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How the Globe Feels About the Good Life: The Effect of Nestle and Globalization on the Environment

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Skye Fenton

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Transcript of How the Globe Feels About the Good Life: The Effect of Nestle and Globalization on the Environment

How the Globe Feels About the Good Life:
The Effect of Nestle and Globalization on the Environment

Good Food, Good Life, but what about the Environment?
Now what?
Swiss Multinational Corporation
Makes nutritional snack foods and health-related consumer goods
Largest food company in world measured by revenues
Formed in 1905
Grew significantly during WWI and WWII
450 factories in 86 countries
Market capitalization of $200 billion dollars
Effect of Nestle's Globalization on the Environment
Although globalization has created a fight against climate change, which is illustrated by Nestle leading the way for multinational corporations in green initiatives and policies, globalization has had a greater negative effect on the environment, as seen through Nestle's pollution and abuse of resources.
Nestle's Green Initiatives
and Policies
Nestle is working with their farmers in different countries to help them become more resilient to climate change.
In Venezuela, Nestle claims to help shade livestock, control soil erosion, and preserve water on their farms ("Climate Change")
Nestle is becoming more environmentally sustainable, which is significant because it demonstrates how globalized companies are adapting to climate change.
Nestle claims to be committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, or GHG emissions, associated with the production and distribution of product. They are trying to improve energy efficiency with cleaner fuels. This is all included in Nestle's 2012 Carbon Disclosure Project ("Climate Change").

They look to reduce GHG emissions by 35% for every ton of product made by 2020 and reduce water use by 40% across the brands Perrier, Nescafe, and Purina ("Nestle Sets Out").
Nestle's progress and goals suggest that globalization is encouraging
companies to make policies to combat climate
change and better the environment by preserving
resources and limiting pollution.
This exemplifies globalization's positive impact on climate change, because Nestle is leading the way towards cleaner product production around the world.
(Nestle, CSV)
By Skye Fenton
Nestle's Pollution
The environmental organization known as Friends of Earth, or FOE,
has research showing that Nestle and five other multinational food and product distributors breached pollution limits 2,152 times over one year in 830 different locations in Britain ("Illegal Water Pollution Rife")
Nestle's pollution is significant in that it demonstrates how
globalization can cause deterioration of the environment
when profit-obsessed corporations with widespread
production facilities do not deal with their waste properly.
Nestle is one of 33 multinational companies who was discovered to be a major contributor to water pollution in China. It was coming from their many water bottle manufacturing plants.
Ma Jun, the Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs blames Nestle's pursuit of profits and abuse of China's weak public supervision ("Pepsi and Nestle Backlisted").
This exemplifies how globalization leads to companies such
as Nestle that take advantage of their freedom over national
borders and governments to cheaply get rid of pollutants in a way
dangerous to the environment.
A 2006 report by the Container Recycling Institute which is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing recovery and recycling of beverage containers and San Francisco-based nonprofit As You Sow which aims to promote corporate accountability, grades America’s top beverage companies on their efforts to use recycled content, increase recovery and recycling, and reduce the amount of material used in beverage containers. Nestlé Waters earned F’s in every area surveyed ( Nestle).
Nestle's failure to recycle even with all the money and facilities Nestle has available to use for such purpose suggests that globalization creates a focus on profit and a situation in which companies easily pollute.
Nestle's Abuse of Resources
Corporate Watch reported that “Nestlé production of mineral water involves the abuse of vulnerable water resources. In the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil, home to the “circuit of waters” park whose groundwater has a high mineral content and medicinal properties, over-pumping has resulted in depletion and long-term damage" ("Nestle CEO").
Nestle's over-use and abuse of water resources around the world is an important effect of globalization's creation of multinational corporations that have negative effect on climate change.
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Nestle's abuse of water resources in Pakistan as well as Brazil and failure to take responsibility for the results are significant in that they exemplify globalization's widespread threat to the environment.
Nestle also abuses rainforest resources including palm oil, leading to deforestation, again proving globalization's deteriorating effect on climate change and the environment through world wide companies.
Have A Break?
Nestle Fights Off Criticism
Citizens can always speak out against these companies and their negative effect on the environment. Without customers, these companies have no power. They will have to become "greener," just like Nestle is attempting to do to appeal to environmentalists. Go to http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/kitkat/ to become a member of Greenpeace, to join Greenpeace, become more informed on how globalization is taking a toll on the environment, and get involved in the fight.

On a government level, many countries could attempt through international treaties to negotiate a limit to emissions of certain pollutants. They could also create an emissions tax; the more the corporations pollute, the more they have to pay.
Of coarse, always recycle and never litter products bought from these multinational corporations such as Nestle to increase individual positive effect on climate change.
Globalization is good for spreading many good things, such as vaccinations, but also many bad things, such as climate change. The ideas and actions mentioned above can help to eliminate this negative attribute of globalization that stems from multinational corporations such as Nestle.
Go local! Supporting local businesses and farmers markets not only takes business away from multinational corporations, but it helps promote more environmentally friendly operations. Go to http://www.sustainablesouthshore.org/ to learn more.
Process of international integration arising from
the interchange of world views, products, ideas,
and other aspects of culture
Major factors: Advances in transportation and
telecommunication infrastructure (including Internet)
Multinational Corporation: large company that produces and sells goods and/or services in various countries; major component of globalization because they spread and relate different cultures.
Globalization has led to a campaign against climate change,
exemplified by Nestle's environmental initiatives and policies.
Globalization has been more harmful than helpful to the
environment, seen through Nestle's pollution.
Nestle's abuse of resources proves how globalization has negatively effected the environment.
Nestle's effort to improve its environmental impact shows how globalization has led to multinational organizations that are starting to recognize and fight climate change.
Nestle's pollution is one example of how globalization's international companies have been harmful to the environment.
Climate change is worsened b
y transnational corporations
that are fueled by globalization, exemplified by Nestle's
abuse of resources.
Images Websites
Works Cited
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"Climate Change." Nestle.com. Nestle. Web. 10 June 2013.
GreenpeaceUK. “Have a Break?” 17 Mar. 2010. Online video clip. Youtube.com. Web. 9 June 2013.
"Illegal Water Pollution Rife." Foe.co.uk. Friends of the Earth, 16 Sept. 1997. Web. 11 June 2013.
"Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized."
Nestle, CSV. “Environmental and Water Management in Bugalagrande, Colombia.” 13 Sept. 2011. Online video clip. Youtube.com. Web. 8 June 2013.
Trueactivist.com. True Activist, 26 Apr. 2013. Web. 10 June 2013.
"Nestle (owner of Libby's Pumpkin)." Greenamerica.org. Green America. Web. 11 June 2013.
"Nestle Sets Out 2020 Sustainability Goals." Rtcc.org. Responding to Climate Change, 14 Mar. 2013. Web. 9 June 2013.
"Pepsi and Nestle Backlisted for Water Pollution in China." Polarisinstitute.org. Polaris Institute, 28 Oct. 2006. Web. 11 June 2013.
Swissinfovideos. “Nestle Fights Off Criticism.” 27 Jan. 2012. Online Video Clip. Youtube.com. Web. 9 June 2013.
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