Multinational corporations like Nestlé and Coca-Cola are alarmingly powerful on their own. Now imagine the weight of an organisation that represents the interests of a dozen of these mega-corporations. May I introduce you to FoodDrinkEurope.
FoodDrinkEurope is known for its efforts to squash consumer-friendly labels on foods and drinks -- and now it is lobbying hard for a massive trade deal between the US and EU (called TTIP) that would increase its power even more.
Not all members of FoodDrinkEurope are bad news though. In fact, one of its biggest members, Unilever, spends huge amounts of resources to help fight climate change. Unilever makes a ton of things you probably buy, from ice cream to toiletries, and it claims to have made sustainability a primary concern. So what is it doing being a member of a nefarious organisation like FoodDrinkEurope?
If we all come together and push Unilever to take its own claims seriously, we can get it to take a stance against TTIP and leave FoodDrinkEurope -- resulting in a major setback for the pro-TTIP lobby group.
Call on Unilever to take action against climate change by quitting TTIP lobbying group FoodDrinkEurope.
TTIP aim to lift US oil export ban goes against climate targets, The Guardian, July 3rd, 2015
Unilever releases first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report, Unilever, June 30th, 2015