Companies that make milk formulas must market their products responsibly to ensure that they do not undermine breastfeeding or infant and child health. As the recent reports by Save the Children UK and the Access to Nutrition Foundation confirm, these six companies have made little progress in curbing the unethical marketing of their products. In fact, none of these companies even acknowledges the Code in its entirety.
Together with partners, we are asking the world’s six largest formula manufacturers—Abbott, Danone, Friesland Campina, Kraft/Heinz, Reckitt Benckiser (fka Mead Johnson) and Nestle—to comply with the rules set out in the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent resolutions (“the Code”) and to stop lobbying against measures to protect breastfeeding. Read the full letter here.
Since sending this letter to the heads of the six major infant formula manufacturers, we have received one response to date. Read it here.