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
Egypt and Saudi Arabia are planning a ground operation in Yemen, Egyptian officials said Thursday, a day after Saudi Arabia began bombing Houthi rebels in the country. Three officials speaking to the AP did not give troop numbers, but said that they would enter by land and by sea and that the coalition would involve other countries. Turkey has said that it may be one of the nations providing "logistical support." Yemeni President Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled his home to an undisclosed location Wednesday. The White House said late Wednesday that President Barack Obama authorized logistical and intelligence support to the Saudi-led operations in Yemen. “While U.S. forces are not taking direct military action in Yemen in support of this effort, we are establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. military and intelligence support,” according to a White House statement.
My Lai Revisited: 47 Years Later, #SeymourHersh Travels to #Vietnam Site of #US Massacre He Exposed - 11:47
http://democracynow.org - Fifty years after the U.S. ground invasion of Vietnam began, we look back at the 1968 My Lai massacre, when American troops killed hundreds of civilians. Journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story of the massacre and cover-up, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his work. But Hersh never actually went there -- he interviewed soldiers stateside. Forty-seven years later, he recently traveled to My Lai for the first time, which he documents in a new article for The New Yorker, "The Scene of the Crime: A Reporter's Journey to My Lai and the Secrets of the Past." Hersh joins us to discuss how he exposed the massacre nearly five decades ago and what it was like to visit My Lai for the first time.
▶ Third-party candidates seek more representation in #USA presidential debates - RT America - 7 mn
As the 2016 presidential race heats up, activists and reformers are looking for ways to make their voices heard in the political debates. New and bipartisan groups are looking to change how the debates have been run over the past 20 years, seeking a change in rules and for more third-party voices to be included. RT’s Ameera David speaks with former mayor of Salt Lake City and presidential nominee Rocky Anderson about the need for more choices in America’s politics.
#Journalism as Subversion - by #ChrisHedges (ex #NYTimes reporter)
The assault of global capitalism is not only an economic and political assault. It is a cultural and historical assault. Global capitalism seeks to erase our stories and our histories. Its systems of mass communication, which peddle a fake intimacy with manufactured celebrities and a false sense of belonging within a mercenary consumer culture, shut out our voices, hopes and dreams. Salacious gossip about the elites and entertainers, lurid tales of violence and inane trivia replace in national discourse the actual and the real. The goal is a vast historical amnesia.
The traditions, rituals and struggles of the poor and workingmen and workingwomen are replaced with the vapid homogenization of mass culture. Life’s complexities are reduced to simplistic stereotypes. Common experiences center around what we have been fed by television and mass media. We become atomized and alienated. Solidarity and empathy are crushed. The cult of the self becomes paramount. And once the cult of the self is supreme we are captives to the corporate monolith.
As the mass media, now uniformly in the hands of large corporations, turn news into the ridiculous chronicling of pseudo-events and pseudo-controversy we become ever more invisible as individuals. Any reporting of the truth—the truth about what the powerful are doing to us and how we are struggling to endure and retain our dignity and self-respect—would fracture and divide a global population that must be molded into compliant consumers and obedient corporate subjects. This has made journalism, real journalism, subversive. And it has made P...
#environment #nuclear Global Warming: Obama’s Failures Compared to #China’s Real Action : Indybay
Obama’s Failures Compared to China’s Real Action on Global Warming
People’s Republic of China Engaged in Largest Push for Renewable Energy the World Has Ever Seen.
Obama's EPA Proposes Potentially Taking Minimal Action on Carbon Emissions
By Steven Argue
On Monday, June 2nd, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally announced proposed limits on carbon emissions from power plants. This is only a draft proposal that will be open to discussion for one year and then potentially be adopted in June 2015, one year before Obama leaves office.
Obama promised when he was running for office in 2008 that he would direct the EPA to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. An important 2007 court ruling found this kind of EPA regulation to be legal under the Clean Air Act, a ruling that means that no further congressional approval was necessary for Obama to take action. This author has repeatedly exposed the fact that Obama has not done what he promised and that he cannot blame Congress for his inaction. And it should be emphasized that Obama still has not taken action.
