel companies and hotels also own arms companies. 

    Read more about the Turkey boycott call here.

    Beko and Grundig are well-known for selling white goods. In January 2022 the campaign tweeted “Do you need a new fridge? Don't fund the Turkish state's crimes.”

    Ben & Jerry's

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    Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTPJ) has called for a boycott of Ben & Jerry's since 2013, calling on it to end sales in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and to end all sales across Israel. The boycott saw partial success in July 2021, when Ben & Jerry's announced that it would end its current franchise relationship in Israel, and put an end to sales in settlements as it considered them "inconsistent" with the brand's values. Parent company Unilever however stated that Ben & Jerry's would "stay in Israel through a different arrangement".

    Ian Stokes of VTPJ states:

    “The recent announcement by Ben & Jerry’s ending the sale of its ice cream in illegal settlements is very welcome. However, it does not adequately address all of the demands of the boycott call, such as ending sales across Israel. We therefore continue to call for a consumer boycott.”

    The official Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement also calls on Ben & Jerry's to end sales across Israel.

    What's more, according to the VTJP website: "They (Ben & Jerry’s) are still at it! (Selling their ice cream in illegal settlements). Despite assurance in July 19th 2021 that they would stop. [...] But apparently nothing has changed." The website showed photos of Ben & Jerry's products on sale in a shop in an Israeli settlement dated October 2021, suggesting ice cream continued to be sold in settlements.

    The BDS Movement argues that parent company Unilever is “attempting to bully the Ben & Jerry’s independent board into maintaining business as usual with Israel."

    @BenandJerrysUK

    Brazilian Agribusiness

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    Civil society has long highlighted the role of Brazilian agribusiness, particularly soya plantations and meat farms, in the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon and serious violations of Indigenous rights. In recent years, the industry has also be accused of legitimising and exploiting Bolsonaro's corrupt and genocidal governance.

    Survival is demanding supermarkets stop buying from Brazillian agribusiness. It says:

    Agribusiness giants in Brazil are stealing indigenous peoples’ land, poisoning them with pesticides, forcing them to live in makeshift camps with soaring rates of malnutrition, disease and suicide, burning down Brazil’s most biodiverse forests, and threatening to wipe out whole uncontacted tribes. The purchase of produce from these suppliers is fuelling Brazil’s genocide.

    Brazil’s National Indigenous Mobilization (MNI) and Indigenous People Articulation have also called for international solidarity in condemning those companies involved and are being backed by Extinction Rebellion in the UK. Many of the major UK supermarkets, particularly Tesco, as well as Burger King, McDonald's and KFC have been criticised for their role.

    Survival asks consumers to write to supermarkets demanding change here. Greenpeace asks consumers to sign a petition to Tesco here.

    Survival International confirmed the boycott was ongoing in November 2021.

    Coca-Cola

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    The #NotInMyFridge campaign by Friends of Al Aqsa calls for a boycott of Coca-Cola because it profits from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It states, “Coca-Cola's violates international law by operating in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement.”

    It continues, "Central Bottling Company (CBC) is an Israeli manufacturer and distributor of soft drinks, dairy products and alcoholic beverages. Coca-Cola profits from the occupation by working with CBC which sells its drinks in Israel. CBC has a Coca-Cola factory in Atarot illegal Israeli settlement. Israeli settlements are built on land stolen from Palestinians and are illegal under international law. By having it’s Israeli franchise in illegal settlements, Coca-Cola ignores international law and profits from the illegal occupation."

    FOA is calling for a boycott of Coca-Cola until it cuts ties with CBC.

    The campaign tweeted in May 2022 “This summer, Coca-Cola is #NotInMyFridge”.

    @cocacola

    Coca-Cola

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    The campaign to Stop Killer Coke has targeted the company since the early 2000s. During this period there were claims that Coca-Cola had been involved in the murders of union leaders and members at bottling plants at its factories in South America, and many other instances of violence, intimidation and workers' rights abuses. 

    Killer Coke has never called for a boycott of Coca-Cola but it has called for schools, colleges, universities and other institutions to remove all Coke machines and to ban the sale of Coke beverages on their premises and had many successes - due to its range of divestment successes and the prominence of the campaign we've included it on the Boycotts List.

