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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

Food companies can prosper as we live longerHow Nestle is catering for an ageing global population  22 July 2016

The newest of Nestle’s 40 R&D facilities is a unit in Singapore specialising in nutrition to support healthy ageing. Ben Cooper reports on the new facility and examines the role food companies can play in maintaining and improving health in old age as life expectancy increases.

What impact will Brexit have on UK food policyCould Brexit foster a more joined-up approach to UK policymaking? 18 July 2016

The UK’s vote to leave the EU on 23 June triggered immediate political and economic turmoil and has long-term implications for UK food manufacturers. Ben Cooper looks at how Brexit could impact on environmental and nutrition policy in the UK. 

Childhood Obesity Strategy branded "Pathetic" UK Child Obesity Strategy to be delayed, says campaigner 15 July 2016

Campaign group Action on Sugar (AOS) has branded measures in the UK government’s Child Obesity Strategy (COS), now expected to be delayed until the autumn, as "pathetic".

'Fat taxes' are increasingly on the agenda in developed and emerging markets What does Indian state Kerala's 'fat tax' mean for global food manufacturers? 14 July 2016

The regional government in the Indian state of Kerala has become the latest administration to impose a tax on less healthy foods. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of this move to multinational food companies.

Health campaigners have flagged concerns that Brexit will lead to a watered down obesity stategy in the UKWarnings Brexit could weaken UK Child Obesity Strategy 8 July 2016

The UK’s long-awaited Child Obesity Strategy looks set to be published during the next couple of weeks, but when it does it is likely to be a cause of further acrimony between the food industry and health campaigners.

How new food waste standard will help monitor progress - analysis 22 June 2016

The launch of the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard has been described by its founding partner as a "breakthrough" in the fight against food waste. Ben Cooper assesses how it will support both food companies’ efforts to reduce waste and public-private initiatives with the same aim.

FDA opens consultation on salt reduction targetsDebate rages as US moves towards salt reduction 7 June 2016

The US government has announced plans to cut the country's salt intake, a move some in campaign circles have been urging for nearly 40 years. The Food and Drug Administration's voluntary targets attracted support from NGOs and parts of the industry, although, as Ben Cooper writes, the reaction was not entirely positive.

RTRS-certified soy continues to rise but drop in ocean compared to total outputRound Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.

The UK proposals cover non-broadcast media such as online advertisingUK advertising consultation is credibility test for self-regulation 17 May 2016

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has launched a public consultation on new self-regulatory rules governing the advertising of food and drink to children through non-broadcast media. The extent to which non-industry views are reflected in the eventual rules, Ben Cooper writes, will have a direct bearing on their credibility.

There are increasing expectations placed on companies over issues such as working conditionsHow companies' responsibilities for supply chain workers are widening 11 May 2016

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working conditions, wages, safety and workers’ rights in their agricultural supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

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