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
Classified #Hillary Emails Had #CIA, #NSA Info - #Clinton is definitely not a serious #US election 2016 candidate
Classified emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private computer server contained information from five U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and NSA, McClatchy reported Thursday. One of the emails about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack was even released to the public by the State Department in May despite it being classified. That email contained information from the NSA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which uses spy satellites. Four other emails contained info from the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all intelligence agencies. The inspector general for the intelligence community found the five classified emails out of a sample of 40 from the 30,000 emails Clinton gave to the State Department.
But perhaps the most troubling element in the McClatchy story is the assertion that “the State Department so far has refused to grant the intelligence-community inspector general access to the entire batch of emails on jurisdictional grounds.”
A State Department spokesperson called the line “untrue,” adding,
#Venezuela. Eloge de l'inobjectivité -- #JeanORTIZ
Les chroniques Latines de Jean Ortiz portent un regard loin des clichés sur les luttes de libération du continent sud-américains... Toujours un oeil vif sur l'Espagne et les enjeux sous-jacents du quotidien... Mes positionnements sur le Venezuela me valent les propos agressifs répétés d'abonnés au marquage à la culotte, qui prennent sans doute (...)
Inside the Effort to Kill the #Iran Deal - The Nation
In response to the successful conclusion of the P5+1 talks in Vienna, the Israeli government, leading members of the congressional “war party” and an influential claque of neoconservative journalists have joined forces, working overtime to torpedo the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) n...
People Will Remember #Shell #Oil As a Symbol of Planet-Destroying Greed #environment
Shell Oil’s icebreaker Fennica is apparently on its way to the Arctic from the Pacific Northwest, ending a dramatic week-long siege that saw activists dangle from bridges and blockade the Portland harbor with kayaks, and a federal court threaten environmentalists with heavy fines.
The #US Aids and Abets #WarCrimes in the #Philippines - #USA - CommonDreams.org
After Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush declared the Philippines a second front in the war on terror (“Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines”). The Philippine government used this as an opportunity to escalate its war against Muslim separatists and other individuals and organizations opposing the policies of the government. The egregious human rights violations committed by the Philippine military and paramilitary forces are some of the most underreported atrocities in the media today.
The International Peoples’ Tribunal on Crimes Against the Filipino People, held July 16-18 in Washington, D.C., drew upward of 300 people. An international panel of seven jurors heard two days of testimony from 32 witnesses, many of whom had been tortured, arbitrarily detained and forcibly evicted from their land. Some testified to being present when their loved ones, including children, were gunned down by the Philippine military or paramilitary. I testified as an expert witness on international human rights violations in the Philippines, many of which were aided and abetted by the U.S. government.
Thirty-one-year-old Melissa Roxas was a community health adviser who went to the Philippines in 2009 to conduct health surveys in central Luzon, where people were dying from cholera and diarrhea. In May of that year, 15 men in civilian clothes with high-powered rifles and wearing bonnets and ski masks forced her into a van and handcuffed and blindfolded
GOP Mega-Donor #SheldonAdelson Recruits NBA To Fight #israel #Boycott Movement #Desperateisraelwifes
MINNEAPOLIS — A delegation of eight professional basketball players visited Israel earlier this month. Yet this was no simple sightseeing visit: Multiple reports suggest the trip was part of a renewed, multimillion dollar effort to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
Organized by Omri Casspi, an Israeli player for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the first reports appeared on JNS.org, a global Jewish news service, which claimed the trip was sponsored by “a foundation [Omri] Casspi has formed, which seeks to fight anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement initiatives.” Casspi, along with eight teammates, flew aboard a private jet on a tour of his home country. Later, Casspi insisted the trip was “nothing about politics,” forcing JNS.org to add a correction to the story.
Counting the Cost - #Gold, #oil and #copper: Is the #commodity boom over? - Al Jazeera 28 mn #MatièresPremières
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China's stock market crash was big news. But lost in the headlines was the commodities rout. Everything from copper to oil, cotton to sugar has been hit. And unlike stock markets, commodities have an impact on everyday lives. From farmers to miners to consumers to governments, lower prices mean less money and fewer jobs. Gold is often seen as a store of wealth in uncertain times. But right now, gold has tumbled below $1,100 an ounce to a five-year low. So what is behind the fall?
#Venezuela : Le crime se prépare -- #JeanORTIZ #CommeAuChili
Le crime se prépare, comme en 1973 au Chili de l'Unité Populaire. La campagne de discrédit, de déstabilisation, contre Caracas, s'accélère avec le déchaînement, l'activisme, des vraies droites, des fausses gauches, et des médias « libres » internationaux. Pour le chef d'orchestre, les Etats-Unis, il faut reprendre la main en Amérique latine, notamment (...)
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Ajoutée le 1 août 2015
Since the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State began last August, Washington has spent more than 2.7-billion dollars. But despite the figure and an estimated 10,000 terrorists killed - America's intelligence agencies admit the jihadist group is not weakening. Not long ago, President Barack Obama was bullish about the effectiveness of airstrikes.
With #BernieSanders People in #Vermont #WhatYouSeeIsWhatYouGet #USA #elections - The Nation
Brattleboro—There were three separate Bernie Sanders events here last night—one downtown, with neat rows of folding chairs where you could watch his online speech on a big screen in the company of local worthies, and where they had bumper stickers, buttons, and window signs available for a small...
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Is the most precious thing in your life worth more than a poverty wage? Activists are pushing for a $15 hourly base wage for preschool teachers and childcare workers. Many are currently college grads earning poverty wages, which have basically stagnated for nearly twenty years.
Washington, DC (TFC) – Anytime conversation turns to the mistreatment of the Palestinian people, a few statements are certain to be said in Israel’s defense. Some of them are heard so often that many accept them as truth without thinking about the reality behind them. How much truth is there to those statements?
“Israel is America’s strongest ally.”: Israel was created in 1948. In 1950, the Korean War broke out. Israel sent no troops. During the Vietnam War, they committed no troops. The first Gulf War? They committed no troops, though this may have been strategic. Afghanistan? None. Second Gulf War? None.
Although the country has never actually allied with the United States during a war, it has been caught spying on the US repeatedly and was listed as the top espionage threat by the National Security Agency. Israel also attacked a US Navy ship while it s
The Spirit of #JudyMiller is Alive and Well at the @NYTimes, and It Does Great Damage - by #GlennGreenwald #media #bias
One of the very few Iraq War advocates to pay any price at all was former New York Times reporter Judy Miller, the classic scapegoat. But what was her defining sin? She granted anonymity to government officials and then uncritically laundered their dubious claims in the New York Times. As the paper’s own editors put it in their 2004 mea culpa about the role they played in selling the war: “We have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged.” As a result, its own handbook adopted in the wake of that historic journalistic debacle states that “anonymity is a last resort.”
But 12 years after Miller left, you can pick up that same paper on any given day and the chances are high that you will find reporters doing exactly the same thing. In fact, its public editor, Margaret Sullivan, regularly lambasts the paper for doing so. Granting anonymity to government officials and then uncritically printing what these anonymous officials claim, treating it all as Truth, is not an aberration for the New York Times. With some exceptions among good NYT reporters, it’s an institutional staple for how the paper functions, even a decade after its editors scapegoated Judy Miller for its Iraq War propaganda and excoriated itself for these precise methods.
That the New York Times mindlessly disseminates claims from anonymous officials with great regularity is, at this point, too well-documented to require much discussion. But it is worth observing how damaging it continues to be, because, shockingly, all sorts of self-identified “journalists” — both within the paper
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