    The Killer Coke campaign continues to publish criticisms of the company on its website.

    @CocaCola

    Crufts

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    PETA are calling on Channel 4 to stop airing Crufts. The BBC dropped the show after relevations about ill, inbred animals, and the RSPCA refuses to attend it. The culture of breeding has serious health implications for the dogs involved on the show. PETA claims:

    With its obsession with "purity of breed", Crufts popularises grossly exaggerated features in animals and awards prizes to dogs whose physical abnormalities make it impossible for them to lead a happy life – pugs with pushed-in faces who can barely breathe, Cavalier King Charles spaniels whose brains are too big for their skulls and bulldogs who can't even mate without assistance, to name just a few examples.

    The campaign says that this culture of breeding also have wider implication for canine welfare, pointing out that breeders may receive thousand of pounds for pedigree puppies with a low quality of life, while many healthy dogs remain in animal shelters. 

    In March 2022 PETA slammed the competition as a “grotesque charade”. It is asking its supporters to contact Channel 4 and ask it to stop airing the show.

    @Crufts

    Ecover

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    Naturewatch Foundation launched a boycott call against Ecover in April 2018, over the brand's links to companies that test products on animals. In December 2017, Ecover and its sister company Method were purchased by SC Johnson, a US company that openly admits to testing on animals and owns other non Naturewatch-endorsed household cleaning brands such as Duck, Shout, Glade, Pledge and Windex.

    Caroline Ruane, Naturewatch Foundation CEO, said:

    It's hugely disappointing to compassionate shoppers when favourite brands compromise their cruelty free credentials by selling out to multinationals that continue to benefit from animal testing.

    The boycott has since seen some success with Ecover and Method committing to use their influence to convince SC Johnson to go cruelty-free. However, SC Johnson is yet to do so, and Naturewatch Foundation is asking compassionate consumers to boycott all SC Johnson brands, including Ecover and Method, until the entire company is cruelty-free. Read more about the boycott.

    Naturewatch confirmed the boycott call is ongoing in an email to Ethical Consumer in December 2021.

    @EcoverUK

    Facebook

    Stop Hate for Profit

    The Stop Hate for Profit coalition calls for Facebook to stop the spread of racism, hate, violence and misinformation about voting across its platforms. Demands include taking down groups focused on white supremacy, militia, antisemitism, Islamophobia and violent conspiracies; removing misinformation related to voting that has been debunked by credible fact checkers; and prohibiting calls to violence by politicians in any format. The organisation says:

    “Facebook’s policies and enforcement on hate speech, incitement to violence, and misinformation are astonishingly weak, and disproportionately harm BIPOC and LGBTQ+ users.”

    In July 2020, the Stop Hate for Profit coalition - which includes thousands of businesses as well as civil society groups and nonprofits such as NAACP, Color of Change and Sleeping Giants - called on companies to pause advertisements on the site. Over 1100 companies joined the boycott, including Lego and Coca-Cola. In response, Facebook has taken limited action, including beginning to address some of the most hateful movements using its site, publishing its civil rights audit and establishing a team to study algorithmic racial bias. However, the campaign says that the company "has failed to address our core demands meaningfully."

    While the campaign does not appear to be calling for an ongoing boycott of Facebook, it has used boycott as a strategy in the past (and may well do so in the future).

    @Facebook

    Fox News

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    Fox News faces a boycott call over its hate speech and fake news. TrueUSA is calling on all advertisers to boycott the news corporation, and consumers to boycott brands that continue advertising with it. It says:

    We’re demanding integrity from the brands to which we give our money. Fox News has proven itself again and again, from birtherism to the vile Seth Rich smear to the demonizing of Black Lives Matter, to be the most powerful outlet for hate, fear, and propaganda in America.

    TrueUSA is asking supporters to:

    • Choose one Fox News sponsor to boycott
    • Contact the brand telling them you’re boycotting them until they drop support of Fox News
    • Post about this on social media.”

