University of Alberta vs. Nestle: Controversy and honorary degrees

Scott Harris
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The University of Alberta is embroiled in controversy over its decision to award an honorary degree to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the Chair of Nestlé, the largest multinational food and water corporation in the world and one of the most unpopular.

Nestlé, which Brabeck-Letmathe has helmed as CEO and now Chair since 1997, has been the target of international boycotts stretching back decades for its marketing of breast milk substitutes in the Majority Word in violation of international standards, widespread labour violations and links to slave labour in its chocolate production, and its environmental impact and strong-arm tactics with communities opposed to Nestlé’s exploitation of groundwater for its bottled water division. Nestlé is currently in court over a spying scandal over a similar community fight against Nestlé in Brazil.

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