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Is yours one of the drinks companies failing the water management challenge? - Sustainability Spotlight, Part II 9 Oct 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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.


Is yours one of the drinks companies failing the water management challenge? - Sustainability Spotlight, Part I 6 Oct 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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.


What does alcohol's future look like? - Sustainability Spotlight 12 Sep 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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.


How brands are looking to utilise sustainability to connect with consumers - Sustainability Spotlight 8 Aug 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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.


just-drinks speaks to Carlsberg's sustainability director, Simon Boas Hoffmeyer - Sustainability Spotlight 11 Jul 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

Last month, Carlsberg unveiled ambitious long-term sustainability targets, including a commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions from its breweries by 2030. The company's sustainability director, Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, spoke with Ben Cooper about the rationale behind the new long-range targets.


Drinks industry focuses on road ahead after Trump's Paris climate agreement decision – Sustainability Spotlight 3 Jul 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

Last month, Donald Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord. Ben Cooper looks at how the drinks sector has responded and what US withdrawal means, both for global efforts to address climate change and for multinational beverage corporations.


Do the drinks industry's water stewardship efforts pass muster? - Sustainability Spotlight 3 May 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

The drinks industry's leading position on water stewardship was recognised last month in an important discussion paper, published jointly by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Pacific Institute, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF, looking at the importance of context-based water targets for companies.


Why is the soft drinks sector losing the recycling game? - Sustainability Spotlight 19 Apr 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

A recent report from Greenpeace has condemned the world's largest soft drinks producers for not doing enough to address ocean pollution caused by plastic bottles. The report is particularly critical of the lack of progress on bottle re-use, which suggests to Ben Cooper that this may have to feature more prominently in sustainability strategies if further damaging criticism is to be avoided.


Has sustainability become as important to investors as financial performance? - Sustainability Spotlight 17 Mar 2017

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

For the first time, Dutch brewer Heineken has merged its sustainability report into its main annual report. The increased investor interest in sustainability, coupled with the need to account for risks related to climate change, make it likely more major companies will follow suit. Ben Cooper reports.


Has your company made the water stewardship A-list? - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Nov 2016

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

The latest report from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assessing companies' efforts on water, reveals a strong representation from drinks companies among those companies the project considers to be leaders in water stewardship. Ben Cooper reports.


How can smaller companies improve sustainability standards? - Sustainability Spotlight 3 Nov 2016

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

The aims and achievements of the drinks sector's giants provide a strong lead to the industry's sustainability drive but progress will also hinge on engagement from small and medium-sized players. Ben Cooper looks at how recent actions by trade associations on both sides of the Atlantic will help improve sustainability standards among smaller drinks firms.


Global water targets risk hiding local concerns - Sustainability Spotlight 28 Sep 2016

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

Coca-Cola's recent water-replenishment achievements underline the company's status as a leader in sustainability within the drinks sector. However, Ben Cooper writes, an even greater focus on specific areas of water stress from all drinks companies looks certain to be required to take industry engagement on water to the next level.


Seedlip - A smart move by Diageo in more ways than one - Sustainability Spotlight 30 Aug 2016

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

In this month's Sustainability Spotlight, Ben Cooper examines how Diageo's investment in a UK drinks start-up represents a commercial and sustainability win-win.


The future for drinks industry's waste products - Sustainability Spotlight 27 Jul 2016

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

A fledgling partnership between Jose Cuervo and the Ford Motor Co underlines the potential for the innovative and environmentally positive re-utilisation of waste products from beverage production. Ben Cooper reports.


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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

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.


Sustainability in Drinks - What Craft is Teaching the Multi-Nationals 27 Mar 2015

Column: Sustainability in Drinks

Almost by default, the craft sectors within the overall drinks industry have healthier sustainability credentials than their larger peers. Ben Cooper looks at what the smaller, newer players could teach the big boys.

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