Updated 22 May 2014

Send an email to Nestlé. Nestlé promotes its baby milk with claim such as it ‘protects’ babies and is the ‘natural start’. But breastfeeding is the natural start and babies fed on breastmilk substitutes are more likely to become sick than breastfed babies. In conditions of poverty, more likely to die.

Nestle logoCampaigning works. After thousands of emails in our last campaign Nestlé dropped the claim that its formula is ‘The new “Gold Standard” in infant nutrition’.

So please do send a message to Nestlé, and let us know if you receive a response.

The logo left appears on Nestlé’s infant formula in Thailand. Click on the image for the full label. Downloand our sheet on Nestlé’s labels for further examples and information.

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Send a message to Nestlé

Click here to use Nestlé’s email form (please let us know if this link dies). You can also send a Tweet to Nestlé using its Creating Shared Value hashtag: @Nestlecsv. Nestlé uses this to tweet about how it benefits communities, so it is an opportunity to expose Nestlé’s malpractice to a wide audience.

We prepraed the following draft email message to Nestlé for people to adapt when Nestlé invited questions during its Creating Shared Value Global Forum in October 2013. Nestlé did not reply to any of the emails, however. We asked Nestlé for a response and it said: ‘Please be advised that we have a policy of not responding to mass emails.’ If Nestlé did not respond to your message, please contact them again using the form on its website.

Dear Nestlé,

Nestlé says there is no question about breast milk being the best start a baby can have in life and claims to abide by the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for breastmilk substitutes. Yet evidence shows Nestlé systematically violates these measures. For example, you promote your formula with claims such as it *protects* babies and provides a *natural start*.

As you know, babies fed on substitutes are more likely to become sick than breastfed babies and, in conditions of poverty, more likely to die. Your prominent logos and health claims undermine the obligatory ‘Breastfeeding is best for babies’ message.

Nestlé executives have defended these practices, despite them being a clear violation of the World Health Assembly marketing standards.

Please contact me when your management has decided to drop all your shameful promotional strategies. In the meantime, I will be redoubling my efforts to persuade more friends and colleagues to boycott your company.