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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjem #FoodSafety #Suisse #Ethic

Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nouris

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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CNBC EXCLUSIVE:DID SOME POLITICAL FIGURES HAVE SECRET SWISS ACCOUNTS? #ubs

CNBC EXCLUSIVE:DID SOME POLITICAL FIGURES HAVE SECRET SWISS ACCOUNTS? #ubs | News in english | Scoop.it

WHEN: MONDAY, JULY 23RD

WHERE: CNBC.COM

Did Some Political Figures Have Secret Swiss Accounts?

Posted By: Eamon Javers | CNBC Washington, DC Correspondent

CNBC.com

 

Mitt Romney isn’t the only American political figure to have had money in a Swiss Bank account.

A "handful" of politically connected Americans had secret, undisclosed accounts at the Swiss bank UBS , a source familiar with the accounts told CNBC.

The names of those people were turned over to the U.S. government as part of the bank’s massive tax evasion settlement, the source said. And while the Romney campaign has said Gov. Romney paid all appropriate taxes on his Swiss account, the other American political figures likely did not — the source explained that the accounts revealed by UBS to the U.S. government were "undisclosed," meaning that information about them was not previously transmitted to the IRS.

UBS, like other global banks, applies heightened scrutiny to the accounts of customers in various countries including the United States who qualify as "Politically Exposed Persons," or PEPs in banking jargon. A wide range of officials meet that definition, including people who are not current office holders or who are simply related to prominent political players.

The international effort to monitor PEP accounts stems from concern that the bank accounts of high ranking political figures could be conduits for corruption and bribery. Tracking PEPs is one way banks protect themselves from being dragged into money laundering investigations, generally through beefed up "know your customer" efforts and enhanced due diligence.

Although the term "PEP" is most often used in the context of rogue regimes and third world countries, where corruption can be endemic, international banks’ PEP compliance efforts also apply to any American official who may have an account overseas. That’s why the existence of American PEPs is a potentially explosive political issue — voters would likely demand to know why those accounts were set up overseas, and what the source is of the funds they contain.

A spokesman for UBS declined to disclose the names of the politically connected Americans who had accounts with the bank.

In a 2011 interview conducted at a federal prison in Pennsylvania, former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld told CNBC that he learned of a secret unit inside the bank that handled American political accounts. "There was a dedicated desk in Zurich for this," Birkenfeld said. "And we had people who staffed that. Because these people were so politically sensitive that they had to be ring fenced within the Swiss bank secrecy of Switzerland. There was an American PEP desk out of Zurich. I know that for a fact, because we had people who knew it existed, but it was so cloak and dagger. It was held in secrecy. Beyond secrecy."

Birkenfeld, who turned over information on 19,000 alleged tax cheats to U.S. authorities, is serving a 40-month prison sentence for his role in a tax scheme. CNBC has not previously aired his comments about American PEPs at UBS. Spokespeople for other banks with operations in Switzerland declined to say whether or not their PEP monitoring efforts included American PEPs.

A spokesman for HSBC told CNBC that the bank will not disclose whether it holds accounts for any American PEPs, citing client confidentiality. The spokesman explained that HSBC, which was cited by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in July for years of lax anti money-laundering efforts, applies the recommendations of the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force as it monitors its PEP accounts. Those recommendations include bank’s "obtaining senior management approval for establishing (or continuing, for existing customers) such business relationships." And the guidelines suggest that banks "take reasonable measures to establish the source of wealth and source of funds" in any PEP account.

Asked whether the bank held accounts in Switzerland for any American PEPs, a spokesperson for Credit Suisse said simply, "we are not going to be able to provide any specific info about PEPs." She noted, however that Credit Suisse’s definition of a "PEP" included highly influential people in a given country who do not necessarily hold official public positions.

For its part, UBS says it defines as a PEP any person holding prominent political roles, such as presidents, prime ministers and high ranking national politicians. And the bank also includes high ranking officials in government, the judiciary, the military, national political parties, and top ranking managers of state run companies. Also included: people linked to prominent figures through family, personal or business connections.

According to the source, a handful of Americans with secret accounts in Switzerland qualified as PEPs, and would therefore have been monitored by the Swiss bank more closely. The source cautioned that there were not likely to have been famous politicians on the list turned over to the U.S. government. "It’s not by far as interesting as one might think," the source said.

The accounts of the American political figures were closed after UBS announced it would exit the so called "cross-border" business for U.S. customers in 2008, the source said. What happened to the money held in the accounts is unclear. "Usually when the bank closes a relationship, the client gets asked what the bank is supposed to do with the assets i.e.: transfer to another account, cash withdrawal, etc.," the source told CNBC in an email Monday. That suggests that the accounts could have been transferred back to the United States, or to another account elsewhere in the world.

UBS agreed to a $780 million settlement of tax evasion charges with the U.S. government in 2009, and agreed to turn over the names of some of the thousands of Americans who used their Swiss accounts to dodge U.S. taxes. Also in 2009, the IRS announced an amnesty program for Americans to disclose their offshore accounts and eliminate the risk of criminal prosecution. That effort has brought in billions of dollars in back taxes to the U.S. Treasury.

In January, the Romney campaign disclosed that a blind trust in his wife Ann Romney’s name placed $3 million in an account at UBS in 2003, but said that account had been closed in 2010.

In an email to CNBC, the Romney campaign said the account was "never part of the controversy between UBS and the IRS."

"The IRS amnesty program was for undisclosed accounts that did not pay taxes," the Romney campaign statement said. "This account was disclosed to the IRS and did pay taxes each year when due in a timely manner."

© 2012 CNBC.com

URL: http://www.cnbc.com/id/48291591/

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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