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
#Clinton Hid Link to #Russia n Donors - #energy NYTimes
She OK'd uranium mining deal.
The Clinton Foundation was linked to the Russian atomic energy agency's 2013 acquisition of a company that controls one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the U.S., The New York Times reported Thursday. Russian agency Rosatom took over Canadian company Uranium One, making it one of the world's largest uranium producers in three transactions from 2009 to 2013. Hillary Clinton was among those who signed off on the deal while she was Secretary of State. Canadian records also revealed that during these transactions leaders of the Canadian company gave donations to the Clinton Foundation, including $2.35 million from the Uranium One chairman's family foundation. Those donations were not made public despite Hillary's agreement with the White House to identify all donors. Just after Russia announced its plan to acquire a stake in Uranium One, former President Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank linked to the Kremlin.
#US Pentagon Can't Account for $1 Billion in #Afghanistan Emergency Reconstruction Aid
A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can't be accounted for by the Defense Department. Sixty percent of all such spending was under an emergency program.
#THEquestion Why Does Money Flow Freely Across Borders but Refugees Die Trying?
Over the last couple of years, reports have flashed through the news cycles about hundreds of refugees drowning as they flee war and poverty, trying to reach Europe. This is a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions, yet it receives only periodic news coverage. Worse yet, the European Union is providing little more than lip service to prevent more refugees from dying; meet the needs of migrants; and address the postcolonial, neoliberal economic issues causing mass migration.
The Economist, hardly a bastion of progressivism, chastised the European Union on its generally indifferent response to the plight and deaths of the refugees. Its April 24 editorial, published after more than a thousand migrants drowned in the previous two weeks, stated:
The European Union likes to boast that it is a force for good. But in the past ten days as many as 1,200 boat people have drowned in the waters of the Mediterranean. An unknown number were refugees from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia fleeing war or persecution. They perished in part because the EU’s policy on asylum is a moral and political failure
#Diplomacy The #Kremlin's unexpected decisions - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East
Moscow’s current Middle East policy is characterized by, among other things, maintaining a strong focus on bilateral relations, striving to diversify or to develop relations with states that are at conflict and wishing to play a mediating role in conflict situations without claiming a monopoly or opposing other players, in particular the United Nations.
#USA #incredible 1.5 Million Black Men Are ‘Missing’ - NY Times
An analysis of U.S. Census data by the New York Times shows that about 1.5 million black men are "missing" from everyday life, due to a combination of disproportionate incarceration, early death, and overseas deployment. Only 83 of them are around for every 100 black women, compared to a 99 to 100 ratio among whites. The darkest finding, perhaps, is that this disparity is most pronounced in Ferguson, Missouri—where the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in August set off a nationwide conversation about police brutality. There, as many as 40 black men are missing there per 100 black women. North Charleston, the South Carolina city where a cop shot and killed another unarmed black man earlier this month, is missing a quarter of its black men.
A lesson from the @NYTimes on how to mislead with numbers #israel #Palestine #Gaza #media #bias
By Anna Flagg and Moiz Syed On July 31, 2014, the New York Times published an interactive article about the Israeli assault that was underway in Gaza. In an expertly designed data visualization, the Times guided us through its own version of events, which boils down to: Hamas started it, and Israel responded in self-defense. A common misconception about data journalism is that it’s somehow less biased than traditional print journalism, but Anna Flagg and Moiz Syed breakdown some ways that design can be misused to tell a slanted story. This New York Times article reminds us that design is just as much an editorial tool as it is a tool of aesthetics. Read in browser »
#TTIP : frictions au sein du camp démocrate aux #USA 1:34 Euronews - YouTube
L'accord de libre-échange entre les Etats-Unis et l'Union européenne (TTIP) cristallise les tensions de part et d'autre de l'Atlantique.
Après les protestations en Allemagne le week-end dernier, la neuvième session de négociations s'achève ce vendredi aux Etats-Unis dans un contexte de frictions dans le camp démocrate, forçant John Kerry à monter au créneau pour faire la promotion de l'accord.
