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Sustainability Watch – Mercedes Tallo, Rainforest Alliance 30 Sep 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

The news that Maltesers is to become a Fairtrade brand underlines both the continued growth in the ethical market and how this increasing consumer appeal has not been lost on marketers. Speaking with Ben Cooper, Mercedes Tallo of the Rainforest Alliance discusses the importance of partnering with big brands and argues that the huge growth in ethical certification reflects tangible improvements in supply chains rather than a desire on the part of brands to look good.


Sustainability Watch – Peter McAllister, Ethical Trading Initiative 25 Aug 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

Partnerships between industry and non-industry stakeholders should in theory represent the gold standard in terms of providing meaningful solutions to complex problems. But they are not immune from criticism. Ben Cooper met with Peter McAllister, executive director of the Ethical Trading Initiative, to discuss the challenges ahead and how ETI is evolving to meet them.


Sustainability Watch – PepsiCo finds health drive hard going 31 Jul 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

PepsiCo's UK and Irish arm has made slower progress in its bid to boost sales of healthier products than it might have hoped. Ben Cooper examines how the company has reported its performance against the 27 commitments announced last year and the reaction it has received.


Sustainability Watch – Celeste Clark, Kellogg 27 Jun 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

The marketing of breakfast cereals to children has become a delicate issue for food manufacturers like Kellogg. As a result, responsible marketing commitments feature prominently in the company's sustainability strategy, as Kellogg chief sustainability officer Celeste Clark explains.


Sustainability Watch – GM under scrutiny 31 May 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

In spite of considerable public and political concern, not to mention vigorous campaigning, the GM industry has proved adept at deflecting criticism, steadfastly continuing to plough its own furrow. However, Ben Cooper writes, going forward the agricultural biotech sector may have to answer searching questions about what it has so far failed to deliver.


Sustainability Watch – Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, Ahold 28 Apr 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

Netherlands-based food retail group Ahold has recently committed itself to a range of sustainability targets. Speaking with Ben Cooper for this month's Sustainability Watch, Ahold's executive vice president and chief corporate governance counsel, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, expands on the company's approach to sustainability and the need to balance ambition and pragmatism.


Sustainability Watch – Corporate responsibility: what's in a name? 31 Mar 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

In this month's Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper wrestles with the nomenclature of corporate social responsibility, with a little help from Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.


Sustainability Watch – Eco labelling 28 Feb 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has just published research into environmental labelling which suggests a footprint-based omni-label for food is a long way off. Ben Cooper asks Dr Tom MacMillan, executive director of the Food Ethics Council and one of the report’s authors, where this leaves the debate over food eco labelling.


Sustainability Watch - Dairy and the modern diet 31 Jan 2011

Column: Sustainability Watch

The launch of the WWF's Livewell Plate brings the relationship of sustainable food production and nutrition into sharp focus. The same issue was being discussed last week at a conference hosted by Dairy UK, the British dairy industry association.


Sustainability Watch - Andrew Kuyk, Food and Drink Federation 22 Dec 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

Industry environmental strategies can be accused of greenwash, of lacking transparency and of having more to do with enhancing a lobbying position than genuine engagement. As the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) publishes its third sustainability report, Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Kuyk, the FDF's director of sustainability, about the organisation's Five-fold Environmental Ambition sustainability strategy and the value of such industry platforms.


Sustainability Watch – Karen Hamilton, Unilever 26 Nov 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

The launch last week of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan sees the Anglo-Dutch food-to-deodorants group once more setting the pace on corporate sustainability. Ben Cooper spoke with Karen Hamilton, Unilever’s vice president for sustainability, about the new strategy and how its ambitious targets set the plan apart from corporate rhetoric.


Sustainability Watch - Mark Murphy, Cargill 29 Oct 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

US-based agro-food giant Cargill published its 2010 corporate responsibility report this month. Mark Murphy, who oversees corporate responsibility within Cargill’s corporate affairs department, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's achievements and how Cargill's approach to sustainability is evolving.


