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Nestlé S.A. is a Swiss multinational food and beverage company headquartered in Vevey, Switzerland. It is the largest food company in the world measured by revenues, and ranked #72 on the Fortune Global 500 in 2014.


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Petitioning Nestlé, PepsiCo, Narendra Modi, Jeff Bezos, Devendra Fadnavis, Ramon laguarta, James Quincey

#putPLANETbeforePROFIT Companies must eliminate non essential plastic from products & pac

We all know that uncontrolled use of plastic is a disaster from a health and environmental perspective and is a serious challenge to us, our future generations and all life on the planet. Poor and developing countries and poorest of poor are the biggest victims. Yes but dont forget eventually the monster of unsustainable living will devour everyone here. While we are banning plastic bags which are used by small vegetables vendors and shop keepers, the big companies are having a free run and continue to propogate the unmitigated disaster. Their tall claims and talk on sustainability and being purpose driven not withstanding- which in that case becomes quite meaningless and merely a PR exercise or action taken when really forced to. Humans dont need those plastic water bottles like Bisleri, Aquafina, Pure Life, Evian, Kinley etc. It is causing far more harm than good. We must find better ways of delivering clean water.  We dont need those plastic lined packs used to pack 50 grams of chips which are harmful, unhealthy and exorbitantly priced. We dont need those supari, chutki, cadbury, manikchand etc in small plastic pouches. Companies like Amazon are using huge amounts of plastic to deliver their products. Even when I used plastic bags I never used the kind of single use plastic and thermocol etc. It 10 times or much more !! Just about 15 years ago we didnt buy our daals and rice in plastic bags and we didnt have all the stuff packed in huge amounts of plastic. We wont die if we dont do that today but we will certainly kill ourselves and the planet if we dont act fast ! A bit of inconvenience (if at all) is a tiny price to save our environment. Else we face an unmitigated disaster and unthinkable misery to humans and all life forms.   We must pass laws to make sure 1. In a short span time they move to sustainable packaging and maximum recycling. - It is perfectly fine if we dont get 50 grams of potato sold as unhealthy chips sold at extortionate kind of prices - It will be great if we get rid of those plastic bottles use to pack those extremely unhealthy soft drinks.  - Companies like Amazon must find better ways of delivering products else the world is better of without them. The world doesnt need Amazon, Amazon needs the world !

Rupark Sarswat
269,561 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Nestle

Stop all’invasione dell’olio di palma

Dallo scorso 13 dicembre milioni di consumatori italiani ed europei hanno scoperto la presenza di un nuovo ingrediente in migliaia di prodotti alimentari. Stiamo parlando dell’olio di palma, una sostanza fino a oggi camuffata dietro la scritta “olii e grassi vegetali”. Per rendersi conto di quanto l’olio di palma sia diffuso basta dire che è il grasso principale di quasi tutte le merendine, i biscotti, gli snack dolci e salati, le creme… in vendita nei supermercati. L’ampio utilizzo di questa materia prima è dovuto sia al costo estremamente basso, sia al fatto di avere caratteristiche simili al burro. Il Fatto Alimentare dice “no” all’olio di palma per motivi etici, ambientali e di salute e invita le aziende a sostituirlo con altri oli vegetali non idrogenati o burro. 1) La produzione di palma è correlata alla rapina delle terre e alla deportazione di milioni di famiglie africane e asiatiche (land grabbing). È inoltre causa primaria della deforestazione di aree boschive (prima causa di emissioni di CO2 nel Sud-Est asiatico) e della devastazione degli “habitat” naturali per lasciare spazio alle monocolture come quelle della palma da olio. Queste operazioni comportano gravi violazioni dei diritti umani, l’eliminazione della sovranità alimentare e la riduzione della biodiversità. Per stemperare le problematiche e ripulire l’immagine dell’olio di palma esiste una certificazione sostenibile (RSPO), che tuttavia copre solo una quota minima della produzione, senza neppure mitigare i problemi denunciati. 2) L’olio di palma viene utilizzato dalla maggior parte delle aziende alimentari perché costa poco e si presta a molti utilizzi. Secondo i nutrizionisti l’assunzione giornaliera di dosi elevate di questo ingrediente può risultare dannosa per la salute a causa della presenza dei grassi saturi. Questa ipotesi si verifica più spesso di quanto si creda, visto che il palma si trova nella maggior parte degli alimenti trasformati, soprattutto in quelli più consumati dai giovani. Anche se in Italia non esistono studi sul consumo pro-capite, i nutrizionisti consigliano di limitarne l’assunzione, in particolare ai bambini che sono i più esposti. Il Fatto Alimentare chiede al Ministero della salute e agli enti pubblici di disporre l'esclusione dalle pubbliche forniture di alimenti che contengano olio di palma. Questa clausola deve essere inserita in tutti i capitolati di appalto per l'approvvigionamento delle mense scolastiche, ospedaliere e aziendali, nonché dei distributori automatici collocati in scuole e pubblici edifici. Chiediamo al Ministero delle politiche agricole e agli altri Stati membri dell'Unione Europea di aderire subito alle Linee Guida del CFS (Committee on World Food Security) - FAO, per una gestione responsabile delle terre, delle foreste e dei bacini idrici. Chiediamo ai supermercati di escludere dalle forniture dei prodotti con il loro marchio (private label) l’olio di palma. Chiediamo alle industrie agroalimentari di impegnarsi a riformulare i prodotti senza l’utilizzo di olio di palma, affinché il cibo “made in Italy” possa davvero distinguersi come buono e giusto. Roberto La Pira (Il Fatto Alimentare) Dario Dongo (Il Fatto Alimentare, Great Italian Food Trade) ____ English

