The film Tigers seriously misrepresents the facts about Nestlé’s infant formula marketing activities in Pakistan, using questionable allegations made in a 1999 report called Milking Profits, by one former employee.
This person worked for Nestlé in Pakistan in the 1990s, and left us voluntarily in 1997. At no time during his employment did he inform us of any concerns about our infant formula marketing practices. It was only after he began a lengthy dispute about the final payment he received that he made these allegations.
The report’s allegations and the events in the film – which is set in the 1990s – are not consistent with our global policy and practices on the responsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes (BMS).
In Pakistan at that time, we voluntarily followed our policy on the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (pdf, 5Mb) (WHO Code), long before its adoption by the government in 2002. An independent third-party audit of our activities in Pakistan, covering the period from January-December 1999, found the WHO Code embedded at every level of our operations and culture.
Nestlé has won independent recognition for our robust systems on the responsible marketing of BMS. We firmly believe that breastmilk is the best nutrition for infants and actively support the promotion of breastfeeding worldwide.
We encourage people to report any concerns they may have about our infant formula marketing practices. This includes our employees, external organizations and the public. We investigate all concerns and address any instances of non-compliance.
Nestlé is committed to transparently reporting on our BMS marketing activities and we make this information available online.