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Spring Referenda 2019

Should the Student Union continue to boycott Nestle products? - The case For


Since 1992, Nestle products have been boycotted at Student Union shops and bars on ethical grounds. The boycott was implemented due to their aggressive marketing strategies of formula baby milk, deemed irresponsible for the world’s largest baby food company. The marketing was felt to negatively impact the health of babies in the third world and undermine mothers’ confidence in their ability to breastfeed. Nestle continues to be one of the most boycotted brands in the UK, and has also been criticised on Ethical Consumer for exploiting scarce water sources in indigenous communities, and have received Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for palm oil policy.

The non-governmental organisation Baby Milk Action continues to call for a boycott of Nestle products, arguing they have been found to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Organisation’s marketing requirements for baby food than any other company (Ethical Consumer). Marketing requirements around baby food have life or death consequences; UNICEF state that “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”. (Baby Milk Action).

Refuse to give Student Union money to a company profiting off irresponsible marketing which is leading to the death of children; vote to uphold the boycott.

You can read more about the referendum and vote at www.sussexstudent.com/referenda