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To politely suggest to the Nursery that they shouldn't be using Nestle products?

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zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:03:02

DD's otherwise excellent nursery serves some nestle branded cereals. This doesn't sit well with me as I don't think a place that cares for children should support Nestle. I imagine it just hasn't crossed their minds but it does bug me that her fess are used to buy products from Nestle. WIBU to take in some baby milk action stuff and make a suggestion they switch products? Yes I know they are are bigger things to worry about but I do believe if a nestle boycott is worth doing, then it is worth doing right.

needtogetalife Wed 19-Oct-11 10:06:12

sorry but I have no idea why nestle are so bad

GypsyMoth Wed 19-Oct-11 10:06:18

Er, no!

GypsyMoth Wed 19-Oct-11 10:06:48

You can't force your own personal beliefs on others!!

Seona1973 Wed 19-Oct-11 10:08:06

I wouldnt either

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Wed 19-Oct-11 10:09:26

Not something I would do.

zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:10:04

That's the thing - I don't see it as a personal belief really - I think most people who are made aware of Nestle's actions in the developing world and care about children would err on the side of boycotting them. So I am proposing to share the information e.g. baby milk action site with them and leave them to make their own decision - I'm not about to throw a strop over it.

GalaxyWeaver Wed 19-Oct-11 10:10:16

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InterferingSister Wed 19-Oct-11 10:10:20

YABU. If you were a vegan would you suggest that they stopped serving meat and other animal products too?

InterferingSister Wed 19-Oct-11 10:10:55

I do know about Nestle, I choose not to boycott them. I'm not evil or anything confused

AMumInScotland Wed 19-Oct-11 10:11:34

By all means take in some info and explain why you personally dislike Nestle. But I don't think you can expect an organisation to share all of your personal views, or do things exactly how you would choose to do them.

You're likely to get a very blank look from someone who just isn't that bothered, but if you feel strongly enough about it that you want to educate them then give it a go. Politely and calmly of course!

Personally I dont see that the "boycott" of Nestle goods has made the faintest bit of difference, since it was already going strong when I had DS and he'll be 18 soon. And I think it just makes people feel they are doing something while distracting them from taking more powerful action. But it's your shout.

blackoutthesun Wed 19-Oct-11 10:11:56


SausageGoulsAndFruitSpooks Wed 19-Oct-11 10:12:06

It's worth a try, they can always say No.

I was talking to a member of staff at my sons' nursery & the Nestle boycott came up in conversation. She went home and researched it then told her manager all about it.

A week later they had changed all their Nestle cereal etc to other brands.

GypsyMoth Wed 19-Oct-11 10:13:19

I don't boycott nestle either.

gushofbloodtothefloor Wed 19-Oct-11 10:13:58

I think the very most you could do would be to supply them with some leaflets about the damage Nestle does. Many people genuinely don't know. But you can't insist on anything, they (the nursery) make their own choices based on a number of factors - cost and preference may come higher up their criteria than ethics.

Arachnophobic Wed 19-Oct-11 10:14:38

If you are going to do that you may as well tell them to ensure staff don't wear Primark, and that nobody wears fake uggs from China.

I could go on.


zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:14:39

Interferingsister - well we are vegetarian and I have not asked them to stop serving meat as I do see that a personal belief. But I see little babies dying in the developing world because of the selfish actions of a multinational as more of a world issue, less of a personal belief. And I am their customer and they are a business - so i do feel I have I a voice here.

Can I reframe the question for interest? suppose they did not recycle - WIBU to ask that they did as this is a more commonplace thing? Just wondering what ppl do consider appropriate....

zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:17:28

sausageghouls - thanks that is very interesting!
Arachnaphobic - I think my point is as Nestle's crimes are very specific to children and that perfectly good alternatives are available I don;t see why they need to use them. Interfering with what individual members of staff wear is hardly the same thing - I don't think your comparison stands.

screamingbohemian Wed 19-Oct-11 10:18:42

I don't think it's appropriate. Another parent might object to something else they use, if everyone brought their personal politics into the space the nursery would have a tough time of it.

Virtually everything we buy and use has some dodgy angle to it. Your mobile, for example, contains coltan, a conflict mineral that has generated the deaths and rapes of hundreds of thousands of Congolese.

There are still a lot of other avenues you could pursue to do awareness raising. The nursery is a professional space really.

AKMD Wed 19-Oct-11 10:20:52

If you want to take in the info then that's up to you. I wouldn't personally.

zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:21:07

screamingbohemian - You are right. However I don't think that's an excuse to just accept the actions of multinationals and I'm trying to argue that this is avery specific case as Nestle has specifically harmed child nutrition which the nursery professes to support. So I think it might be a lack of education issue. Yes it's a professional space - of which I am customer, hence why I feel I have a voice.

FunnyHaHaPeculiar Wed 19-Oct-11 10:22:37

you are being daft. Just because you have certain views, doesnt mean everyone should follow them.

If I were nursery staff, I would say thanks for the comments, but mind your own. If you want 100% control over your kid, look after it yourself 100%.

zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:22:54

Just seen it is nestlefree week on 31st of Oct, that could be an opportune time.

NotJustClassic Wed 19-Oct-11 10:23:17

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zimm Wed 19-Oct-11 10:24:44

Guys - I am interested that you all feel this is none of business as I am sure you do not hesitate to give feedback to your childcare providers when you feel it is needed. Why is my 'political' (although i don;t think infant death is political) objection less valid than say complaining about lost socks or whatever else ppl complain about..

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