Il Fatto Alimentare
170,015 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Vodafone España

Pide a los anunciantes de Telecinco que retiren su publicidad #TodosconPablo

Pablo Herreros se mojó para evitar el pago a criminales y sus familiares en la televisión. Ahora Telecinco sorprendentemente quiere hacérselo pagar. Telecinco ha puesto una querella por amenazas y coacciones contra Pablo Herreros por la campaña que lanzó para pedir a los anunciantes del programa La Noria que retirasen su publicidad, tras ver en ese programa a la madre del Cuco, uno de los implicados en el asesinato de Marta del Castillo, a la que pagaron 10.000 por esa entrevista. Además de su progenitora, Rosalía García era responsable civil de su hijo, que en aquel momento era menor. Pablo fue valiente y dio la cara para denunciar ese hecho, para evitar el dolor de familias como la de Marta, para conseguir un poco de ética en los contenidos de la televisión. Muchas personas le secundamos y avalamos. Y ahora Telecinco, parte de uno de los mayores grupos de comunicación de Europa, parece querer vengarse contra una persona que simplemente denunció lo que le pareció injusto. Conozco a Pablo desde hace muchos años. Sé que un hombre bueno, y como su padre, es un luchador por la justicia. Telecinco quiere acallar su voz y no debemos permitírselo. Por eso quiero pedirte que firmes esta petición y pidas a las principales marcas que se anuncian en la cadena -L'Oreal, P&G, Ferrero, García Carrión, Carrefour etc -que hagan ver a Telecinco lo terriblemente injusto de esta acción y que retiren su publicidad hasta que Telecinco retire la querella contra Pablo. Estas marcas no pueden contribuir a financiar a una cadena que acosa a los ciudadanos que luchan por un mundo mejor, no pueden dar ni un euro más a quienes quieren poner el dinero por delante de la moral, no pueden contribuir con su publicidad al linchamiento de una persona buena como Pablo. Firma esta petición y difunde la campaña. El año pasado, 30.000 personas conseguimos que todas las marcas se retirasen de La Noria. Ahora necesitamos una ola aún mayor, cientos de miles de personas que hagan entender a las marcas que no deben financiar una gran cadena que quiere aplastar a la persona que se rebeló contra ella.

