Has anyone from Nestlé seen the film 'Tigers'?
Is this film based on your infant formula marketing activities in Pakistan?
The events depicted in the film, which is set in the 1990s, seriously misrepresent the facts about our activities.
They appear to be based on highly questionable allegations made in a report called Milking the Profits, published in 1999. The allegations in this report, and the events in the film, are not at all consistent with our policy and practices on the responsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes, to which we are fully committed everywhere in the world.
In Pakistan at that time, we were voluntarily following our policy for the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (known as the 'WHO Code'), long before it was adopted by the country’s government in 2002.
An independent third-party audit of our activities in Pakistan, which covered the period from January-December 1999, found that the WHO Code was embedded at every level of our operations and culture.
We have been independently recognised as having the most robust systems in place when it comes to the responsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes. We firmly believe that breastmilk is the best nutrition for infants and actively support the promotion of breastfeeding worldwide.
But isn’t the lead character based on a former Nestlé employee?
We’re aware that people with an interest in this film have claimed that the lead character is based on a former employee who worked for Nestlé in Pakistan in the 1990s.
The employee in question left the company voluntarily in 1997. At no time during his employment did he inform us of any concerns he may have had about our infant formula marketing practices in Pakistan. It was only after he began a lengthy dispute about the final payment he received that he made these allegations.
We encourage people to report any concerns they may have about our infant formula marketing practices. This includes our employees, external organisations and members of the public. We thoroughly investigate all concerns and promptly address any instances of non-compliance.
Did you investigate these allegations at the time?
Yes, we thoroughly investigated all these allegations and collected substantial evidence to show they were a serious misrepresentation of the facts.
Are you going to take legal action against the film's producers?
No. Instead we’ll continue to openly discuss the facts about our policy and practices on the responsible marketing of breast milk substitutes with all interested stakeholders.
We’re committed to transparently reporting on our breast milk substitutes marketing activities and we make this information publicly available on our website.
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