The proposal outlined by EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, if adopted, is projected to cut carbon pollution from the United State’s 600 coal heated power plants by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030. This may sound significant, but due to fracking and increased use of natural gas, U.S. carbon emissions in the generation of electricity already dropped by 15% between 2005 and 2012. This is according to Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center. In addition, since these emission standards would be applied on a state by state basis, a number of states, including New York, Georgia, Washington, and Virginia have already met the proposed 30% reduction standard. Those states would not need to take any action to be in compliance if the proposal is adopted. The use of this 2005 base line rather than current emissions appears to be just an attempt to make the proposed regulations appear far larger than they really are. What is actually being proposed then for potential action is a 15% reduction nationally in one sector of the economy that produces only 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, a sector where emissions are already on the decline.
This raising of smoke and mirrors by the Obama Administration comes at a time in world history when far bigger and more meaningful action is needed to help save today’s young and fairly young people along with future generations from far more devastating climate change and ocean acidification. As a result of global warming, agricultural production will be adversely impacted due to rising oceans and increased droughts, flooding, desertification, and more intense storms. Ocean acidification as a r
▶ #NewYork #media focuses disproportionately on #black crime – #report - RT America
A new report claims that media players in New York are continually over-reporting criminal incidents involving African-Americans, while the most recent numbers show that white-on-white crime is just as much of an issue. Manila Chan talks to radio and television personality Michael Lebron, popularly known as 'Lionel,' about the media distortion.
#Iraq Loses Third of Fighters vs. #ISIS - Shiite militias don't trust in US led coalition-NY Times
Three large Shiite militia groups quit the fight against ISIS in Tikrit on Thursday, leaving Iraq without as much as a third of its forces as U.S. planes prepped for a second day of airstrikes. “We don’t trust the American-led coalition in combating ISIS,” said a spokesman for one of the three groups. “In the past, they have targeted our security forces and dropped aid to ISIS by mistake.” (Huh?) Another group’s leader also voiced displeasure with the Americans’ involvement, saying, “We don’t need the American-led coalition to participate in Tikrit. Tikrit is an easy battle, we can win it ourselves.”
#Hillary’s Challengers – and the Anti-#WallStreet Wave
Former governor Martin O’Malley and former senator Jim Webb spoke at a firefighters’ union event earlier this month. Both are the subject of renewed press interest as they contemplate entering the presidential race. Sen. Bernie Sanders has been publicly weighing a run. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being encouraged to enter the race. All four have criticized Wall Street’s unethical practices and undue political influence. Leading contender Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has not. Should that worry Demo
How #TonyBlair Helped Open the Door for #ISIS #EI #IS #Daech » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
by PATRICK COCKBURN
Tony Blair stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy after eight years was greeted almost everywhere with a mixture of harsh criticism, derision and relief. He had reportedly long been allocating three days a month to the job and devoting the rest of his time to his business interests.
Blair is a member of a strange but exclusive club consisting of British and American political leaders whose careers have been blighted or terminated
“These settlements, and the occupation more broadly, are financially unsustainable on their own, and must be propped up by far right-wing Jewish and Christian Zionist funds from abroad,” a member of a group campaigning against the practice told MintPress News.
They joined World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, former Facebook executive Sean Parker, developer Ross Perot Jr. — son of 1992 presidential candidate H. Ross Perot — and businessman Dick DeVos, who leads the direct-selling giant Amway that specializes in health and beauty products.
Media figures include Rupert Murdoch, whose corporate empire controls Fox News and the Wall Street Journal among other media outlets, and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger. Add Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, former CNN journalist Campbell Brown and New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks to the list, as well.
Other bold-faced names include former Vice President Dick Cheney, former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, soon-to-be former Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois and Chick-fil-A honcho Dan Cathy.(...)
#US "#WarOnDrugs" ruined #Mexico even worse than it did #Afghanistan-TomDispatch.com
By Rebecca Gordon | (Tomdispatch.com) –
They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national governments and control entire sections of the country. They provide employment and services to an impoverished public, which distrusts their actual government with its bitter record of corruption, repression, and torture. They seduce young people from several countries, including the United States, into their murderous activities.
Is this a description of the heinous practices of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria? It could be, but as a matter of fact it’s not. These particular thugs exist a lot closer to home. They are part of the multi-billion-dollar industry kno...
#Turkey We met the #Syria n refugees living in Istanbul's ruins - Al Jazeera YouTube
We meet Syrian refugee families living in abandoned buildings in Istanbul.
There are now at least 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The Turkish government and charities provide housing, healthcare and education in camps near the border. But hundreds of thousands have moved to the cities. Some find work and decent housing, others struggle.
Al Jazeera’s Hassan Ghani and Sümeyye Ertekin visited some of them.
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