Mario Tascón
169,776 supporters
Petitioning Suwannee River Water Management District

Stop Nestle from draining 1.2 million gallons/day from Ginnie Springs

Nestle wants to renew a permit bought from Seven Springs. Up till now about .2 million/gallons a day is what has been extracted from the facility near Ginnie Springs however the permit already allows up to 1.2 - 1.7 million gallons a day. Now Nestle bought Seven Springs bottling plant and will be seeking renewal.  Resist this permit until we see a financial projection of how much they will need daily as well as a risk assessment of our wetlands or over all health of the state aquifers which supports their volume requests. A large corporation may possibly push the limits of this permit or violate the permit altogether as they have in Tampa, FL and California. We need to slow them down and keep them accountable! Potential risks include: Deterioration of water quality, lowering the water table reducing residential well water supplies, reduction of water to other streams and lakes in the state, destruction of ecosystems and wetlands, loss of support below soils creating sink holes. Although Nestle will pay Seven Springs for the water they bottle at the Ginnie Springs plant the city or state do not benefit from the water sales. They gain all profits, we lose our ecosystems, well supplies and local watering hole without any financial gain to the state. edited :8-12-19 for accuracy based on new information obtained since petition was created.

Amanda Sapp
151,382 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Nestlé

Tell DiGiorno Pizza to Stop Supporting Horrific Animal Cruelty

Every DiGiorno pizza comes with a slice of cruelty. A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal abuse at Wisconsin-based Wiese Brothers Farms—a major DiGiorno pizza cheese supplier. MFA’s hidden-camera footage reveals:   - Workers viciously kicking, beating, and violently whipping cows in the face and body   - Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, infections and injuries left to suffer without proper veterinary care   - Workers dragging cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains attached to a tractor   - Filthy conditions, including feces-covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall and injure themselves   - Baby calves being dragged away from their mother immediately after birth and having their tails docked without any painkillers Unfortunately, these abuses are merely a sample of the ongoing cruelty and violence documented at this DiGiorno cheese supplier. Due to the company’s complete lack of oversight and meaningful animal welfare standards, DiGiorno is responsible for the culture of cruelty and neglect festering at this dairy factory farm.  No socially responsible corporation should support dairy operations that beat, kick, mutilate, drag and neglect animals. DiGiorno must take immediate action to prevent further abuse by its suppliers. DiGiorno has the power and the ethical responsibility to help end some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the dairy industry. Please join Mercy For Animals in calling on DiGiorno to immediately implement meaningful animal protection guidelines for all dairy suppliers, including zero tolerance for animal abuse, care for “downers,” and an end to mutilations without painkillers. Thank you.

Mercy For Animals
65,600 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Nestlé, Paul Bulcke, Nestlé India Ltd., Jagat Prakash Nadda

#RecallMAGGI Noodles from the market! Don't Feed Lead!

We are a nation of #Maggi lovers! I was shocked to know that high levels of MSG and lead were found in Maggi. Apparently the levels of lead were seven times more than what is allowed.   I am speechless and outraged because too much MSG and lead causes severe health problems! I cannot see our children and youth face the scenario of being afflicted with learning difficulties, vomiting, headache, nausea and breathing problems. Nestle needs to become responsible to its customers and cannot sell substandard products.  When Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration (FDA) found lead and MSG, I was horrified. Maggi is poisoning our generation and Nestle needs to take action immediately! Sign my petition and ask Nestle to recall Maggi from the market! We want Maggi that does not make us sick. In the past, Nestle has recalled Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in USA, Kit Kat chunky peanut butter bars​, Kit Kat chunky hazelnut bars, Kit Kat chunky choc fudge bars​, Kit Kat chunky caramel bars, Kit Kat chunky hazelnut multipack, ​Kit Kat chunky collection giant egg​; all from UK, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada​.Nestle can do this for Maggi as well. If thousands of customers demand Nestle to recall Maggi, they will have to rise above profiteering and prove that it values the lives of its Indian customers!They have recalled products in developed countries before. Nestle can not sell substandard products in India either!Sign my petition and share it with your friends.Let’s hold Nestle accountable and make Maggi MSG and lead free!

