I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
Nestlé’s 2009 report: Creating Shared Value
I’ve just gotten an announcement of Nestlé’s (no relation) latest corporate social responsibility activities. It has released the 2009 version of its annual report: “Creating Shared Value.” By this, the company means that its activities that benefit society as well as its shareholders in three areas: water, nutrition, and rural development.
According to the report, Nestlé has achieved:
- A 59% reduction of water withdrawal per ton of product since 2000.
- More than 160,000 individual farmers and suppliers trained through capacity-building programs.
- Significant improvements in greenhouse gas emissions, water use and creation of waste and by-products.
- More than 7,200 products renovated for health considerations; over 3,300 now have reduced sugar, sodium, fats or artificial colors.
Is Creating Shared Value a win-win? Or is it an oxymoron?