Sustainability in Drinks

Sustainability in Drinks

By: Ben Cooper

Every month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over sustainability efforts in the global drinks industry.



Why has Heineken made a Formula 1 U-turn? - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Jun 2016

Corporate sustainability strategies are about balancing commercial priorities with environmental and social concerns. Ben Cooper asks whether Heineken has struck the right balance with its decision to embrace motorsport sponsorship.


How do Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo fare under Oxfam's spotlight? Part II – Sustainability Spotlight 6 Jun 2016

The world's two largest soft drinks producers, The Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo, are among the ten multinational companies included in Oxfam's 'Behind the Brands' report, which rates the global food and drinks businesses across seven criteria relating to their supply chain policies. Oxfam's scores and summaries of Coca-Cola's and PepsiCo's performance are detailed here, along with the companies' responses.


How do Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo fare under Oxfam’s spotlight? - Sustainability Spotlight 6 Jun 2016

PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Co have made progress on some of the agricultural supply chain issues monitored by Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign. But, Ben Cooper writes, the NGO bemoans the companies’ lack of progress on farm worker pay and conditions and support for smallholders.


Why all drinks companies should embrace the circular economy – Sustainability Spotlight 6 May 2016

Declining raw material consumption in the UK is partially a result of better resource efficiency, while continued efforts to boost efficiency are vital in meeting global challenges. In this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at how moving towards the circular economy is fostering innovation in the Scotch whisky sector.


Stop. Collaborate and listen – Sustainability Spotlight 8 Apr 2016

In the second part of this week's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper looks at debate, collaboration and partnership on sustainability objectives, and in particular the challenge of engaging constructively with external stakeholders.


How a strong sustainability position can mitigate risk - Sustainability Spotlight 5 Apr 2016

Spread over two parts this week, just-drinks' latest Sustainability Spotlight sees Ben Cooper consider what is motivating companies to adopt sustainable business practices, and suggest that switching the focus from negative consequences to positive impacts is to be welcomed.


How to turn food waste into a sellable drinks product – Sustainability Spotlight 24 Feb 2016

In this month's look at sustainability in the drinks industry, Ben Cooper meets the founder of a campaign group against waste, who is marketing a new beer, made from unused bread.


How environmental risks pull sustainability aspirations closer to business goals - Sustainability Spotlight 1 Feb 2016

Is the closer association between sustainability and mitigating business risk completely good news? Ben Cooper investigates.


Climate change talks highlight drinks industry's cooperation efforts - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Nov 2015

As world leaders convene in Paris this week for the COP 21 climate change conference, the value of consensus, cooperation and collaboration in the face of the climate change challenge - and the threats posed if they are lacking - come into sharp relief.


Blowing trumpets, setting targets and hostages to fortune - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Oct 2015

Setting an ambitious target and just failing to meet it is surely better than settling for an easy one and romping home with time to spare but, Ben Cooper writes, when setting stretching sustainability targets, companies risk having to admit failure and are judged harshly when they do.


How good a sustainability fit are AB InBev and SABMiller? - Sustainability Spotlight 29 Sep 2015

In a world where sustainability is placed ever higher on the corporate agenda, multinational companies no longer speak solely in terms of shareholder interest but often of the interests of 'stakeholders'.


Sustainability in Drinks - Investors put pressure on drinks companies' water use 27 Aug 2015

World Water Week is an opportunity for companies to convene with other stakeholders to discuss the importance of water stewardship, and also to draw attention to their own initiatives, as Nestle has done.


Sustainability in Drinks - Momentum Shifting on Soda Taxes 31 Jul 2015

The publication of research into the impact of Mexico's soda tax and reports by the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and the British Medical Association have again put soda taxes in the spotlight. Ben Cooper reports


Sustainability in Drinks - Sugar: A Shared Priority 24 Jun 2015

Within the sustainable sourcing challenge for food and drinks producers, the focus on sugarcane is set to increase substantially over the coming years. Not only does sugarcane present daunting sustainability challenges, Ben Cooper writes, but as a key ingredient shared by two of the major beverage sectors it could present opportunities for collective industry engagement.


Sustainability in Drinks - Walking the Walk on Water 20 May 2015

The recent problems that the Coca-Cola Co has encountered in India, and the launch by Diageo of its new Water Blueprint, underline once again just how central water stewardship is to the sustainability strategies of major beverage companies.


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