RPS Kohli
30,234 supporters
Petitioning Suwannee River Water Management District

Pide a Nestlé que no extraiga 4.1 millones de litros diarios del manantial en recuperación

Nestlé quiere renovar el permiso por la compra de Seven Springs. Hasta ahora, se extraían más de 757.000 litros de las cercanías de Ginnie Springs aunque el permiso ya establece un máximo de entre 4.5 millones de litros al día. Ahora Nestlé ha comprado una planta de envasado en Seven Springs y quiere lograr la renovación de los contratos.  Queremos que no se conceda este permiso hasta que veamos una proyección de cuánta agua se va a extraer cada día, así como una evaluación de los riesgos para nuestros humedales o la salud de los acuíferos de la zona. Una gran empresa como esta podría superar los límites de extracción o violar estos permisos por completo como ya se ha hecho en Tampa, Florida y California. ¡Necesitamos parar esto y que se hagan responsables del daño que se puede causar al medio ambiente! Entre estos riesgos está el deterioro de la calidad del agua, la disminución de la capa freática, la reducción de los suministros de los pozos residenciales o la reducción del agua de otros arroyos y lagos del estado, así como la destrucción de ecosistemas y humedales.  Aunque Nestlé pague a Seven Springs por el agua que embotellan en la planta de Ginnie Springs, la ciudad o el estado no se beneficia de esas ventas del agua. Obtienen todas las ganancias y perdemos nuestros ecosistemas o los suministros de pozos y abrevaderos locales sin que haya ninguna ganancia financiera para el Estado.

Amanda Sapp
151,382 supporters
Petitioning Nestlé, Mark Schneider, Steve Presley, Kevin Petrie, Kate Shaw, Madansinh Vaghela, Jack Scott, Linda Fischer

Nestlé: End Cruel Dehorning of Cows and Churn Out Vegan Options!

