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
Jimmy Carter: #Slavery in #USA is worse now than in 1700s : Information Clearing House - ICH
By CNBC Staff
Human slavery is not just a major issue in developing countries, but is a serious problem in the U.S. and is more prolific now than during the 18th and 19th century, former President Jimmy Carter has told Tania Bryer, host of "CNBC Meets."
Carter said 200-300 girls are sold into sexual slavery every month in his home state Georgia, and many living in advanced economies are completely unaware of the abuse happening to young women close to home.
Referring to facts in his most recent book, "A Call to Action, Women, Religion, Violence and Power," Carter describes the abuse of women around the world as "the worst, unaddressed issue that the world faces today."
"And those of us in the more advanced countries don't know much about horrible abuse of girls whose genitals are mutilated when they're very young, children who are killed because a girl is raped by strangers and her family kills her to protect their own na...
#Wikileaks Cable 09.20.1973 about plot against #Bourguiba, pres of #Tunisia by King Hussein of #Jordan
DURING CONVERSATION WITH HABIB BOURGUIBA, JR. SEPT. 19, LATTER INFORMED ME "ON CONFIDENTIAL BASIS" THAT TUNISIANS IN POSSESSION OF REPORT THAT KING HUSSEIN HAS ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS TO HIS SUBORDINATES TO ARRANGE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA. TUNISIAN REPORT COMES FROM LONDON WHERE KING HUSSEIN IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE MET WITH GROUP OF JORDANIANS WHO ARE STRONGLY PRO-HASHIMITE. ACCORDING TO BOURGUIBA, JR., THIS REPORT WAS REASON THAT PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA TALKED OF HIS POSSIBLE DEATH IN COMMENTS TO PRESS TWO WEEKS BEFORE HE LEFT FOR ALGIERS. 2. BOURGUIBA, JR. SAID THAT YASSIR ARAFAT, WHOM PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA SAW WHEN HE WAS VISITING QADHAFI IN TRIPOLI, "CONFIRMED" ACCURACY OF TUNISIAN INTELLIGENCE REPORT. ARAFAT CLAIMED THAT HE HAD SENT WORD TO JORDANIANS THAT IF BOURGUIBA WERE KNOCKED OFF, FEDAYEEN WOULD RE- SECRET
VIDEO: Louisiana Rape Victims Being Billed For Hospital Visits Following Their Assault
In Louisiana, victims of sex crimes often are billed for forensic medical exams and related care even though state and federal guidelines require many of these services be provided at no cost to the victim.
#HongKong US Now Admits it is Funding "Occupy Central" (as they do for Arab Springs)
October 1, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Just as the US admitted shortly after the so-called "Arab Spring" began spreading chaos across the Middle East that it had fully funded, trained, and equipped both mob leaders and heavily armed terrorists years in advance, it is now admitted that the US State Department through a myriad of organizations and NGOs is behind the so-called "Occupy Central" protests in Hong Kong.
The Washington Post would report in an article titled, "Hong Kong erupts even as China tightens screws on civil society," that:
Chinese leaders unnerved by protests elsewhere this year have been steadily tightening controls over civic organizations on the mainland suspected of carrying out the work of foreign powers.
The campaign aims to insulate China from subversive Western ideas such as democracy and freedom of expression, and from the influence, specifically, of U.S. groups that may be trying to promote those values here, experts say. That campaign is long-standing, but it has been prosecuted with renewed vigor under President Xi Jinping, especially after the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych following months of street demonstrations in Kiev that were viewed here as explicitly backed by the West.
The Washington Post would also report (emphasis added):
One foreign policy expert, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject, said Putin had called Xi to share his concern about the West’s role in Ukraine. Those concerns appear to have filtered down into conversations held over cups of tea in China, according to civil society group members.
“They are very concerned about Color Revolutions, they are very concerned about what is going on in Ukraine,” said the international NGO manager, whose organization is partly financed by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), blamed here for supporting the protests in Kiev’s central Maidan square. “They say, ‘Your money is coming from the same people. Clearly you want to overthrow China.’ ”
Congressionally funded with the explicit goal of promoting democracy abroad, NED has long been viewed with suspicion or hostility by the authorities here. But the net of suspicion has widened to encompass such U.S. groups as the Ford Foundation, the International Republican Institute, the Carter Center and the Asia Foundation.
Of course, NED and its many subsidiaries including the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute do no such thing as "promoting democracy," and instead are in the business of constructing a global network of neo-imperial administration termed "civil society" that interlocks with the West's many so-called "international institutions" which in turn are completely controlled by interests in Washington, upon Wall Street, and in the cities of London and Brussels.
The Bomb in the Brain - The Effects of Child Abuse : Information Clearing House - ICH
An interview with Dr. Felitti, the director of the Adverse Childhood Experiences project. The ACE Study is an ongoing collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.
LAPD Cops Are Disabling Their Own Recorders. Not Just a Few Cops Either, Half Of Them!
The Los Angeles Police Commission is investigating how half of the recording antennas in the Southeast Division went missing, seemingly as a way to evade new self-monitoring procedures that the Los Angeles Police Department imposed last year.
New Film Honors #Nestlé #Whistleblower Who Exposed Corporate Deception
In the late seventies, baby formula salesman Syed Aamir Raza, who was from Pakistan, blew the whistle on international food behemoth Nestlé for practices which, he had discovered, were causing the deaths of potentially hundreds of thousands of infants born in developing countries. Raza's story has now been memorialized in a new feature film titled Tigers, which opens at the Zurich Film Festival on Wednesday and had its world premiere last month at the Toronto Film Festival.