In a new petition by global corporate watchdog,SumOfUs.org, more than 215,000 people worldwide are demanding that Nestlé immediately stop draining groundwater from poor villages in Pakistan to make its Pure Life bottled water, and take steps to ensure that the people of these villages have access to safe, clean drinking water.
“Nestlé’s aggressive water grab is already descending like a plague on parts of Pakistan,” said Rob Wohl forSumOfUs.org. “In the small village of Bhati Dilwan, villagers have watched their water table sink hundreds of feet since Nestlé moved in and reports indicate that children are getting sick from the foul-smelling sludge they’re forced to choke down. Dirty water, like that in Pakistan, kills more children around the world than AIDS, malaria, war, and traffic accidents combined. At the same time, Nestlé is spending millions marketing Pure Life to wealthy Americans, Europeans and Pakistanis who can afford to watch their kids grow up healthy. This is where we say: Enough.”
Earlier this year, when Nestlé’s Canadian subsidiary pushed to keep draining millions of liters of fresh water from the water table in a time of drought,SumOfUs.orgjoined forces with the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watcher, and Ecojustice challenging Nestlé in court – and won. This month, after pressure from thousands of SumOfUs members, Nestlé dropped its appeal.
At the World Water Forum in 2000, Nestlé led the way in fighting against defining access to water a universal right. Nestlé and other big corporations won out, and government officials around the globe officially downgraded water’s classification to a need instead, meaning it could be captured, commoditized, and exploited by major corporations without regard for local populations.
SumOfUs.orgis a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.