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
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.
Chances Are the #FBI Has Files on Your Favorite #HumanRights #Activist »- Counterpunch
by BEN NORTON
Yale University American historian Beverly Gage was sifting through the US National Archives in the summer of 2014, doing research for a book on J. Edgar Hoover, when she came across a letter historians had been searching for for many a decade. Written from the perspective of an imaginary yet disappointed admirer of Martin Luther King, Jr., the missive encouraged the leading civil rights, anti-war, and socialist activist to kill himself.
“There is only one thing left for you to do,” the anonymous author warned, “before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” “You know what it is.”
For years, the existence of the letter had been known, yet it had only been released in drastically redacted form. When Dr. Gage stumbled across the letter, she only confirmed what everyone knew all along: This thinly disguised threat was penned by none other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Dr. King knew this the moment he opened the envelope, 50 years ago. Gage writes, “Despite its half-baked prose, self-conscious amateurism and other attempts at misdirection, King was certain...
La Justicia suiza anula la documentación bancaria entregada a Ruz sobre Bárcenas #Suisse #Spain
El Tribunal Federal admite el recurso de la defensa del extesorero del PP por error formal al no haberse dado audiencia a los implicadosEl proceso para volver a solicitar la autorización ralentizará el caso Gürtel en un momento en el que el juez avanzaba hacia la celebración del primer juicio
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...
These Companies Paid Their CEOs More Handsomely Than They Pay in Taxes
And adding insult to injury, there's hardly any transparency from public corporations on how much taxes they actually pay.
November 18, 2014 |
Of the 30 largest U.S. corporations, seven paid their CEO more last year than they paid Uncle Sam.
All seven—Boeing, Ford Motors, Chevron, Citigroup, Verizon, J.P. Morgan, and General Motors—had strong U.S. profits in 2013. And yet thanks to various tax credits, loopholes, and deductions, each reported getting more money back from the U.S. government than they paid in federal income taxes.
CEO pay at the seven firms ranged from $9.1 million for Daniel Ackerson at GM to $23.3 million for Jim McNerney at Boeing.
These figures are from a new report I co-authored by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government, the third in a series on corporations that paid their CEO more than they reported paying in federal income taxes.
As in years past, the corporate flacks have come out swinging, but in sort of a kindergarten wiffle ball style.
First, all of the companies proudly deny having broken any laws. We never accused them of criminality. The problem is that tax-dodging that should be criminal currently isn’t.
The second rebuttal tactic is to claim that the firm pays just oodles and oodles of taxes worldwide. But when asked to s...
VIDEO: 9/11 Terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui Claims Saudi Involvement
While CNN may echo the official government narrative of events, Moussaoui's claims coincide with various other pieces of evidence that point to Saudi involvement, and at the least, warrant further investigation into the claim.
There are virtues of the study. It shows that 80% of the victims of terrorism in the past year are Muslims living in just five countries– Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan. That is, by far the most numerous victims of terrorism are not Americans or Westerners but Muslims. Likewise terrorism is not very important in much of the world. In the UK a person is 166 times more likely to be the victim of criminal homicide than of terrorism. In the US, a person is 64 times more likely to be murdered than to be the victim of political terrorism.
Four groups, al-Qaeda, ISIL, the Taliban and Boko Haram, were responsible for the lion’s share of the deaths.
The study maintains that there were almost 18,000 deaths as a result of 10,000 terrorist attacks globally in 2013, saying that the number was up 61%.
Conceptually, though, I have to critique the study.
Most of these deaths attributed to terrorism are actually just signs of civil wars or regional rebellions. Syria and Iraq are having civil wars, and Afghanistan has a low-intens...
Justice Department Investigation Shows Rampant Fraud, #Corruption In US Military
"The schemes we see really run the gamut from relatively small bribes paid to somebody in Afghanistan to hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of contracts being steered in the direction of a favored company who's paying bribes."