Activists 'drop in' on Nestlé shareholder meeting

Feature Story - 16 April, 2010
Greenpeace activists dropped from the ceiling and unfurled two large banners directly over the heads of Nestlé shareholders today. They were at the multinational’s annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Their aim: to get shareholders to use their influence over the global food giant and stop it profiting from rainforest destruction.

A Greenpeace banner at Nestlé's AGM that says 'Nestlé, give the Orang-utans a break'.

Earlier, shareholders had been greeted outside the annual general meeting (AGM) by thirty activist 'orang-utans'. The activists asked them to give orang-utans a break and end Neslte's use of  palm oil and pulp and paper products from destroyed rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands. Palm oil is used in some of the world's favourite chocolate bars, including Kit Kats.


Activists outside the Nestlé AGM dressed as orang-utans

Since the March 17 launch of our Kit Kat campaign more than 200,000 people have sent e-mails to Nestlé's international headquarters. In Australia alone, over 20,000 people have contacted Nestlé. They have asked the multinational to stop the rampant destruction of Indonesian rainforests to make palm oil.

Greenpeace invited shareholders to watch the famous Kit Kat video that has now been viewed over 1.3 million times.

Earlier in the day German activists erected a 'Twitter wall' at Nestlé's headquarters in Frankfurt. They displayed tweets from people across the globe addressing Nestlé.

'Twitter wall' outside Nestlé headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. It displayed tweets to Nestlé from people around the world.

Following the launch of the Kit Kat campaign, Nestlé publicly announced that it would cancel its direct contracts with Indonesia's biggest palm oil supplier, Sinar Mas. These cancellations, however, did not give the rainforests a break. Nestlé continues to use Sinar Mas palm oil, as well as Sinar Mas pulp and paper products, via other suppliers like Cargill and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). APP is a subsidiary of Sinar Mas.

Sinar Mas continues to destroy peatlands and other conserved areas in Indonesia despite making a commitment in February to stop. By allowing Sinar Mas products to enter its supply chain, Nestlé is linking itself to the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and peatlands.

Deforestation is a major cause of climate change. It is so rampant in Indonesia that the country is the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter. To avert catastrophic climate change we must end deforestation. An immediate moratorium on the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands is vital.

Watch the Kit Kat spoof video.

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