I recently worked undercover for Compassion Over Killing (now known as Animal Outlook) inside a massive Pennsylvania dairy factory. Instead of the frolicking “happy cows” we are shown in dairy commercials, at Martin Farms I documented extreme violence toward defenseless baby calves and mother cows, treated as nothing more than milk-producing machines—violence that was more horrific than anything I’d ever seen before. COK was determined to find out how this cruelty was making its way to American consumers—so we followed a truck carrying Martin Farms’ miserable milk straight to one of the world’s largest ice cream plants, churning out Dreyer’s, Edy’s, and Häagen-Dazs ice cream for the world's largest food and dairy company: Nestlé.On this filthy, crowded factory farm, I saw workers hoist cows who were unable to walk or stand by their hips with metal clamps and drag them by tractor. A manager shot one “downer” cow in the head, and she remained conscious for almost a minute before the fatal shot. I will never forget the screams I heard as this manager sadistically stabbed a cow over and over with a sharp instrument in a botched attempt to supposedly treat a stomach ailment—without any sedation or pain relief.Every day at Martin Farms was like a living nightmare. Some “downer” cows were killed and butchered on site, their meat distributed to workers in garbage bags. Others were sprayed in the face with scalding hot water, kicked, stomped on, or hit by workers, and cows with prolapsed uteruses and open sores were denied even basic veterinary care. One cow had her teat sliced off.When alerted to the abuse I documented, Nestlé responded that it immediately severed ties with Martin Farms. However, the company has still failed to address the systemic nature of the issues our investigation uncovered.What I captured on video at Martin Farms exposes brutal yet everyday practices that can be seen inside dairy farms across the country: bloody hoof trimming; the heartbreaking separation of day-old calves from their loving mothers; and hot irons being burned into calves’ flesh to permanently destroy their horns and growth tissue in a cruel process known as “dehorning” or “disbudding,” used at 94% of US dairies. At Martin Farms, calves are tied up as a red-hot iron is pressed down on the sensitive nerves in their heads for several minutes—without any pain relief.Veterinary expert Dr. Holly Cheever called my footage of this gruesome dehorning and disbudding “a glaring example of dairy mismanagement that results in cruelty” and concluded that the “calves are in agonizing pain, shown by their violent thrashing and bellowing.”Investigations like mine and COK’s 2017 footage from another Pennsylvania dairy farm show just how common cruelty is in this industry. That’s why we are urging Nestlé to step up as an industry leader rather than attempt to simply wash its hands clean of the abuse caught on hidden camera on this one farm.To most of the dairy industry, painful horn removal is considered “standard practice”—the hidden price of producing cheap milk for millions of consumers. But in 2014, Nestlé announced an animal welfare policy that was lauded as one of the most progressive of its time, including a commitment to eliminate dehorning of older calves entirely, as well as ending the painful removal of horn tissue of younger calves (disbudding) without anesthesia. Yet the manufacturing giant aimed for only 80 percent compliance in its supply chain by 2020—a full six years after issuing this commitment.Even with an anesthetic, studies have found that these vulnerable young calves, often only weeks old, respond with elevated stress hormones once the medications wear off. And the excruciating pain from having their sensitive horns and horn tissue burned from their heads can last days or even weeks.Farms could prevent this terrifying mutilation entirely by choosing cows who do not grow horns, as has been recommended by both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. But the dairy industry is dragging its feet, with only 2 percent of farms making the switch. As the world’s largest food and dairy company, Nestlé has the ability—and the responsibility—to implement immediate systemic changes to push the dairy industry forward by eliminating the cruel removal of calves’ horns and horn tissue for its products once and for all.The dairy industry’s profits depend on a cycle of cruelty: Like all mammals, in order to produce milk, a cow must have recently given birth. Female cows are repeatedly forcibly impregnated and have their day-old babies ripped from their side so that their milk can be used for humans.After spending years mired in their own waste and suffering routine abuse, their 20-year natural lifespan is cut short when their exhausted, depleted bodies are no longer considered useful and they are sent to slaughter for beef, largely low-grade meat like hamburger, at just five years old. And their calves fare no better: Males often spend several months confined to a crate or tiny pen before being slaughtered for veal, while females endure the same suffering as their mothers.Millions of consumers are discovering the best way we can spare gentle cows from abuse in the dairy industry: keeping the milk they produce for their babies out of our shopping carts. In response to this surging demand, The Economist recently named 2019 the “year of the vegan.” Non-dairy milks already comprise 13 percent of total milk sales, and the market for plant-based milk products is projected to double in size over the next four years to $30 billion in 2023.As droves of conscious consumers choose vegan food, Nestlé can no longer afford to play a passive role with just an occasional new vegan product launch. If the food giant truly wants to maintain its role as a global food leader, it must help pave the way for the plant-based revolution by shifting its supply chain significantly toward vegan ingredients.Please join me today in urging Nestlé to take a slice out of milk’s misery by immediately ending the gruesome and unnecessary disbudding and dehorning of calves in its supply chain—and churning out more vegan products, starting with dairy-free Dreyer’s and vegan Edy’s ice cream.In solidarity,“Sam”Undercover Investigator, Compassion Over Killing P.S. The easiest way you can protect cows, and all animals, from this abuse is to try healthy and delicious vegan eating. Click here to get started!

Animal Outlook
23,543 supporters
Petitioning PT. Agro Kati Lama, SIPEF Group, Nestlé, Pemerintah Kabupaten Musi Rawas, Disnaker Kab. Musi Rawas, Kementerian Ketenagakerjaan Republik Indonesia

Buruh kebun sawit bekerja tidak layak dan berbahaya. PT. AKL segera perbaiki kondisi kerja

