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Communities demand bottling giant Nestle stop undermining local control of water

Company currently in disputes in Canada and six US states.

Communities demand bottling giant Nestle stop undermining local control of waterby Deborah Lapidus, Corporate Accountability International

April 28, 2009 — While Nestle executives put on a good show of the corporation's green and good neighbor initiatives in Switzerland, communities sent out an SOS from the corporation's headquarters for its bottling operations in North America. Yesterday, Think Outside the Bottle organizers and community leaders from near Nestle bottling sites delivered 10,000 messages in a bottle calling on Nestle to stop undermining local control of water.

We delivered these messages directly to executives at the Nestle Waters North America headquarters, speaking to CEO Kim Jeffrey about our concerns and demands. Nestle is currently involved in water bottling disputes with communities in at least six states and Canada. From outside the shareholders' meeting the picture is an unpleasant one for the bottling giant: Bottled water sales down.

In the last year Nestle's global bottled water sales declined by 1.6 percent thanks to the economy and mounting grassroots pressure for bottlers to change their practices...

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  Communities Demand Bottling Giant Nestle Stop Undermining Local Control of Water, by Deborah Lapidus, Corporate Accountability International, April 28, 2009

Posted: April 30, 2009

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