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Does the corruption of Nestle dissuade you from purchasing their products?

Asked by NerdyKeith (5464points) July 17th, 2017

A lot of people do not know this. But Nestle is a very corrupt company and has been involved in some very shady and corrupt practices.

1. In the 1990s Nestle were selling baby formula to impoverished nations and claiming it was just as healthy as breast milk.

2. Nestle’s chairman is of the opinion that water should not be regarded as a human right and everything has a price. Nestle have also been draining water supplies causing droughts, while earning a profit from their own bottled water.

3. A report by an independent auditor of the FLA found “multiple serious violations” of the company’s own supplier code. Nestle hadn’t carried out checks against child labor and abuse.

4. In October 2008, Taiwan Health ministry announced that six types of milk powders produced in China by Nestlé contained low-level traces of melamine and were removed from the shelves. The scandal quickly escalated, with China reporting over 300,000 victims…

5. Nestle has been involved in several incidents regarding pollution.

6. Many of Nestle’s labels are misleading and also false. In 2002, police ordered Nestle Colombia to decommission 200 tons of imported powdered milk, because they were falsely relabeled, with a different local brand and a different production date. The very same problem occurred only one month later.

Have a read of the full article and tell me your thoughts on this issue.

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Zaku's avatar

Yes. I avoid them for what little good it will do. I didn’t purchase many of them in the past. Their bid to purchase MONSANTO, another evil corporation, is a great example of a company trying to take over the world for evil profiteering purposes, as are their bids to own as much access to water in North America as possible, etc.

I think Nestle’s corporate charter should be required to be re-written to turn them into a lovable for-yummy-chocolate corporation, instead of a all-for-money-and-power corporation. Failing that, I think the corporation should be abolished and broken up into small companies with for-good-not-all-for-profit charters. Failing that, I’d say the leadership should be removed and/or imprisoned starting at the top and working down until the nasty behavior stops. Failing that, I’d say that special ops strike teams should be sent to their corporate headquarters…

NomoreY_A's avatar

Never liked their products anyway. Screw ‘em and the horse they rode in on.

Sneki2's avatar

I had no idea about this. Good thing I never consumed any of their products.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I guess I pick my battles. I boycott Chic-fil-a, and BP. But some companies are so big, it’s hard to avoid them. I try not to buy Nestle products, but if that’s the only water available, I will purchase it… I don’t do so thinking that the product is good. If you focus on bottled water alone, you will find lots to be concerned about. Fiji water for instance. I can’t post links, but check it out…

CunningFox's avatar

I’ve been fairly aware of the corruptness of Nestle for a few years. Usually don’t have a need to buy their products anyway, but if I did, I admit that I think I would actually buy them to be perfectly honest. It’s easy to feel good about yourself for boycotting a bad company but is it even making a difference other than morally? And even if I did boycott Nestle, would I then have to also boycott BP, Wal-mart, Coca-Cola, and the other multitudes of corrupt companies?
Bottom line, if I’m aware of the badness of the company and am able to avoid buying their products easily, I will. But otherwise, I probably wouldn’t hassle myself over it as I don’t believe it makes much of a difference.

“link” http://i64.tinypic.com/iykehj.jpg[/IMG] Here’s an infographic I just found that shows all the brands that contribute to Nestle. There are definitely many more that I wasn’t even aware of. Wonka candy, ice cream, baby food, shampoos, the list goes on.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Yes. Boycotting can be solely a moral victory. But in large enough numbers, it can be effective. Case in point, Ivanka Trump’s clothing lines…

jca's avatar

I’d heard about the water thing – that water is not a human right. That’s a scary premise.

Looking at the list of brands owned by Nestle, we’re not big on candy in this household but we do purchase the cat food products like Purina, also L’Oreal and Maybelline I use. Especially L’Oreal.

elbanditoroso's avatar

no, I have never avoided Nestle for any reason at all.

I also think that your list is rather one-sided. You are deliberately listing all a bunch of negatives, and are listing no positives.

