Sustainability Watch

Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.



Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word 27 Jun 2014

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.


Sustainability Watch: Bill Guyton, World Cocoa Foundation 30 May 2014

The cocoa sector has arguably spawned more than its fair share of sustainability initiatives and programmes. Ben Cooper asks Bill Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation, what sets the recently-launched CocoaAction, a plan aimed at "building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector", apart from what has gone before.


Sustainability Watch - Andy Challinor, IPCC 30 Apr 2014

For those with an interest in the issue of climate change - and in truth that's approximately 7bn people - 2014 is an extremely significant year.


Sustainability Watch - Mondelez International 31 Mar 2014

Phrases like ""low-hanging fruit" and "win-wins" have made the rhetoric around sustainability sound a little well-worn but Mondelez International's new drive on healthier snacks, sustainable sourcing and reducing its environmental impact has attracted Ben Cooper's attention. He interviewed Mondelez's Christine McGrath, the executive leading the strategy.


Sustainability Watch: Trust and the triple bottom line 20 Feb 2014

Reflecting their growing significance to businesses across all sectors, issues around sustainability, climate change, food security and the like are now much discussed at the World Economic Forum's (WEF) annual get-together in Davos. Ben Cooper reports.


Sustainability Watch - The GMO labelling debate in the US 30 Jan 2014

Having witnessed an unprecedented level of discussion in the US over the past year or so, the labelling of genetically modified foods is set to become an even more hotly and frequently debated subject stateside in the coming year. Ben Cooper reports.


Sustainability Watch - Piera Waibel, Lindt & Sprungli 2 Jan 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has just expanded its cocoa farmer programme in Ghana which will see the company give support to some 45,000 farmers between now and 2016. Sustainability manager Piera Waibel spoke with Ben Cooper about what the company is doing in Ghana and why it has decided not to have any of its brands certified under schemes such as Fairtrade.


Sustainability Watch - Barry Parkin, Mars 30 Sep 2013

Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the US giant's sustainability strategy.


Sustainability Watch - Every Crumb Counts 25 Jul 2013

Food waste is again a hot topic in the food sector with the launch last month of FoodDrinkEurope's multi-stakeholder programme, Every Crumb Counts. Ben Cooper spoke with Tove Larsson, director of environmental affairs at Food Drink Europe, about the new initiative.


Sustainability Watch - Frank van Ooijen, FrieslandCampina 25 Jun 2013

Netherlands-based dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina recently published its CSR Report 2012. In this month's Sustainability Watch, CSR director Frank van Ooijen speaks with Ben Cooper about how the cooperative structure helps advance the company's ambitious sustainability strategy.


Sustainability Watch - Chris Ninnes, Aquaculture Stewardship Council 31 May 2013

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has made significant strides since its launch in 2010. Chief executive Chris Ninnes discusses its mission and strategy with Ben Cooper.


Sustainability Watch - International Finance Corporation's third-party lending 7 May 2013

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the division of the World Bank that lends to private corporations, is expanding its profile in the agribusiness sector. In the second part of this Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper examines IFC lending through third parties.


Sustainability Watch - International Finance Corporation 30 Apr 2013

In this two-part Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper looks at the lending activities of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the division of the World Bank that lends to private corporations, which is rapidly expanding its activities in the agribusiness sector.


Sustainability Watch - Andy McCormick, Hershey 3 Apr 2013

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

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".


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