Sustainability Watch

Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.



World Resources Institute serves up five-course menu for a sustainable food system 17 Jul 2019

How can the global food system feed almost 10bn people by 2050, while contributing its required share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions over the next three decades?


How can food companies ensure plant-based protein growth is sustainable? 10 Jul 2019

The growth in the plant-based protein market is good news for the planet. However, rising demand may create new sustainability issues in supply chains.


Why UK emissions goal could up pressure on food companies 21 Jun 2019

Ben Cooper analyses the UK's new goal on greenhouse-gas emissions and the likely impact on food manufacturers.


The edible upcycling opportunity 3 Jun 2019

Waste is a hot issue taxing minds in food-industry boardrooms. US columnist Victor Martino digs into the growing interest in upcycling - turning food waste into products.


Will biodiversity become the new organic? 18 Feb 2019

There are signs more actors in the food system are focusing more on biodiversity to try to make their businesses more sustainable. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino explores.


How are investors broadening their sustainability horizons? 22 Jan 2019

There are signs, Ben Cooper writes, the investment community is paying more attention to food companies' moves on sustainability - but that creates its own challenges.


What will top food sustainability agenda in 2019? 3 Jan 2019

As part of just-food's 2019 outlook series, Ben Cooper identifies the sustainability hotspots and trends for the food sector in the next year.


Can a climate label for food work? 12 Dec 2018

A decade ago, a few companies looked to label a product's carbon footprint. The concept never took off. If revisited, just-food asks, would the idea now gain traction?


Tackling the plastic peril through dialogue and data 19 Nov 2018

IRI's Olly Abotorabi argues manufacturers and grocers need to work together - through analysing data - to solve one of the big sustainability issues facing the sector.


Plastic pledges - reason to be positive or time to panic? 29 May 2018

The way plastic is used to package food and drinks has shot up the consumer agenda in recent months and, in response, there has been a flurry of food companies announcing pledges on their use of packaging. The pressure is on to act. However, David Burrows argues businesses should be mindful before leaping on the latest developments in packaging while NGOs are arguing some of the companies' commitments are far from ambitious.


How can food companies engage in the Global Goals agenda on water? 1 May 2018

How can companies engage in UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030?


The growing consumer pull for sustainable food in the US 1 Mar 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.


Why there is room for two US fair trade organisations in US 20 Dec 2017

Ben Cooper examines the market for fair trade in the US, where two organisations are looking to grow the market for the ethically-traded goods.


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


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

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.


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