Does Nestle Encourage Employees to Anonymously Attack Opponents on the Internet?

My recent post about the declining bottled water market drew the “interesting” response quoted below, which largely parroted Nestle’s pro-bottled water talking points.

The somewhat one-sided (and marginally abusive) language caused me to trace the IP address (for the first time), which showed the poster – hiding behind a Yahoo.com email address – was actually commenting from a PerrierGroup.com IP (65.200.16.246 = ustems91.perriergroup.com. admin.perriergroup.com.)

In case you didn’t realize it, Perrier Group is now Nestle Waters N.A., which forces us to ask the obvious: does Nestle encourage employees or contractors to post comments while hiding their affiliation behind unrelated email addresses?

By gosh, I think I’ll ask them. In fact, the Nestle employees and/or agency folks who monitor the Internet could spare me the trouble of an email by adding a comment to this post clarifying their stance. That would save all of us a lot of time.

Should I look back at the negative comments on this site and see who might be a Nestle shill?

Allegations of Spying = Irony

What’s ironic is the original post that drew the comment mentioned a formerly hard-to-believe allegation about Nestle’s hiring of a security company to infiltrate a Swiss organization opposed to the company, collecting confidential data on activists and forwarding it to the corporate folks.

Not so hard to believe now.

You can see the original post here, though I’ve quoted the comments below:

Ashley Brown { 04.09.09 at 3:54 pm }

I think this is a bunch of crap. Neslte Waters keeps people healty,and above any other bottles industry, soda,juice,even beer, uses less water than any other company, and they are the only beverage industry to make stries with environmentally friendly plastic. So why not bash on the people who really use plastic and water sources. Did you know it takes 3 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer? Also 10 gallons of water to make one tire for a truck? So you wanna talk water maybe you should know alll the facts not just “Nestle”. Wow, unreal.

TC { 04.10.09 at 9:39 am }

Ashley: You’ve successfully parroted Nestle’s talking points. Which is hardly surprising since your IP address traces back to the Perrier Group, which holds a security certificate from “nas.nestle-watersna.com”

This suggests you are a Nestle employee or contractor trying to hide that fact behind a Yahoo.com email address.

And of course, what you’re ignoring is the simple fact that soda, juice and beer don’t pour out of your tap like water does, so bottling it (in plastic bottles which will be with us for several hundred years), transporting it, and then selling it at higher-than gasoline prices defies logic. And in fact, a declining bottled water market is simply a reaction.

For that matter, you don’t comment on the legal bullying or ethics of Nestle, who apparently were involved in a spying caper? (Suddenly, that’s more believable than ever). That earns an “unreal” from us.

More Fun With Nestle as it happens.

2 thoughts on “Does Nestle Encourage Employees to Anonymously Attack Opponents on the Internet?

  1. You’ll be happy to know I have nothing to do with nestle. But obiously nestle does care about its customers and about healthy products. And you obviously don’t have anything better to do but judge other people, probably because you and whoever you work for (if you even have a job) have something to hide. This is the dumbest website I have ever seen! Nestle is AWESOME!

  2. I am writing to your company with great disappointment. It has been rumored that one of the nestle divisions does not fairly post jobs for internal promotions or for outside candidates. I understand that certain people within the division are hand selected for interviewing and promotion possibilities. How are these candidates selected? Achievements, education, length of time with company or favoritism??? I find this unjust for current employees and their chances of promotions and a waste of time for candidates outside the company. I hope this is looked into, ASAP. Nestle is a large company and needs to be held with high standards when it comes to hiring policies and procedures. Upper managemt should not have complete control of how they choose to promote. It should be fair and unbiased. Employees should be able to communicate interest in a promotion when they become available and candidates should not be told they will receive a phone call if they ate being considered without interviewing for the promotion. I believe this division has power greedy upper managemt. I look forward to something changing for the better when it comes to Nestles procedures for promotions and how the employees ate treated.

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