    Visit the TrueUSA website to get involved.

    @FoxNews

    Grundig (Koç Holdings)

    Turkey flag symbol with military figures in silhouette

    The UK Boycott Turkey campaign is focused on international solidarity and action against the regime in Turkey, working with Kurdish and Turkish civil society groups.

    The campaign highlights institutions and corporations that are complicit in the oppressive policies of the Turkish state. The current regime in Turkey is quick to imprison political opponents who criticise the state or its assaults on Kurds. Academics, journalists and elected politicians are routinely jailed for using their right to free speech.

    UK Boycott Turkey are asking consumers to boycott the brands that are intricately tied up with the regime, primarily Beko and Grundig. Both Beko and Grundig are owned by Arçelik AS, which is 57% owned by Koç Holding AS.  

    The Koç group is a major Turkish conglomerate which plays a central role in the Turkish economy. It has a long history of links to the Turkish state, in particular through the Koç group company Otokar, and thus military manufacturing links. 

    UK Boycott Turkey are also asking consumers to avoid supporting the Turkish government by avoiding taking holidays to Turkey. Turkish holding companies own travel companies and hotels also own arms companies. 

    Read more about the Turkey boycott call here.

    Beko and Grundig are well-known for selling white goods. In January 2022 the campaign tweeted “Do you need a new fridge? Don't fund the Turkish state's crimes.”

    Hermés (fashion company)

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    PETA are calling for a boycott of fashion company Hermès which sells luxury bags and belts using skin from reptiles. Alligators and crocodiles are factory farmed and brutally slaughtered for 'luxury' fashion. 

    PETA investigated the conditions in which crocodiles and alligators were kept on leather farms, in Texas and Zimbabwe. It found that "Alligators are packed in dank pools and crocodiles are crowded in barren concrete pits for months or even years before finally being slaughtered for their skins." The animals are killed at a young age, often when they are just one, and using inhumane methods. They are often shot or cut into while still conscious and able to feel pain. 

    "There is no justification for supporting such blatant cruelty." The campaign asks its supporters to contact Hermès demanding that it stop buying and selling crocodile and alligator skin accessories, and saying that it will be boycotting the company until them.

    @Hermes_Paris ‏

    Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE)

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    The Palestinian human rights movement Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is calling for a boycott of HP-branded corporations. These provide services to the Israeli police and prison services.

    According to the Who Profits? website HPE was once again contracted to maintain servers for the Israeli Police until 2023.

    In April 2022 the BDS National Committee called for an escalation of campaigns against HP.

    Read more about the BDS movement and boycott of Israeli apartheid in our feature article.

    @HPE

    House of Fraser

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    PETA is calling for a boycott of House of Fraser, after the chain's new owner, Sports Direct International, reversed the company's no-fur policy, despite the poor treatment of animals within the fur industry. The company was said to be selling fur from rabbits and raccoons.

    Animals within the fur industry sometimes face lifelong confinement in cramped cages, and are often killed using inhumane methods. The campaign stated: "It's a colossal step backwards, as 95% of Brits refuse to wear real fur."

    PETA is asking for consumers to write the the company and declare their intention to boycott the chain until the no-fur policy is reinstated.

    In September 2021 animal rights organisation Four Paws UK, Peta UK, and Humane Society International protested outside House of Fraser on London’s Oxford Street demanding they bring back the fur ban.

    @houseoffraser

    HP Inc.

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    The Palestinian human rights movement Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is calling for a boycott of HP-branded corporations. These provide services to the Israeli police and prison services.

    According to the Who Profits? website HPE was once again contracted to maintain servers for the Israeli Police until 2023.

    In April 2022 the BDS National Committee called for an escalation of campaigns against HP.

    Read more about the BDS movement and boycott of Israeli apartheid in our feature article.

    @HP

    Israeli Apartheid

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    The BDS movement is led by Palestinian civil society, and based on the 2005 Call for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights”, which was endorsed by more than 170 Palestinian civil society networks and groups. It follows  "decades of refusal to abide by UN resolutions, International Humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention." Businesses operating in illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine have also been targeted.