[English version below: Plantation workers work without job security and health protection. Improve working conditions at PT. AKL now!] Endang (35 tahun) telah bekerja selama lebih dari enam tahun di perkebunan sawit milik PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL). Sehari-harinya, ia bekerja memangkas rerumputan liar (weeding), menebar pupuk (manuring), dan pekerjaan perawatan lainnya, termasuk menyemprot racun herbisida (spraying) di sekitaran batang pohon kelapa sawit. Bertahun-tahun bekerja, kesejahteraan hidup buruh itu dan keluarganya tidak beranjak naik—kontras dengan janji industri sawit meningkatkan kesejahteraan warga. Ia bekerja tanpa kepastian. Ia dipekerjakan sebagai buruh harian lepas (BHL), paling banyak ia bekerja hanya selama kurang dari 15 hari dalam sebulan. Karena statusnya sebagai harian lepas, maka gaji yang diterima sangat bergantung dari berapa hari ia bekerja. “Paling besar saya mendapat gaji sebanyak Rp. 1.600.000. Tapi jarang sekali. Biasanya sekitar Rp. 1.400.000,” katanya. Selain mempekerjakan buruh harian lepas selama bertahun-tahun, perusahaan juga tidak memberikan perlindungan kesehatan dan keselamatan kerja (K3) dengan efektif. Perempuan itu biasa bekerja menyemprot racun herbisida hanya menggunakan masker kain. Masker ala kadarnya itu pun baru didapat setelah ia mendesak mandor atau asisten kebun. Pada tahun 2014, Endang mengalami kecelakaan kerja. Racun herbisida tidak sengaja tersemprot dari pompa sprayer ke wajahnya hingga masuk ke mulut. “Dampaknya saya muntah-muntah, kepala pusing, dan badan lemas,” ujarnya mengingat pengalaman buruk tersebut. Namun, menurut Endang tidak ada kompensasi apapun yang diberikan oleh perusahaan selain satu kaleng susu cair. Ia harus membayar sendiri biaya berobat di puskesmas. Saat ini ia menjadi tulang punggung keluarga. Suaminya, (37 tahun) saat ini tidak dipekerjakan kembali oleh perusahaan. Perusahaan beralasan suaminya tidak dipekerjakan kembali lantaran kontraknya sudah habis. Padahal suaminya telah mencurahkan tenaganya untuk PT. AKL selama bertahun-tahun. Sementara itu, Astuti (45 tahun) mengeluhkan buruknya standar K3 di tempat kerjanya. Astuti mengeluhkan iritasi mata dan kulit yang sering dialami setiap kali Ia bekerja menaburkan pupuk. “Kalau debu pupuk kena mata dan tangan, itu perih sekali,” kata Astuti. Endang dan Astuti adalah dua dari 900 lebih pekerja berstatus BHL di perkebunan sawit milik PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL)—yang berlokasi di Musi Rawas, Sumatera Selatan—yang mengalami kondisi serupa. Mereka bekerja tanpa perjanjian kerja tertulis dengan perusahaan dan, alih-alih, direkrut melalui perusahaan sub-kontraktor atau yayasan alih daya. Ada banyak sekali pelanggaran aturan ketenagakerjaan dalam UU Ketenagakerjaan No. 13 tahun 2003 yang terjadi di perkebunan PT. AKL (lebih lengkapnya bisa baca di sini), mulai dari status dan hubungan kerja yang tidak pasti, upah yang tidak manusiawi, serta buruknya standar K3. Usaha untuk meminta perbaikan kondisi kerja sudah ditempuh. Serikat buruh independen di perusahaan, Serikat Buruh Sawit Sejahtera (SBB) telah berupaya melakukan sejumlah audiensi dengan pihak perusahaan, namun tidak ada perubahan yang berarti. Induk perusahaan, SIPEF Group telah beberapa kali menerima surat protes kami. Namun dari tiga kali balasan surat yang kami terima, perusahaan yang bermarkas di Belgia ini selalu mengelak dari fakta pelanggaran yang ditemukan di lapangan, dan menganggap praktek ketenagakerjaan yang diterapkan telah mematuhi UU Ketenagakerjaan. Kami menuntut agar PT. AKL, serta induk perusahaannya SIPEF Group agar memenuhi tanggung jawabnya memberikan pekerjaan yang layak dan aman. Hal yang terutama adalah memberikan kepastian kerja dengan mengangkat seluruh pekerja BHL dan kontrak menjadi pekerja tetap/ permanen. Dukung petisi ini, mari kita sama-sama ikut menyuarakan ketidakadilan yang dialami oleh saudara-saudara kita buruh PT. AKL, dan mendesak agar perusahaan segera memperbaiki kesalahannya secara transparan. [English version] Endang (35 years) has been working for more than six years in palm oil plantation owned by PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL) Every day, she works to cut weeds, apply fertilizers, and other plant-care work, including spraying toxic herbicide around the trunks of palm oil trees. After years of work, Endang and family’s welfare have never actually improved—in contrast to the promise of the palm oil industry in bringing prosperity for local community. Endang works in uncertainty. She is employed as ‘buruh harian lepas’ (daily-paid casual workers), where she works only for less than 15 days a month at most. Because of her casual status, her income will always depend on how many days she works in the given month. "At most, I earn IDR 1,600,000 (USD 111). But that is a rare occasion. Usually I only earn around IDR 1,400,000 (USD 97)," she said. The company does not only employ casual workers for years continuously, but also ignore effective occupational health and safety (OSH) standards at the workplace. When spraying the chemical, Endang usually only wears a plain cloth mask. This simple mask will be provided only if Endang keeps demanding her supervisor or field assistant. In 2014, she had a work accident. One kind of herbicide was accidentally spurted from the knapsack nozzle to her face and accidentally swallowed. “I kept vomiting, my head felt dizzy and I felt weak,” said Endang while recalling her terrible experience. However, according to Endang, the company provided no compensation other than a can of milk. Endang had to pay for her own treatment at the local clinic. Currently, Endang has become the backbone of her family. Her husband (37 years) is not employed anymore by the company. The company said that her husband was not employed because his contract period has finished—despite the fact that he had been working for many years. Meanwhile, Astuti (45 years) complained about the poor OSH standards at her workplace. She complained of often having eye and skin irritation whenever she returned after applying fertilizers. “Our eyes and hands feel sore if the fertilizer dust is exposed to us,” Astuti said. Endang and Astuti are two of more than 900 casual workers in the palm oil plantations owned by PT. Agro Kati Lama (AKL)—which is located in Musi Rawas, South Sumatera—who also experience the similar conditions. Workers are working without a written contract and, instead, hired through the labour outsourcing agency. There are many violations of labour rights as stipulated in the Indonesian Labor Law (Act 13 of 2003) found in the AKL plantation (refer to this link for a more detailed information), from the uncertain employment status and relationship, meagre wages, and poor OSH standards. There are some efforts to demand improvements on the working conditions. The existing independent union, Serikat Buruh Sawit Sejahtera (SBSS) has also tried to open a dialogue with the company, but to no avail. The holding company, SIPEF Group has received our complaint letters several times. However, from the three times of correspondence, the company—which locates its headquarters in Belgium—tends to deny every allegation based on the fact-finding results. The company also claims that they have complied with the labor law. We demand the PT. AKL, and its holding company, to fulfill their responsibility in providing safe and decent work. Among the important things is to provide job security by promoting every casual and contract worker to permanent status. Let us support this petition. We shall voice out the injustice experienced by our fellow AKL workers. We urge the company to immediately and transparently improve the working conditions.   Best regards, Jaringan Solidaritas Transnasional Buruh Kelapa Sawit/ Transnational Palm Oil Labour Solidarity (TPOLS) Network.

Transnational Palm Oil Labour Solidarity
17,307 supporters
#RecallMAGGI Noodles from the market! Don't Feed Lead!

Thank you for contacting us regarding MAGGI in India. We have read your petition and appreciate receiving your feedback. As you have noted, we have already issued a withdrawal of MAGGI noodles from the market in India due to an environment of confusion for consumers and while we work with the authorities to clarify the situation. We agree that India is a nation of MAGGI lovers and the trust of you, our consumers, is extremely important to us. Our highest priority is the safety and quality of our products, which undergo rigorous testing before being allowed on the market. Please rest assured that in India we have the same stringent safety policies as everywhere else in the world. Nestlé India have conducted tests on around 1,000 samples of MAGGI in our own laboratories and asked an independent lab to assess a further 600 product samples – representing a total of 125 million packets of noodles. These tests found that lead levels were well within food safety limits specified by Indian authorities. We do not add MSG to MAGGI noodles in India, however the product contains glutamate from hydrolysed groundnut protein, onion powder and wheat flour. Glutamate produces a positive result in a test for MSG. For now, MAGGI has been withdrawn from the market. We are working hard to resolve this situation and aim to have your favourite noodles back on shelves as soon as possible. For more information, please see this dedicated page: http://bit.ly/1Jk5Moz Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your trust and will do all we can to keep it. Best wishes, The Nestlé India team

5 years ago