Basically, you’re asking a one-sided question.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I agree about the truly sinister aspects of Nestle, but the baby formula thing is nothing compared to the corporation’s persistent and determined effort to dominate and control the world’s water resources. You want to be frightened?

stanleybmanly's avatar

The baby formula scandal has been an issue for better than 30 years. I thought Nestle had agreed to stop distributing its formulas in 3rd world countries. The problem (which the corporation certainly didn’t anticipate) was that impoverished 3rd world women would stretch the formula by watering it down, thus severely malnourishing children.

Darth_Algar's avatar

“Does the corruption of Nestle dissuade you from purchasing their products?”

No.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@MrGrimm888
“I boycott Chic-fil-a”
Why?

NerdyKeith's avatar

@elbanditoroso I don’t agree that by me bringing up the negative aspects of Nestle is one sided. Nestle has done some positive work I won’t deny that. But it really doesn’t erase all the bad they have done. I guess its kind of like some people’s attitude to the Catholic Church. A few good works don’t erase the corruption.

So for what it is worth, I acknowledge that they have done some good works, but quite frankly it simply isn’t good enough. That fact that they even allowed all of this to happen in the first place is what I’m getting at. To be honest I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Nestle working with charity organisations is nothing more than damage control. Interestingly enough in 2004 a cancer charity in the United Kingdom rejected a donation from Nestle and I am not surprised at all.

MrGrimm888's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me . Chic-fil-a is a Christian support business. Large amounts of profit go to mega churches,and their agendas. They only hire people who share those values. They won’t even let someone buy a store, and make money for the franchise, unless they are Christian. They also are anti gay rights, anti-abortion etc….

They don’t get my money to keep America in the dark ages. I’m not saying that everyone should be an atheist, but organized religion is a disease. It has no place in modern society….

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Yeah, I don’t completely agree there, while they are indeed christian and some of the owners have deeply christian views they are a private business not a publicly traded company. Their customer service is the best in the fast food industry and their product is always “perfect”. They employ a lot of kids and provide a good working environment for them. I can’t say I’m willing to let petty politics get in the way of a good chicken sandwich. I don’t give a shit if they are christian or not. I give you money, give me a godammed decent sandwich and don’t fuck it up. Not many other fast food outlets can even get that concept right. I’d buy stock in their company if I could and I’m a pro-choice agnostic.

josie's avatar

I can’t think of any of their products that I buy anyway. So I guess the answer is no.

But if corruption was factor that would persuade people to avoid buying certain products, they would not buy anything made in China, India, Pakistan etc. Which effectively means they wouldn’t be buying period. Which means there would be no consumers spending money in those places, which means nobody here would have a job because there would be no market for our goods and services.

Does Nestle still make Quick? I used to make milkshakes out of that stuff before I started making fruit and yogurt smoothies. Do they make yogurt?

marinelife's avatar

Yes, I have avoided them for years.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Their tentacles are into so very many products that the corporation is nearly impossible to avoid.

MrGrimm888's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me . I respect your choice… That’s my little brother’s take as well. Almost verbatim.

As mentioned above, boycotting is largely a personal moral victory. If I boycotted every company that did something I disagree with, I doubt there would be any product I could buy…

Darth_Algar's avatar

My issue with Chik-Fil-A isn’t that they’re owned and operated by Christians, it’s that they funnel money into organizations that actively work against the civil rights of my fellow Americans.

Now, having said that there’s not a Chik-Fil-A anywhere near me, and even if there were I have other preferences for shitty, chicken-based fast food. So I could say I boycott Chik-Fil-A, but it wouldn’t really mean much.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Bo Jangle’s yo!... Fuck Chic-fil-a….

Zaku's avatar

Boycotting (and voting) are all well and good, but are also often not enough to prevent corruption and/or nasty/destructive practices.

As for wanting to boycott but finding it hard, I’ll just recommend again the Buycott app which lets folks with smartphones/tablets scan barcodes in stores and get told which of the causes they support/oppose have issues with the product’s company, etc. Makes it rather easy, especially if you have access to alternative products and stores. Since I got that some years ago, I’ve been able to move almost all my spending to non-conflicting companies.

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