    BDS describes itself as "a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity."

    Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.

    The campaign has successfully persuaded governments, churches and banks to divest from companies involved in Israeli occupation, or which are operating in Israeli settlements in Palestine. It has also seen several targeted companies change their practices and break their ties with the Israeli government or relocate from settlements there. Read more about BDS.

    Israeli dates

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    American Muslims for Palestine have a long-running boycott call against Israeli date exporters, in response to the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.

    The campaign says that dates are regularly grown in illegal Israeli settlements, and that dates labelled as grown in “Jordan Valley”, “Israel”, or “West Bank” (without being more specific) are likely to be exported by Israel, and encourages consumers to buy from products labelled “Grown in Palestine”.

    Read more about its 2022 boycott campaign.

    @MehadrinTnuport

    Kellogg's

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    GMO-Free USA has called a boycott of Kellogg's over the company's use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

    The campaign also criticises Kellogg’s cereals for containing the cancer causing weed killer glyphosate. The cereal was proven to contain one of the highest levels of the chemical out of leading cereal brands in a 2018 investigation by the Environmental Working Group.

    In April 2022 GMO Free USA posted on Facebook “Tell Kellogg's to STOP feeding toxic junk to our children.”

    A Kellogg’s spokesperson commented “Our food is safe … The Environmental Protection Agency sets strict standards for safe levels of these agricultural residues and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits”.

    @KelloggsUK

    L'Oréal

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    Naturewatch Foundation has a long-standing boycott of L'Oréal due to its continued use of animal testing for cosmetics. The French multinational uses ingredients that have been tested on animals, despite public statements to the contrary. It has also been criticised for lobbying against an EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics.

    The company has a history of defending animal testing. In 2003, L'Oréal was also reported to be part of the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients, a coalition of 70 European cosmetics companies. The organisation launched a legal challenge in the European Courts against the EU's ban on animal testing for cosmetics. 

    Naturewatch Foundation has organised protests and other actions against L'Oréal.

    @Loreal

    Made in China

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    The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) have launched a Global Movement to Boycott Made in China, "to raise awareness about the atrocities committed by the Communist Party of China." The movement outlines four key reasons for the boycott call.

    1. Human rights abuses: "When we buy good manufactured in Communist China, we are innocently contributing to a system that imprisons and oppresses anyone who speaks out".
    2. Supporting China's military build up: "Every time a consumer buys a product that is 'Made in China' that money helps finance what is essentially the most rapid build up of an expansionist and aggressive totalitarian regime. In fact, thousands of factories and sweatshops are directly owned and operated by the CCP military."
    3. Outbreak of Coronavirus: "China hid facts, destroyed evidence and thus deprived the international community of crucial information during the critical initial period."
    4. Intrusion of Chinese troops onto Indian soil: in the Galwan Valley, which resulted in the killing of 20 Indian soldiers.

    Tibetan civil society organisations have previously called for a boycott of products made in China in protest against the conditions in which some Chinese manufactured goods are made, "by the millions of prisoners in China's forced labour camps."

    Method

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    Naturewatch Foundation launched a boycott call against Method in April 2018, over the company's links to companies that test products on animals. In December 2017, Method and its sister company Ecover were purchased by SC Johnson, a US company that openly admits to testing on animals and owns other non Naturewatch-endorsed household cleaning brands such as Duck, Shout, Glade, Pledge and Windex.

    Caroline Ruane, Naturewatch Foundation CEO, said:

    It's hugely disappointing to compassionate shoppers when favourite brands compromise their cruelty free credentials by selling out to multinationals that continue to benefit from animal testing.

    The boycott has since seen some success with Ecover and Method committing to use their influence to convince SC Johnson to go cruelty-free. However, SC Johnson is yet to do so, and Naturewatch Foundation is asking compassionate consumers to boycott all SC Johnson brands, including Ecover and Method, until the entire company is cruelty-free. Read more about the Method boycott in our feature article.

    Naturewatch confirmed the boycott call is ongoing in an email to Ethical Consumer in December 2021.

