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
Sign the #petition (only for US People) : Justice for Michael Brown
Missouri police officer racially profiled and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Join CREDO and @ColorOfChange calling on Eric Holder to exercise his authority to bring federal criminal charges against Officer Darren Wilson.
Madoff Trials in #Geneva Loom Years After Fraudster Confessed - Bloomberg #Genève #banksters #finance
Madoff’s deception was a blow to Geneva’s reputation as a safe place to do business and the trials are an unwelcome reminder at a time when the city’s financial community has other challenges.
The fraud “was a shock as Geneva is very much old money, so credibility and prestige are very important,” said Stephane Garelli, a professor at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. “It was a bad moment for a lot of people in Geneva because they didn’t show very good judgment -- and today people will say ‘let’s turn the page, let’s forget about that, we have enough on our plate in future with banking secrecy and other things....”
In a Shift, @BarackObama Extends U.S. Role in #Afghanistan Combat #BarackObomba - NY Times
WASHINGTON — President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.
Mr. Obama’s order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.
The Climate Crisis is #Capitalism » #environment CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Much Western discourse around environmental crisis reiterates the self-serving frame that ‘the world,’ rich and poor, global North and South, capitalist and communist, produced global warming. The assertion is posed as pragmatic, as avoiding the Cold War oppositions that tend to shut down discussion of important issues. If ‘we all’ are responsible for this or that catastrophe then we all have a responsibility to solve it. But what if, in terms of facts and history, a very specific and well defined form of political economy contains the guiding principles, modes of social organization, necessary technocratic skills, motive and two hundred years of easily assignable history of environmental destruction, can be blamed?
The question of whether or not capitalism is responsible for climate crisis is more pragmatic than ideological. A first step to solving a problem is to understand what is causing it. Capitalism as a form of political an
School of the Americas Morphs Into US Training Industrial Complex - Truthout
JP Sottile, Truthout: Twenty-five years after an infamous massacre of six Jesuits at the hands of its graduates, activists still demand closure of School of the Americas (SOA). Yet, since SOA was "officially closed" and reopened the next year with a new name, a worldwide US network of training that amounts to a vast satellite campus system of military influence and power is the "new" School of the Americas.
Could #Rwanda’s @PaulKagame be #Africa’s worst ‘serial killer?’ | The London Evening Post
We belatedly bring our readers the last section of the amazing revelations concerning the leadership of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. The authors of this article, Edward S Herman and David Peterson have written a book ‘Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later (The Real News Books, 2014),which is now on sale in good bookshops around the world. In the final part here, they accuse Kagame of having been involved in the killing so far, of three African leaders. In addition to having already agreed with a BBC documentary on Rwanda that it was indeed Paul Kagame whose actions started the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the authors believe he is also not only responsible for assassinating Rwandan exiles but has ‘personally’ ordered the killing of at least 17 Rwanda Patriotic Army officers. Read on:
#España Los curas sospechosos de pederastia en #Granada actuaban como una secta #pedophilia - El Pais
Los Romanones tenían su propio líder uno de los tres sacerdotes a los que el arzobispado suspendió sus funciones tras la intervención del Papa FranciscoLos curas investigados judicialmente en Granada por pederastia (supuestamente abusaron sexualmente durante años de al menos un menor, aunque no se descartan nuevos casos) actuaban de manera similar a una secta. Y tenían su propio líder: en concreto, uno de los tres sacerdotes a los que el arzobispado suspendió de funciones tras la intervención directa del Papa en el asunto, según fuentes de la investigación. El foco se centra en una popular parroquia situada en los aledaños del barrio granadino del Zaidín. En ella ejercía su ministerio el líder de este grupo y también era el lugar donde estos sacerdotes, muy amigos entre sí, captaban a jóvenes como monaguillos y ayudantes y trataban de imbuirles la vocación religiosa.
Pero, en paralelo, les hacían lavados de cerebro en reuniones secretas en la que disertaban abiertamente del sexo y les alentaban a mantener relaciones con ellos argumentando que eso no era pecado. Además, los sometían a brutales prácticas sexuales, y siempre con abuso de la situación de superioridad que ejercían sobre ellos, según las mismas fuentes. Los 10 sacerdotes y los dos seglares investigados también mantenían relaciones entre sí. Todo esto ha trascendido a raíz de la denuncia de un joven que contó las agresio...
#démissionné ..▶ Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel ‘pushed out’ by Obama -RT -1:14
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is leaving his position after less than two years on the job. The announcement was made Monday morning in a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, and many in the media are already speculating on potential political motives behind the move. RT’s Ben Swann has more details.
After Vowing to End Combat Mission in #Afghanistan, #Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War - 22 mn
http://democracynow.org - President Obama has secretly extended the U.S. role in Afghanistan despite earlier promises to wind down America’s longest war. According to the New York Times, Obama has signed a classified order that ensures U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting. In addition, the order reportedly enables American jets, bombers and drones to bolster Afghan troops on combat missions. And, under certain circumstances, it would apparently authorize U.S. air-strikes to support Afghan military operations throughout the country. The decision contradicts Obama’s earlier announcement that the U.S. military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. Afghanistan’s new president Ashraf Ghani has also backed an expanded U.S. military role. Ghani, who took office in September, has also reportedly lifted limits on U.S. airstrikes and joint raids that his predecessor Hamid Karzai had put in place. We go to Kabul to speak with Dr. Hakim, a peace activist and physician who has provided humanitarian relief in Afghanistan for the last decade. We are also joined by Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who has just returned from Afghanistan. Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,300+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET at http://democracynow.org. Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: http://owl.li/ruJ5Q
Witness in French inquiry into 1994 #Rwanda plane crash disappears (Includes interview) #Genocide @PaulKagame
A key witness for a French court investigating who triggered the Rwandan genocide has gone missing in Kenya after a Paris judge insisted the witness’ name be identified in legal documents – a move critics say compromised his safety.
Elizabeth Warren: "Enough Is Enough" With @BarackObama 's Wall Street Appointees
Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been talking about President Obama's economic appointees, and it sounds like she's pretty fed up. The White House has begun blocking tax inversions and has publicly denounced the practice, but its position is undercut when it appoints someone like Antonio Weiss.
review #documentary '#MerchantsofDoubt', shows how public opinion is manipulated - LA Times
Don't underestimate Robert Kenner's "Merchants of Doubt ." It may sound like a standard-issue advocacy documentary concerned, as so many are, with the perils of global warming, but it's a lot more than that.