▶ Gulf Coast victims yet to see money from #BP settlement, now suing lawyer - 6:51 #oil #USA - RT
A lawsuit has been filed against lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who was meant to secure settlement money and damages from BP for people who were negatively affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. RT’s Ben Swann speaks with Thao Vu from the Mississippi Coalition for Vietnamese-American Fisherfolk about the protests and the lawsuit to discover what people in the Gulf Coast region are hoping to gain.
#USA Koch Funding of Universities Shrouded in Secrecy
What are university administrators so afraid of disclosing?
In a recent column entitled "The Campus Climate Crusade," The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel spent over 800 words arguing the basic conceit of UnKochMyCampus, a campaign uniting students at universities around the country who are working to increase transparency on their campuses and fight attempts by corporate donors like Charles and David Koch from influencing their education.
Her core arguments? The left is wielding transparency as a "weapon," and efforts to access information through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are "shutting down debate across the country."
Unfortunately for Strassel, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Our work with UnKochMyCampus has shown us that transparency removes the smoke and mirrors that cloud the de
#USA #Police #racism ▶ DASHCAM VIDEO: Cop pursues, shoots black man armed with cellphone - YouTube
Newly released footage obtained by WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. shows a police officer pursuing and then shooting unarmed African American man Dontrell Stephens. Officer Adam Lin pulled up behind the young man in his patrol car, and within seconds fired several shots at Stephens, who was holding a cellphone. Lin was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Sex, Drugs, and Dead Soldiers: What #US #Africa Command Doesn’t Want You to Know
Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River.
The Conference on the #israel Lobby » Press Blackout at the #Press Club CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names by Ralph Nader
Following the heavy coverage of AIPAC’s (the virulently pro-Israeli government lobby) multi-day annual Washington convention in March, the mainstream media might have been interested for once in covering alternative viewpoints like those discussed at the April 10th conference “The Israel Lobby: Is it Good for the US? Is it Good for Israel?” (Israellobbyus.org). Fairness and balance in reporting should produce at least some coverage of such an event.
Organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, which was launched about thirty years ago by a British Army Officer who served in World War II and two retired U.S. Ambassadors to countries in the Middle East (wrmea.org), the day-long program at the prestigious National Press Club should have been intriguing to reporters. After all, are they not interested in important, taboo-challenging presentations on a critical dimension of U.S. foreign and military policy?
The presenters were much more newsworthy than most of the speakers at the AIPAC conv
▶#US #Drones Undone: Media eyes open after 2 Western hostages killed in #CIA op - 4:44 RT YouTube
The White House is under pressure to disclose the full details of events that led to the death of two Western hostages in a US drone strike on al-Qaeda in Pakistan. President Obama revealed that American and Italian captives were accidentally killed in the CIA operation. This is far from the first time civilians have become casualties of the War on Terror - Gayane Chichikyan looks at some of the stories that receive less media attention.
#scandalous ▶ #Clinton donations: Where were all those millions going? - 3:35 - RT YouTube
The Clinton Foundation raised more than $500 million in donations between 2009 and 2012, but only around 15 percent of that money went to actual charity work. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from New York with details on what critics have been saying about the Clinton family’s non-profit.
Cette fillette (non occidentale .. pas une raison pour s'en foutre.. ) a failli allonger la liste des plusieurs milliers de civils arabes tués par des drones #US (chaque matin, Obama signe personnellement les ordres d'attaque dans son bureau, il faut le savoir )
▶ Interview with Nabila, 9 year old survivor of a #drone strike • BRAVE NEW FILMS - 2:50
On October 24, 2012, a drone strike hit, injuring this then 8-year-old girl and killing her grandmother. WATCH UNMANNED: http://bit.ly/AmericasDroneWars SUBS...
VIDEO: #NoamChomsky Talks #NATO Global #Nuclear War With #Russia, #TPP & #Activism
An informational event was hosted by acTVism Munich at the Muffatwerk in Munich in which Noam Chomsky was interviewed about the significance and role of whistleblowers, alternative media, activism and a host of other related issues including NATO isolation of Russia and what secretive Trans Pacific...
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