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Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 Oct 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

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.


UTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 Jun 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


The Marine Stewardship Council looks to 2030 - interview 30 May 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling a new strategy and setting bold targets up to 2030. Nicolas Guichoux, the seafood certification body's global commercial director, spoke with Ben Cooper about the MSC's plans for the future.


Wal-Mart aims to drive supplier progress on emissions with Project Gigaton - analysis 4 May 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

Wal-Mart Stores has launched Project Gigaton, an initiative which sees the retailer task food manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions with the aim of cutting emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton by 2030. Ben Cooper looks at the move.


What could the chocolate industry's plan to end deforestation look like? - analysis 23 Mar 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Ben Cooper speaks to industry and campaign representatives to set out what that plan could look like.


How PepsiCo is taking action on palm oil – interview  13 Sep 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

Today (13 September), PepsiCo publishes the first update on its "palm oil action plan". Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Aulisi, senior director for global environmental policy at PepsiCo, about the progress to date and how the company's initial actions and achievements are likely to be received by environmental campaigners.


Round Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.


Does competition hinder co-operation on sustainability? 6 Apr 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

Major corporations have joined with market researchers to form Paragon Partnerships which aims create an open-access information hub to support actions addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ben Cooper examines the aims behind the Unilever-led initiative and asks where companies draw the line between sharing sustainability information for the greater good and retaining insights that might offer competitive advantage.


RSPO Next - What has been the reaction to the new palm oil standards? 23 Feb 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was, in its early days, hailed as a model of inter-stakeholder collaboration but has faced mounting criticism as the years have gone by - not least in a stinging letter from a number of food companies last summer. The organisation has a new set of criteria - RSPO Next - that it says strengthen standards. But, as Ben Cooper reports, the new benchmarks have attracted disapproval.


How concerned are US consumers about cage-free eggs? 28 Jan 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? Ben Cooper reports.


PepsiCo outlines progress on sustainability - interview 2 Dec 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Assessing how sustainability fits within a business throws up a multitude of questions but three seem definitive. Is sustainability embedded throughout your company and enshrined in your strategy - and what do investors really think? Ben Cooper sought out one of the food industry's early movers, PepsiCo, for answers.


Mondelez sets out thinking behind new sustainability goals 30 Oct 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Mondelez International has laid out how it plans to "accelerate" efforts to reduce the group's impact on the environment, setting new sustainability goals for 2020. Ben Cooper spoke to Jonathan Horrell, the snacks giant's global director of sustainability, to discuss the targets.


How Thai Union wants to be sustainability "leader" 28 Sep 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

When unveiling its new name and corporate identity last week, seafood giant Thai Union Group placed sustainability at the heart of its agenda. Following her appointment as the company's group director of sustainable development, Dr Darian McBain spoke with Ben Cooper about Thai Union's approach to sustainability and aspirations for the future.


Sustainability Watch - Smithfield Foods on new targets 11 Aug 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Smithfield Foods, the US meat group, has set out a new tranche of goals on sustainability, building on targets it laid out in 2010. Ben Cooper spoke with Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and sustainability, about the company's progress over the past five years and the launch of the new targets.


Sustainability Watch: Mars aims to support farmers with new fund 19 Jun 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.


Sustainability Watch: UTZ explains why scale key to progress 13 May 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Last year was record-breaking for the UTZ sustainable farming programme and certification scheme. Being able to provide companies with a scalable way to source certified sustainable commodities has been critical to its progress, as UTZ markets director Daan de Vries explained to Ben Cooper.


Sustainability Watch: McDonald's antibiotics move could be seminal moment 19 Mar 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Campaigners have welcomed McDonald's announcement on antibiotic use in chickens but are concerned that the move is confined to the US. Ben Cooper discusses whether the fast-food operator's decision could spur more action on both sides of the Atlantic.


Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge 26 Feb 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and other aspects of sustainable packaging has been highlighted in a new report published by campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ben Cooper reports.


Sustainability Watch: Dave Stangis, Campbell Soup 30 Jan 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

In the first Sustainability Watch of 2015, Dave Stangis, vice president of public affairs and CSR at Campbell Soup Co., speaks with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability and the recognition it has brought.


Sustainability Watch: Roberto Ciati, Barilla 29 Oct 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Large publicly-owned multinationals, such as Unilever and PepsiCo, are widely praised for showing leadership in corporate sustainability. In this month's Sustainability Watch, Roberto Ciati, sustainability director at Italian pasta, sauces and baked goods group Barilla, discusses how private, family ownership can inform a progressive approach to sustainability.


Sustainability Watch: Deanna Bratter, WhiteWave Foods 17 Sep 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.


Sustainability Watch: How will US biogas push affect food industry? 28 Aug 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

An initiative launched under the auspices of President Obama's Climate Action Plan will see the government foster a major expansion of biogas use. Ben Cooper looks at the implications of the US government's Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for US food manufacturers.


Sustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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.

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