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
The #Clinton Foundation Received Millions From State-Brokered Defense Contracts - #mafia #corruption
Andrew Perez, International Business Times, says Clinton-led State Department authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in sales for defense contractors.
#bam ! #WikiLeaks Releases 500K #US Cables from 1978 on #Iran, #Sandinistas, #Afghanistan, #israel & More
http://democracynow.org - On Wednesday, WikiLeaks added more than half a million U.S. diplomatic cables from 1978 to its Public Library of US Diplomacy database. The documents include diplomatic cables and other diplomatic communications from and to U.S. embassies and missions in nearly every country. "1978 actually set in progress many of the geopolitical elements that are playing out today," Assange said. "1978 was the beginning of the Iranian revolution … the Sandinista movement started in its popular form … the war period in Afghanistan began in 1978 and hasn’t stopped since."
Family Affair: New #UK government same old faces - #ALaPoubelleLesCastes #Garbage
The Queen has just opened the UK's Parliament in a tradition dating back centuries. Although the recent election injected some new blood, there are plenty of old faces, making today's event something of a family affair. That's because this year, some members of Parliament are literally from the same house, as RT's Laura Smith has been finding out.
New Report: #Clinton Foundation Donors Got #Weapons From #Hillary's State Department - accumulating conflicts of interests !
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has another damaging report on her hands.
A new report by David Sirota and Andrew Perez at the International Business Times details how Clinton Foundation donors received weapons deals from Hillary Clinton's State Department. The IBT analysis shows that Clinton's State Department sold $165 billion worth of commercial arms to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation. The investigation also identifies $151 billion in separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 countries that donated money to the Clinton Foundation.
The story points out that, "under federal law, foreign governments seeking State Department clearance to buy American-made arms are barred from making campaign contributions -- a prohibition aimed at preventing foreign interests from using cash to influence national security policy." However, "nothing prevents them from contributing to a philanthropic foundation controlled by policymakers."
The IBT story comes after months of media criticism regarding the Clinton Foundation's donor list and its potential connection to the uproar over Clinton's "email scandal." The reporting introduces an additional layer of complexity to accumulating conflicts of interests. You can read the report here.
#ElizabethWarren & Economist #ThomasPikkety discuss economic equality on HuffPost Live - 10 mn YouTube
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http://democracynow.org -Five of the world’s top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot market. UBS pleaded guilty for its role in manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. No individual bank employees were hit with criminal charges as part of the settlements. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine.
#bam ! The Kill List: #ICWatch Uses #LinkedIn Account Info to Out Officials Who Aided #US Assassination Program
WikiLeaks has begun hosting a new database called ICWatch, built by Transparency Toolkit. The site includes a searchable database of 27,000 LinkedIn profiles of people in the intelligence community. Organizers say the aim of the site is to "watch the watchers." WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks about how the database could be used to help identify individuals connected to the U.S. kill list, formally known as the Joint Prioritized Effects List, or JPEL. |
#JulianAssange on the #TPP: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control - #TTIP #FinancialDictature
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http://democracynow.org - As negotiations continue, WikiLeaks has published leaked chapters of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership — a global trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries. The TPP would cover 40 percent of the global economy, but details have been concealed from the public. A recently disclosed "Investment Chapter" highlights the intent of U.S.-led negotiators to create a tribunal where corporations can sue governments if their laws interfere with a company’s claimed future profits. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warns the plan could chill the adoption of health and environmental regulations.
Over with #Uber: Customers unhappy with driving service - 4:05 YouTube
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Drivers and customers ranging from London and Milan to the US are growing frustrated with transportation and travel application Uber. Boom Bust’s Erin Ade speaks with Anya Parampil about why people are no longer in love with the Uber service.
Bill Clinton was paid for "consulting" through a secret shell company during his wife's time as secretary of state, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. WJC, LLC has no financial assets, so Bill Clinton's private office and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign said they were not obligated to report its existence in recent financial disclosures. The only things that had to be disclosed about Bill Clinton's consulting work during Hillary's time in Foggy Bottom were who paid him and if it was more than $1,000—but not exact figures. "Little is known about the exact nature and financial worth of Bill Clinton's non-speech business interests," the AP notes.
#NSA protesters secretly recording, publishing your conversations - #surveillance #activism
Creators of the website, http://www.wearealwayslistening.com, are secretly recording New Yorkers' conversations, then publishing them to their site, as a way to draw attention to just how invasive NSA spying is. They recently spoke with Wired Magazine about their project and why they are doing exactly what they hate about the NSA. The Resident discusses. Follow The Resident at http://www.twitter.com/TheResident
Manifestantes exigen a #Nestlé que deje de embotellar el agua de #California - 4:22 #BoycottNestlé #environment
La gran escasez de agua que afecta a California, EE.UU., ha empujado a cientos de ciudadanos a protestar frente a la planta de Nestlé para pedir que la multinacional deje de embotellar el preciado líquido en ese estado.
#MattTaibbi on Baltimore, Freddie Gray and How #US Legal System Covers Up #Police Violence - 10 mn
http://democracynow.org - New cellphone video sheds light on Freddie Gray’s fatal journey in a Baltimore police van. The footage obtained by The Baltimore Sun shows Gray lying motionless as several police officers shackle his ankles and load him into the vehicle. It appears to contradict earlier police claims that Gray was "irate" and "combative." One of the officers, Lt. Brian Rice, reportedly threatened to use his Taser on the eyewitness who was filming. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, whose latest article for Rolling Stone is "Why Baltimore Blew Up." He writes, "Instead of using the incident to talk about a campaign of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of illegal searches and arrests across decades of discriminatory policing policies, the debate revolved around whether or not the teenagers who set fire to two West Baltimore CVS stores after Gray’s death were “thugs,” or merely wrongheaded criminals." ||| Visit http://democracynow.org to watch the full daily news program, read the transcript, or search our vast online archive. Livestream weekdays 8-9am ET. Follow Democracy Now! on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google+ and Pinterest.
#Suicide Rate for Black Children Doubles #USA - The New York Times
Researchers were shocked to find that suicide rates among black children between ages 5 to 11 have almost doubled in 25 years, while the rate for white kids has plummeted. A new study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found for the first time a higher suicide rate for blacks than for whites. “I was shocked, I’ll be honest with you,” said Jeffrey Bridge, at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. “I looked at it and I thought, ‘Did we do the analysis correctly?’ I thought we had made a mistake.” The jump is thought to be related to violence and traumatic stress and early-onset puberty.
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