NGOs criticise Nestlé's human rights impact assessment, say it overlooks right to water

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Company response
8 January 2014

Response by Nestlé: NGOs criticise Nestlé's human rights impact assessment.

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Company response
7 January 2014

Nestlé & Danish Institute for Human Rights joint response

Author: Nestlé & Danish Institute for Human Rights

[We invited Nestlé to respond to an NGO statement criticising its human rights impact assessment undertaken with Danish Institute for Human Rights. Joint response by Nestlé and Danish Institute for Human Rights provided]. We read with interest the joint statement from Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch and Public Services International. We found that many of the observations in this statement are in stark contrast to the responses we have received from other stakeholders who have recognized Talking the Human Rights Walk as a step forward in the field of business and human rights...[W]e view [the report] as a tool that will help us to engage in more in-depth discussions with a broad range of individuals and organizations that are willing to contribute to the ongoing debate around HRIAs...We acknowledge that the methodology for the facilitated HRIAs is not yet perfect; it is work in progress, and Nestlé and DIHR are jointly improving their practice in this emerging field. We welcome all feedback on Talking the Human Rights Walk and encourage other stakeholders to send us their thoughts on this document...Regarding the specific issues raised in the joint statement, please see [the full response at the link above.]

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Article
19 December 2013

Organizations denounce Nestlé’s new human rights impact assessment as a public relations stunt

Author: Blue Planet Project, FIVAS, Food & Water Watch, and Public Services International

Nestlé’s new human rights assessment, launched at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last week, is full of holes say labour and civil society organizations...Nestlé’s “Creating Shared Value” program is touted in the report as a strategy to address the needs of impacted communities, yet...there are significant discrepancies between Nestlé’s so-called values and its actual practice...The parameters for the assessment were set by Nestlé and involved a limited set of criteria that overlooked key areas including the human right to water...[In a] village in Pakistan...local leaders and members of the community have accused Nestlé of draining groundwater resources to produce its Pure Life bottled water...[I]n 2009 a number of labour and human rights organizations launched a campaign demanding that Nestlé be expelled from the UN Global Compact for trade-union busting and child labour in Colombia...The organizations also denounce the growing role of Nestlé in shaping public policy through its involvement in multi-stakeholder bodies...“Given the selective focus, limited scope and glaring omissions, the report cannot be seen as anything more than the company’s latest public relations stunt,” says Jorgen Magdahl of the Norwegian NGO FIVAS.

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