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Sustainability Watch - Andy McCormick, Hershey 3 Apr 2013

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Hershey has become the latest major chocolate company to make a bold public commitment to sustainable cocoa. Andy McCormick, Hershey's vice president, cocoa sustainability, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's 21st Century Cocoa Plan and its commitment to collective efforts to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector.


Sustainability Watch - Tanya Barden, Australian Food and Grocery Council 31 Jan 2013

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For January's Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper spoke with Tanya Barden of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) about the organisation's new "sustainability commitment".


Sustainability Watch - Narrowing the Atlantic divide 26 Nov 2012

Column: Sustainability Watch

It is often said that European companies are ahead of their US counterparts in how they view corporate sustainability, with the latter too narrowly focused on environmental impacts under their immediate control and failing to see the bigger picture. Ben Cooper found at this year's FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit that attitudes are changing.


Sustainability Watch - Jeanne von Zastrow, Food Marketing Institute 18 Oct 2012

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Information sharing and resources to help member companies make their businesses more sustainable feature prominently in the Food Marketing Institute's sustainability platform. At the recent FMI/GMA Sustainability Summit in Washington DC, FMI senior director of sustainability and industry relations Jeanne von Zastrow spoke with Ben Cooper about the organisation's approach and aims.


Sustainability Watch - John O'Maoileoin, Dairy Crest 26 Sep 2012

Column: Sustainability Watch

An eventful summer, including fierce protests over milk prices, eclipsed Dairy Crest's publication of 40 corporate responsibility pledges. Ben Cooper speaks to the company's John O'Maoileoin about the UK company's initiatives, including its relationships with suppliers.


Sustainability Watch: Tom MacMillan, Soil Association 9 Aug 2012

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In this month's Sustainability Watch, Dr Tom MacMillan, formerly director of the Food Ethics Council and now director of innovation at the Soil Association, speaks with Ben Cooper about the Soil Association's new strategy and the UK government's Green Food Project.


Sustainability Watch: European food's 2030 vision 10 Jul 2012

Column: Sustainability Watch

As corporate executives, NGO leaders and government representatives count the carbon cost of their sojourn to Rio last month, Ben Cooper examines FoodDrinkEurope's Environmental Sustainability Vision Towards 2030, the organisation's third sustainability report, published to coincide with the Rio+20 conference and underline the European food sector's commitment to collective engagement on environmental sustainability.


Sustainability Watch - Marks and Spencer's Plan A 28 Jun 2012

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UK retailer Marks and Spencer has been marking the five-year anniversary of its Plan A sustainability strategy this month. Ben Cooper reflects on M&S's achievements and the impact Plan A has had on the wider market.


Sustainability Watch - Cornelia Diethelm, Migros 31 May 2012

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The Swiss co-operative, Migros Group, comprises possibly the most diverse portfolio of companies imaginable. For the past five years, establishing a consistent approach to sustainability across this varied group of businesses has been the task of Cornelia Diethelm, head of issue management and sustainability. Here she discusses her role and the Migros sustainability strategy with Ben Cooper.


Sustainability Watch - Jerry Lynch, General Mills 30 Apr 2012

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Why do companies invest in sustainability? To save the planet? Not really. Jerry Lynch, chief sustainability officer at General Mills, sees sustainability as an "innovation challenge", while uniting environmental and cost-saving strategies ensures that the sustainability mission addresses both environmental and economic aspirations.


Sustainability Watch - big business in Fairtrade 9 Mar 2012

Column: Sustainability Watch

As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to a close, Ben Cooper examines whether the advent of big business has transformed more than just Fairtrade's market share.


Sustainability Watch - Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association 29 Feb 2012

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The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents US food companies, has just published a report highlighting achievements in environmental sustainability by its members. Ben Cooper spoke with GMA sustainability director Meghan Stasz about the initiatives and the potential for further progress.


Sustainability Watch - Brian Shuttleworth, Heinz 23 Jan 2012

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In the first Sustainability Watch of 2012, Ben Cooper discusses Heinz's sustainability strategy with Brian Shuttleworth, the company's director of operational risk and sustainability, and looks at how Heinz's knack for creating catchy taglines is helping to communicate the sustainability message to consumers.


Sustainability Watch – Child labour in cocoa production 14 Dec 2011

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Nestle's plan to partner with the Fair Labor Association in investigating the use of child labour in its cocoa supply chain could raise the bar in terms of corporate accountability regarding this long-running problem. Ben Cooper reports.


Sustainability Watch - local sourcing, part two 10 Nov 2011

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Last month's Sustainability Watch featured comments by renowned food policy expert Professor Tim Lang casting doubt on the suitability of the supermarket distribution model for providing locally sourced food. In the second part of this Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper discusses the local sourcing challenge with Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium.


Sustainability Watch - local sourcing, part one 31 Oct 2011

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In a two-part Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper looks at what might be the most intractable of sustainability challenges for major food retailers.


Sustainability Watch – Mercedes Tallo, Rainforest Alliance 30 Sep 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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