29 Nov Special offer on report on Nestle’s Code violations to commemorate the release of tigers
Based on a true story, the movie looks into the life of a pharmaceutical salesperson who finds that the baby formula he’s been excellent at pushing, is becoming the cause of malnourishment and even death in infants. (Image from GQ India)
The Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules report documents global Code violations of baby food companies, including Nestle, the biggest multinational corporation.
Tigers, a movie about how a brave whistleblower took on Nestle for their unethical marketing practices that were harming the health and lives of Pakistan’s infants finally hit the screens on 21st November, 12 years after production started.
To celebrate its release and to show the public that Nestle is still systematically committing Code violations and engaging in aggressive and unethical marketing to this day, IBFAN-ICDC is giving a one month special offer on the Nestle chapter of our “Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2017” publication, which includes:
- Code Violations by Themes
- Where Do They Differ? (Comparative Analysis of Nestlé’s Policy and Instructions for implementation of the Code and the International Code)
- Special Report on FTSE4GOOD and Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI)
- Special Report on Code-related news in and Botswana, China, and Ecuador
- What’s Happening in Indonesia, Nigeria and Singapore (brief reports)
- Special Report on Promotion of Use of Complementary Foods before 6 Months
- Look What They’re Doing in China, Moldova, and Russia, and
- Stretching the Rules – marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding
Starting 3rd December, for a month, the chapter can be purchased at $60 (compared to the original price $300) for single copy and $120 (compared to the original price $600) for license to share. Click here to purchase.
Directed by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic, Tigers is based on the true story of how Syed Aamir Raza, a sales representative who joined Nestlé’s Pakistan operation in 1994, later became a courageous whistleblower against his former employer. While he was still promoting infant formula products at the hospitals, a doctor told him that babies were dying from unsafe bottle-feeding, Aamir asked why and the doctor replied, “Because of people like you.” Many of the practices Aamir had been taught by the company to market products aggressively to doctors and parents were in violation of the International Code. He eventually resigned in 1997, and with the help from IBFAN, compiled the 1999 report Milking Profits: How Nestlé Puts Sales Ahead of Infant Health to expose the unethical and aggressive marketing practices that were related to the deaths and illnesses of infants, by providing evidence on how Nestle was encouraging doctors to push its infant formula products. Nestlé dismissed the report, claiming most practices were not violations and those that were had been the sole responsibility of Aamir’s.
Tigers also tells the story of how Nestle went to great lengths to suppress media exposure. Apart from being accused of blackmailing the company, Aamir was also under pressure of the doctors he had denounced and moved his family into hiding after receiving threats. He eventually sought refuge while in Canada to promote Milking Profits.
Even though Tigers received a standing ovation and applause at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, the producers have gone through hoops to get it released, revealing the muscle and financial power of Nestle. 4 years after its premiere and 21 years after Aamir left Nestle, Tigers finally makes it to audiences in India on Zee5 and on select screens in the United Kingdom.
A billboard poster of Tigers in Mumbai, India.
Tigers’ trailer and to stream:
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