What the Nestle Boycott is–and isn’t–About
Next Monday (October 25, 2010) marks the start of the International Nestlé-Free Week 2010. According to Baby Milk Action:
International Nestlé-Free Week (25 – 31 October 2010) is a time for those who support the boycott to do more to promote it and for those who don’t boycott to give it a go, at least for a week, by avoiding Nescafé, the principal target of the boycott, and other Nestlé products.
As some of you may know, I (try to) participate in the Nestlé Boycott all year round. (I say “try to” because I sometimes forget a few of the many brands owned by Nestlé.) And for this year’s International Nestlé-Free Week, I’d like you to try participating in the boycott too–even if it’s only for one week.
Right now, you might not think that the boycott is “for you.” You might wonder why Nestlé deserves a boycott. You might think that the boycott interferes with the purchase of products that your family regularly enjoys. You might even feel as if the boycott is really more about judging you and telling you what to do with your life than it is about trying to hold Nestlé accountable for its unethical business practices.
But the boycott is really just about that last point–holding Nestlé accountable for unethical business practices that harm infants, children, and families worldwide.
It’s about boycotting them, not you!
What else is the Nestlé boycott about (and not about)?
The Nestlé Boycott is not about thinking that you are stupid or irresponsible for ever having purchased, enjoyed, or consumed Nestlé products…
…but it is about thinking that Nestlé is an irresponsible and unethical corporation–a corporation that is one of the world’s most boycotted companies.
The Nestlé Boycott is not necessarily about asking people to throw out all of the Nestlé brand candy they have already purchased (with their hard-earned money) for Halloween…
…but it is about asking people to try–for just one week, and then maybe beyond that–not to contribute any more of their hard-earned money to a company whose chocolate candy is very likely the product of child slave labor .
The Nestlé Boycott is not about judging parents who choose to feed their infants formula…
…but it is about judging companies who violate the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and whose marketing practices do little to curb the estimated 1.5 million infant and child deaths each year that could have been prevented through improved breastfeeding practices.
The Nestlé Boycott is not about asking companies to stop producing infant formula…
…but it is about asking companies to stop their aggressive, misleading, and unethical marketing of infant formula.
The Nestlé Boycott is not about chastising parents who feed their families (Nestlé brand) processed food…
The Nestlé Boycott is not about asking you to make drastic changes to your shopping habits…
…but it is about wanting Nestlé to know that even some of their “fans” think that certain Nestlé products and/or practices are unethical and harmful to families and children.
The Nestlé Boycott is not about thinking that you are a “bad” consumer or a “bad” parent…
…but it is about thinking that misleading formula marketing, child slave labor, and unhealthy “healthy” meals are bad for families, bad for children, and bad for a company to promote and/or perpetuate.
So–who else is joining me (and many others) in the Nestlé Boycott next week?!