Nestlé is now one of the most boycotted brands in the UK. 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.
Many brands made by Nestlé Purina are also listed on the Uncaged website’s petfood and animal testing page under the ‘brands to boycott’ section, as these products were tested on animals.
Nestlé brands in South Africa include:
Items marked with an * may be part-owned by Nestlé, such as L’Oreal, Body Shop and Cereal Partners (a 50:50 joint venture with General Mills).
Anti-GMOs Network: 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.
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.