Tell Nestlé to Stop Undermining Local Water Rights
  • Petitioned Heidi Paul

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Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Waters
Heidi Paul
CEO, Nestlé Waters North America
Kim Jeffery

Tell Nestlé to Stop Undermining Local Water Rights

    1. Petition by

      Corporate Accountability International

August 2011


In a huge victory over the world's largest food and beverage corporation, Nestle Waters North America is abandoning plans to pump vast quantities of water from Florida's Wacissa River after Corporate Accountability International joined community group Friends of the Wacissa to oppose the scheme, which didn't even include local economic benefits.

More than 1,400 people sent emails to Nestle Water CEO Kim Jeffrey, including 500 on Corporate Accountability International's petition. Additional organizing led by Corporate Accountability International included:

    •    Publishing an open letter to CEO Kim Jeffrey's in his home town, signed by over a dozen community groups and leading national groups, and publishing an open letter in a Florida newspaper close to the town of Wacissa.
    •    Hosting a call in day actions on 15 college campuses, generating dozens of calls into Nestlé Headquarters on the day of their annual shareholders’ meeting.
    •    Organizing three delegations to Nestlé bottling plants and spoke directly to plant staff about the concerns of tens of thousands of people across the country.

As Corporate Accountability International writes, "Nestlé’s pull-out is a clear indication that the corporation is feeling the pressure from our campaigns and that we are having an enormous impact on helping local communities re-assert the right of communities to govern their water over profit driven transnational corporations."

Read more about how this victory came together here, on Corporate Accountability International's site.



Running roughshod over community and environmental concerns is business as usual for Nestlé, but now the Swiss bottling giant is claiming to have turned over a new leaf, even as it seeks to bottle over the objections of communities across the continent.

Communities should have the right to determine the future of their water, but when residents speak up, Nestlé challenges their resistance by waging costly legal battles, striking backroom deals with public officials and running slick PR campaigns to put a green veneer on its tarnished image



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Progress! The local county authority passed a resolution recommending that their Water Management District deny Nestlé or any other bottler permits to extract and transport water out of the county! This is a big step forward for this community and for local control of water.

    3. As U.S. bottled water sales decline, Nestle reaches to "developing markets" for new profits:

    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. How Nestle Tramples on Local Water Rights Despite New 'Siting Strategy'

      Profiting from doing good?
      Sure, I buy it. Plenty of good, green companies—large and small—are doing just that everyday.
      But Nestle? The world's biggest food maker? The gigantic Swiss bottled water manufacturer that runs roughshod over community...

    6. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Dumey WELLS, ME
      • about 3 years ago

      We'll be stuck with Nestle as long as people keep on buying drinking water in plastic bottles. Tap water wins in taste tests, it's WAAAY cheaper, and there's no plastic waste involved -- also no tanker trucks on rural roads and depleted aquifers! We need to pledge allegiance to the tap!

      • over 3 years ago

      We do not want nestle here

    • Patty Langford DE BERRY, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      no one owns our waters and the politicians that you make back room deals with to hijack our waters are as dishonest as you! I remember the Nestle' name as as name of integrity from when I was a child. So much for the old days, guess that workmanship died with the people that ran your company back then.

    • Amitav Dash GUELPH, ON, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Nestle is hated where I'm from — except by the politicians who continue to allow them to drain our water supply for a tenth of the cost of what the citizens of the area pay...

    • nattolie Chilton NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      People are waking up all over the world. You all will sleep better once you fall into line as responsible global citizens.


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