    @methoduk

    Nestlé

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    Nestlé has been the subject of boycott calls around the world since the 1970s for its irresponsible marketing of baby milk formula. It is accused of "contributing to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants" through its aggressive marketing practices, which promote baby milk formula as a superior option to breastfeeding despite evidence to the contrary.

    The use of formula has been linked to many issues: from increased prevalence of water-borne diseases, where parents do not have access to clean drinking water, to poverty and malnutrition, due to its high cost. As a result, the World Health Assembly has written a strict International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. Campaign group Baby Milk Action continues to call for a boycott of the company, and published a statement criticising the company’s involvement in Ukraine in March 2022.

    Nestlé also faces boycott calls from the non-profit The Council of Canadians and and indigenous rights organisation the Lakota People's Law Project over its extraction of scarce water sources. The organisations say that Nestlé continues "to pump millions of litres of water from watersheds" despite serious droughts in recent years, and "to act beyond the boundaries of ecological protection and basic human dignity."

    In November 2021 Ethical Consumer contacted the organisation to confirm the boycott was still active to which it responded “Absolutely. Nestlé is awful and the boycott is on."

    @Nestle

    Pillsbury

    Pillsbury boycott called by American Muslims for Palestine

    The organisation American Friends Service Committee is calling for a boycott of Pillsbury over its links to Israeli apartheid.

    The company, which is owned by General Mills, was named on the UN's list of companies in violation of Palestinian rights, published in February 2020. According to the report, General Mills is operating a Pillsbury factoring in the Atarot Industrial Zone, an illegal Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem.

    American Muslims for Palestine, which is part of the multiethnic, multifaith, diverse coalition stated:

    The operation of this Pillsbury factory has displaced, stifled, and harmed local Palestinian land, livelihoods, and lives. It violates international law by exploiting land, water, and other resources belonging to the Palestinian people.

    Pillsbury sells baked goods.

    “While Pillsbury products are not widely available for sale in the UK, its owner General Mills also owns several iconic brands in the UK, such as Betty Crocker, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, Jus-Rol, Nature Valley and Old El Paso.”

    @Pillsbury

    Puma

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    The #BoycottPuma campaign was launched by Palestinian athletes in 2018 after 200 Palestinian sports clubs sent a letter to the company urging it to end its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (IFA). The IFA includes teams based in illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territories. BDS says that "Puma’s sponsorship brings international legitimacy to the IFA’s actions."

    The campaign highlights the abusive treatment of Palestinian footballers, who it says are routinely attacked, imprisoned and killed. For example BDS says that Israeli forces shot and killed 18-year-old footballer Thaer Yazouri in May 2022.

    In July 2018, Adidas announced that it would no longer be sponsoring the IFA, following an international campaign and a petition of over 16,000 signatures. BDS calls on Puma to follow suit.

    Read more about the Puma boycott in our feature article.

    @BDSmovement

    Russia

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    Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for an international trade embargo. On March 7th Zelensky called for “a boycott of Russian exports, in particular the rejection of oil and oil products from Russia.”

    The Yale School of Management has kept an up-to-date list of companies that have withdrawn from Russia. Many companies have withdrawn from Russia altogether, including Airbnb, Asda, Asos, BlackRock, BP, eBay, Netflix, Sainsbury’s, and Spotify to name a few.

    At least 30 international sporting federations have also joined the boycott including FIFA, football's global governing body. In addition, a wide range of education, science and research collaborations with Russian institutions have been paused or otherwise affected.

    Read more about the Russia boycott in our detailed feature, or on boycottrussia.info or Putin100.org websites.

    Sabra Hummus

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    Sabra hummus brand is part-owned by The Strauss Group. The Strauss Group is Israel's second biggest food company and has been identified as a target of the BDS movement, which stated: "Sabra hummus is a joint venture between PepsiCo and the Strauss Group, an Israeli food company that provides financial support to the Israel Defense Forces."

    Campaigners for Palestinian human rights continue to push for the boycott - for example in February 2022 Harvard University students held a rally calling on the university to stop serving Sabra hummus in its dining halls.

