A Swiss court has found Nestlé guilty of spying on anti-globalisation group Attac. After the announcement of the judgement last week, Nestle and a Swiss security company, Securitas AG, have been ordered to pay compensation to the non-governmental organisation (NGO).
In 2003, Temps Present, a Swiss TV channel, broadcast a story that a Securitas employee has infiltrated an Attac work group in the canton of Vaud to obtain information on behalf of Nestlé. In 2008 Attac filed criminal and civil claims against Nestle and Securitas AG.
In 2009, the criminal case against the two was dropped but the civil action continued. It concluded with the court ordering Nestlé and Securitas AG to pay compensation of 3,000 Swiss Francs, approximately 2,400 euros per claimant.
Nine activists who attended the 2003 meeting in Vaud had brought the case. “We are very satisfied that the civil court condemned Nestlé’s and Securitas AG’s spying activities,” Attac said in a statement.
A Nestle spokesman reacted by saying: “Incitement to infiltration is against Nestlé‘s corporate business principles.” The company also expressed “disappointment” over the judge’s decision.
History of clashes with NGOs
Swiss-based Nestlé, which sells 67 billion euros worth of products a year including Nescafé coffee and Kit-Kat chocolate bars, has a history of clashes with activist groups.
In the 1980s, the world’s biggest food company went through a series of disputes with non-governmental organisation that led to boycotts over sales of baby milk in Africa.
Since then, Nestlé has been trying to repair its damaged profile by cultivating stronger ties with NGOs.
The expansion of social networks has boosted consumers’ consciousness and Nestlé has focused on corporate social responsibility by embracing initiatives in such areas as saving water resources and restrictions on child labour.
Nevertheless, this latest case involving an NGO could damage the food giant’s image afresh.
- 1Greek Prime Minister Tsipras confirms referendum, calls for Greeks to reject creditors’ proposal
- 2Time runs out: Greece misses 1.6 billion-euro IMF repayment
- 3Debt “dithering” sparks online bid to raise €1.6 billion to help Greece
- 4Greece’s eurozone future in balance as bailout expires
- 5Ukraine stops buying Russian gas over price row
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Spain’s first case of diphtheria in 30 years: parents of six-year-old ‘oppose vaccines’
- 3Greek debt crisis is “absolute supremacy of capital over humans”
- 4[Live updates] NGO flotilla bids to break Israeli blockade of Gaza
- 5[LIVE UPDATES] Greek debt deadline looms
- 6Istanbul Gay pride quashed by riot police, rubber bullets and water cannon
- 7[LIVE UPDATES] France: man decapitated, several wounded in chemical plant attack
- 8Israel prepares to repel boarders as ‘Freedom Flotilla 3’ tries to run Gaza blockade
- 9Greek debt summit – Live updates
- 10Large Hadron Collider ready to embark on an unprecedented voyage of discovery
- 11‘Distractingly sexy’ scientists hit back in lab chemistry polemic
- 12Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria focus of EU cash fraud probes
- 13NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 14Summit up in Brussels as Greek proposals give food for thought and rumours fly
- 15Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for accused ex-FIFA bosses
- 16Battle of Waterloo, live-tweeting 200 years on
- 17Greek PM faces day of crucial bailout talks in Brussels
- 18Citizens take power in Spain’s largest cities as a political revolution sweeps the country
- 19Italy discovers biggest illegal waste dump in Europe
- 20Greek debt: who will pay if Greece fails?
Wires > News
- 11:36 CET At least 36 die in Philippine ferry sinking, 127 survive
- 11:26 CET Iran wages media onslaught against Saudis over Yemen war
- 10:54 CET Dutch police fire warning shots during unrest over arrest death
- 10:53 CET China military spending probe finds ‘long-standing abuses’
- 10:07 CET ‘Wow, pulled back wrong throttle’ – captain of crashed TransAsia…
- 09:14 CET Bangladesh arrests 12 suspected al Qaeda militants
- 07:29 CET Indonesia to call off search for victims in deadly military plane…
- 02:24 CET Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly…