Legal action by Colombian trade union

Mar 6, 2012

Vevey, Switzerland

On 6 March 2012 it was announced that a Colombian trade union represented by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights was taking legal action against Nestlé linking us with the murder of a former employee.

We condemn any form of violence and reject any accusations that attempt to link Nestlé to violent acts.

We categorically reject the allegations of the plaintiffs and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and will mount a vigorous defence. The trade union has accused Nestlé of complicity in the murder of union officials in Colombia several times in the past but has never produced any evidence to support its claims. It has failed to win its legal actions against the company in courts in Colombia, in the USA and at the International Labour Organisation.

Luciano Romero was murdered in September 2005, three years after he stopped working for CICOLAC LTDA, a Nestlé milk processing operation in Valledupar, Colombia. At the time, violence in Colombia affected the whole country. It was a high-risk environment. Regrettably, trade union leaders were indeed threatened, kidnapped and murdered, and so were members of our local management team, other employees and their relatives.

For more information please email Corporate Communications on mediarelations@nestle.com or call +41 21 924 2200.