Sustainability Watch - Consulting the index 30 Sep 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

This month saw the annual review for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and the half-year review of the FTSE4Good index. The fact that this may have passed largely unnoticed by many in the business world, let alone by a wider public, is not perhaps surprising. Both indexes suffer from a problem which those championing corporate social responsibility (CSR) know only too well, that of being viewed by the mainstream investment community as peripheral or at worst irrelevant.


Sustainability Watch – Ben Eavis, Sainsbury’s 31 Aug 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

Corporate sustainability is seen by sceptics as too often being 'more talk than action'. In this month’s Sustainability Watch, Ben Eavis, head of corporate responsibility at Sainsbury’s, spoke with Ben Cooper about how the various steering groups, reporting processes and stakeholder discussions at Sainsbury's facilitate action rather being an end in their own right.


Sustainability Watch – Jeff Hogue, Danisco 30 Jul 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

If tackling environmental problems is about finding new solutions to make damaging production and consumption a thing of the past, linking sustainability with product development is a must. Jeff Hogue, vice president of corporate sustainability at Danisco, spoke with Ben Cooper about how the Danish ingredients specialist is making innovation a key pillar of its sustainability strategy.


Sustainability Watch – Megan Hellstedt, Delhaize 30 Jun 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

Building links with all stakeholders is seen as a vital component in any corporate responsibility strategy but companies vary both in their readiness and their success in doing this. Megan Hellstedt, director of corporate responsibility at Delhaize Group, spoke with Ben Cooper about how its collaborative culture and devolved business model helps the Belgian-based retail group’s sustainability efforts.


Sustainability Watch – Sylvain Cuperlier, Dole 28 May 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

Earlier this month, Dole Food Co. announced the creation of an office of corporate responsibility and sustainability “to build on its existing environmental initiatives at company-owned farms around the world”. Ben Cooper asked director of worldwide corporate social responsibility Sylvain Cuperlier why he feels Dole’s approach to corporate sustainability represents a good model and why the recent organisational changes have further strengthened the company in this area.


Sustainability Watch – Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods 30 Apr 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

Being responsible for championing the sustainability strategy of one of the largest meat processors in the world may appear to many an unenviable task. But Dennis Treacy, recently named senior vice president of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer at Smithfield Foods, relishes the challenge and believes the company has a good story to tell. He spoke with Ben Cooper about his appointment, the company’s achievements to date and future goals.


Sustainability Watch - Jeff van der Eems, United Biscuits 31 Mar 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

United Biscuits recently announced it was ahead of schedule on a number of key sustainability goals. Ben Cooper spoke with chief operating officer Jeff van der Eems about the company’s sustainability strategy and the reasons behind its progress.


Sustainability Watch – Pascal Gréverath, CIAA 26 Feb 2010

Column: Sustainability Watch

As chairman of the CIAA’s Environment Committee, Pascal Gréverath is at the centre of the European food industry’s sustainability effort. He spoke with Ben Cooper about the newly-created European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Round Table and what he sees as the main priorities for the CIAA’s sustainability brief.


Sustainability Watch - Ian Bowles, Premier Foods 30 Nov 2009

Column: Sustainability Watch

Premier Foods plc, the UK's largest food group, has become the latest manufacturer to commit to sourcing palm oil more sustainably and sent a signal that CSR issues remain important to the company despite the challenge of doing business in a recession. In this month's Sustainability Watch interview, Ben Cooper spoke to Premier's CSR manager Ian Bowles about the Hovis maker's move on palm oil - and the company's moves on to cut waste, energy and water use.


Sustainability Watch - Richard Doyle, IDF 2 Oct 2009

Column: Sustainability Watch

In the first of a new series of interviews focusing on sustainability issues, Richard Doyle, president of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), spoke with Ben Cooper about the Global Dairy Agenda for Action and his hopes that the industry’s recently-launched sustainability platform will foster best practice in climate change mitigation - and facilitate engagement with policymakers and other stakeholders.

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