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Sugar inspectors from Bootham School in York (the historic home of Nestle!)

Posted by Serena Tramonti Media and Advocacy Officer

4th Oct 2013

Today Bootham School in the city of York - the historic home of giant Nestle- is the first school in the country to show its support for Stop the Sugar Rush as part of Behind the Brands. 

Today, pupils from Bootham School became sugar inspectors for a day to show their support for Behind the Brands Stop the sugar rush campaign. As well as learning more about the campaign, they talked at length with Hugh Bayley MP about how politicians and the public can make multinational companies operate more ethically and bring positive and lasting change to communities around the world. 

Back in March, Year 8 Bootham pupils  had produced cocoa based artwork and took to the streets of York to make Mars, Nestle and Mondeles cocoa supply chains fairer for women cocoa farmers

The pupils joined over 100,000 people around the world who signed up to the campaign. The cocoa giants listened.

 Just this week Mars and  Nestle - whose historic home is York!- are officially starting the full analysis of their supply chain to make sure that women cocoa farmers get a fair deal as producers. And on the same week Oxfam sugar inspectors visited Coca cola, PepsiCo and Associated British Foods HQs in London to demand that they ensure that their sugar is not linked to land grabs or land conflict

So, this year, Bootham pupils,  with the support of their Head of Geography, are going to use their creativity to tell the story of how the global sugar rush is threatening small scale farmers around the world. They are going to join the thousands that have already told  @CocaCola@PepsiCo and Associated British Foods that they need to make sure that their sugar supply chain is not tainted by any links to land grabs. You can read how the companies are reacting already to the campaign here

Join Bootham School pupils and call for @CocaCola @PepsiCo and Associated British Foods to clean up their sugar supply chain. Sign up now here

Blog post written by Serena Tramonti

Media and Advocacy Officer

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