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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

Water - central to food companies' sustainability goals.How can food companies engage in the Global Goals agenda on water? 1 May 2018

Following just-food's in-depth look at how food companies are aligning sustainability objectives with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), Ben Cooper examines how food companies can engage in UN SDG 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Ceres - report says food businesses are among those leading way on sustainabilityCeres report suggests food sector taking lead on sustainability - analysis 27 April 2018

Major food multinationals are often mentioned as being among those taking a leadership position in the drive to make global businesses more sustainable and engage the corporate sector constructively in collective efforts to tackle global sustainability challenges.

Nestle has rolled out Milkybar Wowsomes into UK and IrelandIs Nestle's new sugar-reduction technology a game-changer? 25 April 2018

Nestle has launched an addition to its Milkybar range containing 30% less sugar than a comparable ordinary chocolate bar. Ben Cooper looks at the technology behind Milkybar Wowsomes and assesses its potential to be used more widely in the confectionery sector and other food categories.

Faber: "B Corp is very relevant for the food industry today" - Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on French giant's work on the certification 12 April 2018

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to a company's shareholders. The French giant today (12 April) announced its North America arm is now B Corp-certified and just-food's Ben Cooper spoke to group chairman and CEO Emmanuel Faber about his support for that way of codifying a food business.

UK chocolate SME Doisy & Dam is among country's B Corp-certified firmsBecoming a B Corp 9 April 2018

Here, just-food details the process a food company will have to go through in order to gain B Corp certification.

Plum became public benefit corporation to retain B Corp status after sale to Campbell Soup Co.Why should food companies consider becoming B Corp? 5 April 2018

A B Corp business takes into account stakeholders in general, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to its shareholders. The B Corp movement has grown substantially since its launch in the US in 2007 and now claims a foothold in some 150 countries. Food manufacturers, from the very small to just about as large as they come, have found themselves drawn to the B Corp ideals of sustainable business. Ben Cooper spoke with B Corp food companies and advocates for the B Corp movement in the US and the UK to find out more.

Some 500 companies have committed to the planIs Spain's healthy-eating push enough? 22 March 2018

Spain has become the latest country to see government and industry jointly launch a plan to cut the levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat across a range of foods. Ben Cooper looks into the initiative.

The growing consumer pull for sustainable food in the US 1 March 2018

In just-food's latest deep dive into the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks in-depth at the US market.

With Brexit looming, international markets will be watching closelyThese are troubling times for the UK meat sector - analysis 26 February 2018

The recent spate of food safety infractions in UK meat and poultry production was followed by the publication late on Friday of further worrying revelations in The Guardian newspaper. Ben Cooper assesses the implications of this succession of incidents and reports for the UK meat sector, its regulators and the food manufacturers that depend on them both.

How will brands connect with consumers in the post-trust era? 22 February 2018

The latest Edelman Trust Barometer found levels of trust in the US general population have declined by the largest margin the survey has ever recorded, while classifying 20 of the 28 countries surveyed as "distrusters". Ben Cooper asks Tonia Ries, executive director of Edelman Square, the intellectual property unit of the global PR giant, what declining trust means for brands and their relationship with consumers.

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