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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

Smith (left) sees B Corp status as Why UK chocolate upstart Doisy & Dam focused on sustainability at outset - interview 26 July 2017

UK-based chocolate business Doisy & Dam recently announced it had gained B Corporation status. Ben Cooper spoke with co-founders, Ed Smith and Rich Wilkinson about the importance this young company places on sustainable growth.

Investor reaction to recent comments from Danone CEO Faber on sustainability was mixedInvestor interest in sustainability growing but still way to go 14 July 2017

There are increasing signs more investors are becoming interested in the corporate sustainability practices of food companies, with some introducing the issue into the factors they weigh when deciding where to put their cash. However, as interest in corporate sustainability varies by company, so it does in the investment community, with some in the financial sphere seemingly little interested, proving the CEO advocates in the sector still have some convincing to do.

Nielsen: Does sustainability sell in the UK? 13 July 2017

Consumer concern has long been an important reason for food companies to take sustainability seriously, not only for reasons of reputational protection but increasingly for the value strong sustainability credentials can bring to a brand. In the first of a series of articles looking at the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks at the relationship between consumers and food sustainability in the UK, and asks whether sustainability sells.

New code allows farmers to sell excess milk to other processorsAustralian dairy sector launches code of practice 30 June 2017

The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has launched a voluntary code of practice to govern contractual arrangements between companies and dairy farmers.

Unilever CEO Polman: Nestle, Unilever join project to prove value of long-term vision 30 June 2017

Nestle, Unilever and PepsiCo have joined with other companies and financial institutions in a venture that aims to develop a new framework to encourage and measure long-term value creation.

Red Tractor standards updated in areas including use of antibioticsUK certifier Red Tractor unveils new standards 30 June 2017

The UK's Red Tractor Assurance scheme has developed new standards for farmers and growers, following a regular three-yearly review.

Danish industry touted its own work on reducing acrylamide in crispsDanish food sector backs Brussels proposals on acrylamide 29 June 2017

The Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC), which represents the country’s food and farming sectors, has supported draft proposals put forward by the European Commission to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods.

Hampton Creek CEO Tetrick (fourth-right) looks on as lab-meat tests take placeHampton Creek unveils synthetic meat plans 29 June 2017

US-based eggless mayo producer Hampton Creek has revealed it is developing lab-produced meat and seafood products and is expecting to have a product on the market by the end of next year.

JBS forms new executive committeeJBS creates executive committee as governance push continues 29 June 2017

Troubled Brazilian meat processor JBS has set up an executive committee, the latest in a series of moves to strengthen its governance and compliance processes in a bid to restore credibility following damaging corruption investigations.

EU ministers want controls on advertising on online platformsEU Council adopts proposals to tackle childhood obesity 20 June 2017

The EU Council has adopted proposals aimed at addressing rising childhood overweight and obesity across the EU including advocating more controls on advertising and marketing.

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