just-drinks authors and correspondents
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
Every month, Ben Cooper casts his eye over sustainability efforts in the global drinks industry.
Articles by Ben Cooper
Diageo's decision to sell its wine interests reflects how wine offers fewer synergies with other beverage categories and does not always sit easily within the multi-sector portfolios of global beverage companies. In the sustainability arena, wine companies clearly face specific and unique challenges but close links with the agricultural supply chain also bring benefits.
The fact that the three newest members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) are all wine companies suggests that, in spite of unique factors that set the wine category apart from beer, spirits and soft drinks, there is plenty of common ground and potential for sharing learning and best practice.
The growth in draft wine sales in the on-premise channel in the US and in Europe offers keg wine specialists, on-premise outlets and wine companies the potential for commercial gain. But, the sustainability benefits are also clear.
As part of their sustainability missions, companies across many sectors are placing increasing emphasis on supporting employee volunteering. The wine industry appears to be no exception, if the approach of two major wine groups is anything to go by.
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.
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.
It has never been entirely clear whether the gulf between Champagne and other sparkling wines is down to an inferiority complex on the part of the latter or the superiority complex of the former.
The non-Champagne sparkling wine sector is set for a period of "healthy growth" over the next five years following the category’s slowdown in 2014, according to recently-released research.
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'.
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.
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