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Spring Referenda 2019

Should the Student Union continue to boycott Nestle products?

The motion has NOT passed as it did not achieve quoracy. 

At a Company Board meeting on the 26th November 2015 the decision was made that any referenda with the potential to have a significant financial effect on the Trading Company of the Students' Union should have a quoracy of 10% of the student population in order to pass. (Quoracy is the total number of votes needed for the motion to pass).  

567 students took part

37 abstained

  • YES - 464 (82%)

  • NO - 66 (12%)

The Students' Union

Background:

In 1992, students voted to boycott Nestlé products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The policy was based on their aggressive and irresponsible marketing strategy as the world’s largest baby food company which was felt to encourage use of formula baby milk, especially in the third world, and undermine a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed. Nestle continues to be one of the most boycotted brands in the UK and also has been criticised on Ethical Consumer for exploiting scarce water sources in indigenous communities and palm oil practices. The boycott has since been upheld at concurrent referendum.

Background: In 1992, students voted to boycott Nestlé products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The policy was based on their aggressive and irresponsible marketing strategy as the world’s largest baby food company which was felt to encourage use of formula baby milk, especially in the third world, and undermine a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed. Nestle continues to be one of the most boycotted brands in the UK and also has been criticised on Ethical Consumer for exploiting scarce water sources in indigenous communities and palm oil practices. The boycott has since been upheld at concurrent referendum.
 

Policy aim: To uphold the existing boycott of Nestle products

Policy Objectives:

  • Ban all Nestle products and brands including Nescafe, Aero, Milkybar, KitKat and so on from Union outlets