Nestle


At issue

The boycott began in 1977, when the marketing of Nestle’s infant formula was linked to disease and death in Third World babies. In 1984 Nestle agreed not to distribute free samples in hospitals and to attach hazard warnings on formula labels. But in some countries, says UNICEF, Nestle hasn’t lived up to the agreement.

Impact

The boycott prompted congressional hearings, which compelled Nestle to negotiate. The boycott was called off in 1984. But New Haven-based Action for Corporate Accountability revived it in 1988 after monitors found marketing violations. Nestle, which controls half the world’s infant-formula market, declined to comment.

Back . . .

Fact:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn’t fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation so we can keep on doing the type of journalism that 2018 demands.

Donate Now