SUSU boycott of Nestle

We are proposing that Southampton Students Union boycotts all Nestle goods. Many people will be aware of this international movement already, but for those who are not, it is currently being undertaken in the UK by “73 student unions, 102 businesses, 30 faith groups, 20 health groups, 33 consumer groups, 18 local authorities, 12 trade unions, education groups [and] 31 MPs” [source]. The main reason that we and others think Nestle should be boycotted, as oppose to other companies, is largely due to their actions in the third world with regards to formula milk. Essentially, Nestle uses rather underhand tactics to sell formula milk, and discourage breastfeeding, resulting in many deaths from things such as malnutrition, dysentery and diarrhoea. Quoting UNICEF: “WHO [World Health Organisation] estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed.” [source]. In three weeks time a motion will be presented to the union council to boycott Nestle in union owned outlets, and if you sign this petition to show your support for the motion that would massively help our cause. If you wish to research the area, there is a wealth of information online, and the two links in here are a good place to start. A link to the motion is here. Also, if you can use your university email address that would be great, as then we can confirm that you a member of Southampton University.

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