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Ben Cooper

Ben CooperBiography

Ben Cooper is just-food's contributing editor and specialises in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, policy issues and sustainability. He holds MAs from Cambridge University and the University of London, respectively in Social and Political Sciences and Social Policy.

He joined the just-drinks editorial team in 2000 and today works across both just-drinks and just-food, while also writing occasionally for just-style.

In addition to his regular features, Ben has written numerous in-depth management briefings on issues such as alcohol policy, sponsorship, the Fairtrade market, the use of food colourings and environmental issues facing the clothing industry.

He also writes regularly for Ethical Corporation magazine which specialises in the corporate social responsibility field.

He lives in London where he also works as a professional singer.

Articles by Ben Cooper

Industry watchers have questioned US consumer interest in cage-free eggsHow concerned are US consumers about cage-free eggs? 28 January 2016

In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? Ben Cooper reports.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 – Key findings at a glance 25 January 2016

The World Economic Forum's annual report, now in its eleventh edition, quantifies and compares the economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks facing business. just-food presents the report's key findings.

The food industry's impact on deforestation - and its link to climate change - has become hot issueWorld Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - climate change tops poll 22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could have the greatest impact on business. In addition, Ben Cooper writes, the prevalence of climate change risk and the way it is expected to exacerbate other environmental, societal and economic impacts underlines the increasing interconnectedness of business risk, which is an overarching theme of the report.

Food manufacturers face increasing risk of cyber attack, WEF report arguedWorld Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - cyber attack rises up WEF risk roll call 22 January 2016

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2016 underlines the threat of cyber attack as a growing menace facing major companies. Ben Cooper examines the report’s findings on the dangers of cyber attacks and other principal risks facing companies over the next ten years identified in the report.

Why Campbell's move on GMOs is savvy 14 January 2016

The decision by Campbell Soup Co. to back nationwide mandatory labelling of the genetically modified ingredients in food on sale in the US, Ben Cooper writes, is more about the merits and importance of greater transparency than it is about the pros and cons of GM itself.

Businesses see reducing carbon emissions as challenge along the supply chainThe food industry in 2016 - The year's hot sustainability issues 3 January 2016

just-food's 2016 confidence survey includes respondents from varied functions within food companies and professionals in fields related to the industry, aiming to identify the most important factors weighing on the industry and business confidence. Sustainability featured in the survey and Ben Cooper analyses the response - and reflects on the issues in the field industry professionals should consider next year.

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius  (c) raises gavel to mark COP21 dealThe food industry’s vital role in realising COP21 vision 17 December 2015

The COP21 agreement marks the start of a huge concerted effort in which the food industry will have a leading role to play, Ben Cooper writes.

PepsiCo's Bena: How does PepsiCo communicate sustainability to consumers? 3 December 2015

In the second part of just-food's examination of PepsiCo's approach to sustainability, Ben Cooper looks at how the company communicates its sustainable business values to consumers, in particular through the launch of its new howwillwe.com microsite.

Bena: PepsiCo outlines progress on sustainability - interview 2 December 2015

Assessing how sustainability fits within a business throws up a multitude of questions but three seem definitive. Is sustainability embedded throughout your company and enshrined in your strategy - and what do investors really think? Ben Cooper sought out one of the food industry's early movers, PepsiCo, for answers.

What could be the benefits of US approval of GM salmon? 30 November 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon for consumption in the country sees the collision of two highly controversial subjects, namely aquaculture and genetic modification.

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