Sustainability in Drinks

Sustainability in Drinks

By: Ben Cooper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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