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Ben Cooper

Ben CooperBiography

Ben Cooper is just-drinks' sustainable business 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.

Columns by Ben Cooper

Sustainability in DrinksSustainability in Drinks

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

Articles by Ben Cooper

Plastic packaging is all the talk among consumers in many marketsWill 2018 be the year we solve the plastic problem? – Sustainability Spotlight 13 February 2018

Earlier this month, just-drinks talked to Evian global brand director Patricia Oliva about the water brand's recent commitment to make all its bottles from recycled plastic by 2025. Here, sustainability editor Ben Cooper considers how Evian's move underlines the increased attention being focused on plastics recycling. Ben also flags up some other sustainability hotspots for the coming year.


The World Economic Forum report finds that global businesses are concerned about the threat of cyberattacksCybersecurity fears deepen as risks intensify - World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2018 - Part II 26 January 2018

As the world's movers and shakers gather in Davos this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Ben Cooper takes an in-depth look at the organisation's latest Global Risks Report. This year's report identifies environmental and cybersecurity issues, geopolitical tensions and economic inequality as predominant threats to global corporations, in spite of the global economic recovery now underway.


The World Economic Forum released it Global Risks Report for 2018 earlier this monthGlobal economic upswing fails to drown out risky outlook - World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2018 - Part I 26 January 2018

As the world's movers and shakers gather in Davos this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Ben Cooper takes an in-depth look at the organisation's latest Global Risks Report. This year's report identifies environmental and cybersecurity issues, geopolitical tensions and economic inequality as predominant threats to global corporations, in spite of the global economic recovery now underway. 


The guardians of globalisation prepare to welcome Trump - Comment 26 January 2018

At a press conference last week to launch the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018, the organisation’s assembled panel of experts was asked whether the ideas of "a group of millionaires" on reforming capitalism would carry much weight with ordinary people. The question alluded to the launch at the WEF annual general meeting this week in Davos of a two-year global dialogue aimed at exploring how market capitalism can be reformed to allow more people to benefit from economic growth. 


How was 2017 for the global wine category?The wine category in 2017 - just-drinks' Review of the Year, Part III - FREE TO ACCESS 12 December 2017

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry over the last 12 months. In this, the third in our four-part category review, Ben Cooper considers how 2017 has treated the wine sector.


The drinks industry must tighten up its game when it comes to water usage, argues CeresIs yours one of the drinks companies failing the water management challenge? - Sustainability Spotlight, Part II 9 October 2017

In the second part of this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper continues his review of the findings from a new report from Ceres on water stewardship, which identifies the leaders and the laggards in the beverage sector, as well as flags the issues that require particular attention.


A recent report from Ceres has given many drinks companies food - or water - for thoughtIs yours one of the drinks companies failing the water management challenge? - Sustainability Spotlight, Part I 6 October 2017

The beverage sector's performance on water stewardship has come under close scrutiny with the publication of a new report from sustainability non-profit organisation Ceres. In a two-part special feature, Ben Cooper examines Ceres' findings and what they say about the beverage sector's response to arguably the most challenging sustainability issue it faces.


Could we see alcohol companies targeting under-LDA consumers in the future?What does alcohol's future look like? - Sustainability Spotlight 12 September 2017

Recent weeks have seen the publication of reports detailing the contrasting drinking habits of younger and older consumers. Ben Cooper ponders what they mean for the long-term sustainability of the alcohol sector.


Why drinks companies will struggle to break Generation Z - Consumer Trends 7 September 2017

This month, Ben Cooper examines what a new report from marketing consultants Protein on Generation Z - or Gen Z - consumers may mean for marketers, particularly for those in the drinks arena.


Many drinks brands are making sustainability a major message in their marketingHow brands are looking to utilise sustainability to connect with consumers - Sustainability Spotlight 8 August 2017

In late-July, Coca-Cola European Partners unveiled an increased 2020 target for recycled content in its plastic bottles in the UK. just-drinks' sustainability commentator, Ben Cooper, believes this news also underlines the role that brands can play in encouraging consumers to recycle.




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