PepsiCo might think its choice to derive artificial flavorings from the kidney cell of an aborted baby is no big deal as long as it tastes good in the end, but it’s left Pepsi shareholders with a bitter taste in their mouth—and they have let the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) know they are unhappy.
It’s been less than a year since the news broke that your Pepsi products might be getting their tasty flavors at the sacrifice of an aborted baby. If you missed the initial coverage, this article summarizes it for you and includes a link to a list of most of the products by all companies affected by this news.
This week Children of God for Life, one of the many pro-life organizations involved in a mass boycott of Pepsi products, revealed that PepsiCo shareholders are not okay with this method of artificial flavoring either and filed the resolution, which effectively serves as a protest to the 4-year contract that PepsiCo entered into with Senomyx, the scientific research organization that sees babies as flavor additives. They filed the shareholder Resolution with the SEC, the federal agency responsible for enforcement of corporate laws and financial dealings.
A shareholder resolution is bad news for a corporation. Put simply, it functions as a sort of written protest that says those who have money in the company are disagreeing what management in doing and want a vote on the matter. While the vote is more of a poll than a binding decision, for corporations that are publicly traded, and count on profit margins to survive, a message that your shareholders are unhappy with you can be a piblic relations–and a financial–nightmare. And it should be.
I’ll let the resolution speak for itself in the text below, but essentially, the shareholders call PepsiCo on the carpet for their violation of human rights by making a child a research project for flavor, which has caused a “massive boycott.” Here’s the resolution:
Whereas: According to “Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance,” which was developed by an international group of investors, “companies must formulate policies to reduce risk to reputation in the global marketplace” and,
Whereas: Public reaction to the PepsiCo/Senomyx agreement has resulted in a massive world-wide boycott of PepsiCo products, which threatens shareholder value, retirement pensions and investments, and,
Whereas: PepsiCo has the ability to determine which cell lines should be used in the development of the flavor enhancement research our company is funding,
Resolved: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.
If you've not already contacted PepsiCo about this issue, this is a terrific time to do it because the pressure is on. I also want to point out something vitally important here. The grassroots boycott levels of agencies that committed to not spending their dollars on PepsiCo products resulted in sending a message to shareholders to whom PepsiCo must listen; shareholders are a key to profit, the bottom line. Now PepsiCo has received a strong and public message saying using aborted babies to flavor products is unacceptable. It’s crossed the line of business dealings and turned into baby dealings.
Remember, PepsiCo isn’t the only guilty party here. This Seonomyx flavoring affects Frito-Lay products, as well as Kraft and Nestle; these include Cadbury, Quaker, Rice-a-Roni and many other everyday products. The link below will give you a pretty good idea of the many products potentially affected by flavorings made from a research base of a kidney of an aborted baby.
We’re pleased with PepsiCo’s shareholders for having more wisdom than its leaders. Now that they have responded to the boycott, let’s pray that they change this, regardless of cost and choose to value LIFE. And let’s also realize that when we choose not to spend you money on a product and make it known to the business why we won’t, we make an accumulated dent in stopping the action. Your money does matter. That Pepsi or Mountain Dew you pass up? It might actually affect a culture of life in our nation.
Click here for a document which contains a list of all the products we could find that the corporations who contract with Senomyx produce.
Also, here's the contact info for the other primary companies: