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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

Work canteen Why companies cannot lose with employee engagement in sustainability 22 September 2016

Initiatives aimed at involving employees in sustainability aims are now commonplace in progressive food companies, and for good reason. Ben Cooper examines employee engagement in the food industry and explains how food manufacturers are reaping the multiple benefits of enthusing employees around food sustainability objectives.

Mondelez sent staff to Ghana to look at cocoa farmingHow food companies are involving employees in sustainability - case studies 22 September 2016

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainability are immensely varied. Here, just-food looks at the different ways six global food manufacturers seek to engage their workforce in their sustainability aims.

PepsiCo on track to meet palm oil goals PepsiCo "confident" on hitting palm oil targets  14 September 2016

PepsiCo has said it is "confident" it will meet the sustainability commitments laid out in its Palm Oil Action Plan. 

PepsiCo hails progress on Palm Oil sustainability agendaHow PepsiCo is taking action on palm oil – interview  13 September 2016

Today (13 September), PepsiCo publishes the first update on its "palm oil action plan". Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Aulisi, senior director for global environmental policy at ?PepsiCo, about the progress to date and how the company's initial actions and achievements are likely to be received by environmental campaigners.

Business, food companies included, are watching May's comments on post-Brexit UK closelyWhy Theresa May's Brexit comments give manufacturers reason for optimism 8 September 2016

Amid the uncertainty following the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June, British food companies and global food giants with UK sites will have been buoyed by a question at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday (7 Sept) - and Theresa May’s response.

Food policy has had low profile in both Clinton and Trump campaignsHow food policy may feature in the White House after November - analysis 6 September 2016

Food policy may not have been much discussed in the campaigns of either of the White House hopefuls so far, but when Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump takes office many of the new President's policy decisions will, either directly or indirectly, impact on the food sector. Ben Cooper casts an eye ahead to the coming four years.

Plate of the Union says Food campaigners fight to be heard amid US Presidential hubbub - interview 6 September 2016

Activists, industry advocates and many consumers would like food to be a more prominent issue in major elections, such as the current race to the US White House. History, Ben Cooper writes, may suggest this is a forlorn hope but, speaking to Claire Benjamin DiMattina of the Plate of the Union campaign, it is clear advocates do not believe it is a futile endeavour.

Tyson also faced shareholder resolutions on water use, animal welfare, lobbying and board diversityTyson Foods needs to grasp the nettle on plant-based protein - comment 1 September 2016

The five shareholder resolutions filed by Tyson Foods investors last week seeking changes to environment, social and governance policies pertain to business risks for the US meat giant - and none more so than that on plant protein. Ben Cooper argues Tyson Foods needs to act now on the issue.

Food companies should welcome emphasis on reformulation over fiscal measuresWhy England child obesity plan is best industry could have hoped for 18 August 2016

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.

US industry association GMA has labelled QR codes US food companies gain crucial concession on GM labelling 16 August 2016

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the necessary product information to be communicated through a QR code. Ben Cooper asks whether this enshrines the consumer’s right to know if GM ingredients are present or the right to find out.

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