When it comes to giant evil corporations, it's hard to beat Nestlé.
Nestlé has already used its limitless resources to continue to drain California’s San Bernardino National Forest's water supply, claiming rights to the water based on a 150-year-old permit. Now a small Michigan town is locked in a legal battle with food giant Nestlé over the town’s own water.
Nestlé has preyed on the mothers of newborns with false claims about their baby formula. It uses chocolate suppliers that rely on child labour. And it's pulling millions of gallons of water out of the ground of drought-stricken areas to bottle and sell.
SumOfUs was created to stand up to multinational corporations by organizing across the globe. But to take on corporations as powerful as Nestlé, we need ongoing support.
Right now, we're locked in a major battle with Nestlé over water rights in Michigan.
Nestlé applied to build a pumping station to withdraw hundreds of thousands of gallons more groundwater from under Osceola Township, Michigan, which is just northwest of Flint. And when the township rejected Nestlé’s proposal, the company sued -- and won.
Now Osceola Township is appealing, but the township of fewer than 2,000 people can't shoulder the legal bills on its own. This is going to be a long battle, and we need to make sure we stop Nestlé from continuing to steal water from its rightful owners.
Meanwhile, we need to take on Nestlé in California. The California State Water Resources Control Board has declared that Nestlé has no right to the 62 million gallons of water a year it's been pulling out of the aquifer -- but Nestlé has kept pumping anyway.
Nestlé is not going to stop until it loses in court and loses BIG. We need to make sure that the people of Michigan, California, Ontario, British Columbia, and everywhere else Nestlé is stealing water from, have the resources it takes to defeat a giant corporation like Nestlé. Will you chip in monthly to help stand up to Nestlé?