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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

Brexit – threat to UK food security or opportunity for renewal? 18 October 2017

Brexit has been said to constitute a clear and present danger to UK food security - but what does food security mean in this context and to what extent do any opportunities offset the threats? Ben Cooper reports.


Ajinomoto: Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 October 2017

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become a leading force on the world food stage.


There is debate over how much investors care about sustainability strategiesHow sustainability is influencing M&A in the food industry 6 October 2017

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions.


Food labelling - likely to face change in the UK post-Brexit.Changes to food labelling will be a delicate issue post-Brexit 20 September 2017

Once it leaves the EU, the UK will be able to frame its own food labelling legislation but what is likely to change? Ben Cooper attended a Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar last week which took "Next steps for UK food labelling policy and opportunities post-Brexit" as its theme.


Ceres: NGO Ceres' deep dive into water gives food plenty to ponder 15 September 2017

A new report from US non-profit Ceres looking at how food manufacturers are addressing water risks points to improvement among some companies but finds many others to be worryingly off the pace. Ben Cooper reports.


Michel Barnier (r) has warned the UK - and Brexit Secretary David Davis (l) - UK's dose of realism on Brexit will encourage food industry 22 August 2017

The UK's position papers on its future customs arrangements with the EU and, more specifically, on the border with Ireland have seen London take a pragmatic stance on key issues, Ben Cooper writes, which will please the food sector.


Where do Trump and corporate America go from here? 21 August 2017

Following the disbanding this week of two Presidential business advisory committees, Ben Cooper looks at Donald Trump’s relationship with business and suggests these events cannot be viewed as a standard contretemps between an interest group and the White House. A serious rift has developed and, on past record, the President will not be the one extending the olive branch.


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.


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