The headline on news.com that food giants were joining the war on carbon tax stirred me out of my severe case of Mondayitis.
Business opposition to Julia Gillard’s carbon tax has intensified, with food and grocery producers falling into line with miners to warn the levy could destroy jobs and slash living standards. . . Companies represented included . . . George Weston Foods, Nestlé Australia [and] Yakult Australia.
- Company has brands that are rated ‘red’ in the Greenpeace True Foods Guide, signifying that brands that may include GE-derived (genetically engineered) ingredients in their products. This includes brands that either: contain GE derived ingredients and/or, have no clear policy on GE-derived ingredients, and/or: have ignored or refused Greenpeace’s request for information regarding their policies on GE-derived ingredients.
- Nestlé has been criticised for irresponsible marketing of infant formula in developing countries leading to infant deaths. The original boycott, in place from 1974 to 1984, has been reinstated due to a perceived non-compliance to World Health Organisation Code regulations.
- They have been criticised for marketing breast milk substitute to women in third world countries despite being banned from this by the World Health Organisation.
- They have also been criticised for the promotion of bottled water and undermining local control of water supplies in communities by turning water into a profit driven commodity (Source: Corporate Accountability International).
- For continuing to buy cocoa from the Ivory Coast despite the use of forced child labour in that country (Source: Global Exchange).
- The International Labour Rights Forum highlights corporations known for violating workers’ freedom of association and right to organise. Nestlé was selected on the basis of their ties to violence against trade unions and suppression of the universal right to organise.
- Has failed to fulfil its obligations under the National Packaging Covenant, a voluntary agreement to encourage waste minimisation.
Let’s see if an other holier than thou companies came out screaming how much a carbon tax will cut jobs and slash living standards: jobs and standards that they can’t themselves deliver on.
Unless stated, the information has been sourced from Ethical Shopping! 2011.