    Sabra hummus is sold by retailers in the UK including Sainsburys and Tesco. Sabra is also owned by PepsiCo, which manufactures Sabra products in the USA. Read our article on the Israel boycott here.

    @Sabra

    SodaStream

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    SodaStream has long faced a boycott call over its “complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights”, according to the BDS movement.

    Sodastream faced a global boycott call due to owning a factory in the illegally occupied West Bank. In 2015 after intense public pressure Sodastream closed this factory and left the West Bank.

    However, following this success, the BDS movement clarified that it continued to call for a boycott of Sodastream, claiming that its factory in the Nagaq was complicit in the displacement of indigenous Bedoin-Palestinians. BDS also stated, “SodaStream's mistreatment of and discrimination against Palestinian workers is not forgotten either.”

    The BDS National Committee told Ethical Consumer:

    “Far from reducing its direct contribution to human rights abuses, SodaStream’s factory in the Rahat area in the Naqab (Negev) amounts to conscious participation in Israel’s plans to ethnically cleanse tens of thousands of Bedouin Palestinian citizens of Israel from their ancestral lands.”

    In August 2018, Sodastream was purchased by PepsiCo. The boycott of Sodastream continues.

    @SodaStreamUK

    Turkey

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    The UK Boycott Turkey campaign is focused on international solidarity and action against the regime in Turkey, working with Kurdish and Turkish civil society groups.

    The campaign highlights institutions and corporations that are complicit in the oppressive policies of the Turkish state. The current regime in Turkey is quick to imprison political opponents who criticise the state or its assaults on Kurds. Academics, journalists and elected politicians are routinely jailed for using their right to free speech.

    UK Boycott Turkey are asking consumers to avoid supporting the Turkish government by avoiding taking holidays to Turkey. Turkish holding companies own travel companies and hotels also own arms companies. 

    Consumers can also boycott the brands that are intricately tied up with the regime, primarily Beko and Grundig under Koç Holdings. They make a range of white goods such as fridges and freezers, cookers, and washing machines.

    Read more about the Turkey boycott call here.

    Urban Outfitters

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    Peta is calling for a boycott of high street clothing brand Urban Outfitters, saying it “sells products that condemn gentle, harmless animals to a lifetime of suffering”. 

    “Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People - all owned by Urban Outfitters Inc. - sell numerous animal-derived materials, including wool, cashmere, mohair, leather, down, silk, and alpaca fleece, which are always a product of extreme violence, cruelty, and fear.”

    Peta is calling on supporters to tell Urban Outfitters that they will be shopping elsewhere until it commits to selling only vegan materials.

    Over 130,000 have signed its petition so far.

    Wendy's

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    US fast food chain Wendy’s, which has some branches in the UK, has long faced criticism for refusing to join the Fair Food Program. 

    The Fair Food Program was set up by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to address the rampant exploitation of workers in the Florida tomato industry. Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell and KFC all joined the programme over a decade ago but Wendy’s has refused to do so.

    Several cases of modern day slavery have emerged on farms in the US and Mexico, which has seen campaign calling on Wendy’s to join the program return to the spotlight in 2022.

    @Wendys

    WWF

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    'WTF WWF' is a decentralised campaign group born out of XR Youth Solidarity. It is calling for a boycott of WWF, claiming "Over the last few years there has been an increasing level of exposure around the ongoing human rights abuses and land grabs committed in the name of wildlife conservation by WWF. Several investigations looking into WWF complicity in such alleged abuses have found significant evidence proving the organization’s role in various forms of violence and abuse towards local and indigenous communities living in and around WWF-supported “protected” areas." WTF WWF's open letter has been signed by organisations ranging from Survival International and the Pan-African Living Cultures Alliance, to individuals including Arturo Escobar.

    Survival International has repeatedly criticised WWF for its failure to take responsibility for human rights abuses. It states "Dozens of Indigenous and local people have been raped, murdered and tortured by rangers funded by WWF, which has known about the abuses for decades but done little to address them." A US Congressional Committee hearing heard an independent expert underline the "continued impacts of colonialism in conservation", accused the WWF of "shocking deception" and warned that "WWF won't change their behaviour unless forced to do so".