Article list

03 November 2010
The following are suggestions for how to put the pledge in to practice. 1. Prepare Put in place a system of internal reporting, assess current levels of activity and review previous experience. Within companies, this may involve; Defining what constitutes work experience and skills development opportunities within your business Agreeing the areas your business will measure ...
14 October 2010
Growth in the convenience sector is, in part, the result of the changes in consumers' lifestyles and, as a result, capturing this growth  requires an innovative and responsive approach from operators. Here, we explore some of the ways in which retailers are capitalising on developments in technology and services in order to adapt to the evolving needs of their customers and deliver a m...
08 October 2010
The world is changing … business is changing … presenting new and difficult questions. Our planet is reaching critical limits. Our economy is undergoing major surgery. And our technology is leaping ahead. These are momentous times … and food … and consumer goods … are at the very heart of it. We're the biggest industry by far ... employing about a third of the world's population. We...
29 September 2010
  Access research into consumers' knowledge of sugars and their understanding of the terms associated with sugars and sugar processing Develop consumer-targeted messages about sugars Gain information about the labelling of sugars on food and drink products, and the terms used to describe sugars in the diet This report aims to help food businesses improve consumer understanding of...
07 September 2010
Over the past year, the three partners have worked together in Peru, Tanzania, Ukraine and South Africa to begin this process, building on work undertaken by SAB Miller and WWF in the Czech Republic and South Africa in 2008. In each country detailed water footprints have been undertaken to provide greater insight and an in-depth understanding of the risks faced. With this knowledge, the partners...
01 September 2010
When people think of Switzerland, their minds probably turn to chocolate, watches or neutrality. But this landlocked country is also home to a flourishing and dynamic consumer goods industry. The Swiss grocery retail market is estimated to be worth EUR44.9bn in 2012, rising to EUR45.2bn in 2013.  The top two retailers are domestic operators Migros and Coop Schweiz, but discounter...
31 August 2010
Food inflation is back in the headlines and, as usual, the source is water. In 2007, the Australian wheat and rice crop was almost wiped out by drought, coinciding with low rainfall across Canada and Europe. Global wheat prices doubled and Sam’s Club in the USA began to ration rice. In 2010, Russia is set to lose a quarter of its wheat yield to drought. The floods in Pakistan will cause t...
15 July 2010
More often than not, sustainability issues are closely related. Water and carbon are a good example. This article explores just how the two are inexorably and critically linked. Water and power generation + droughts = power shortage Water plays a vital role in the energy generation sector. In the UK, nearly 30% of water abstraction is undertaken in connection with generating electric...
10 June 2010
Despite the recession, 2009 proved to be a challenging year for discounters in many European markets. So does this signal a pause or a full stop in the discounters’ growth story? Here, we look at the reasons behind this subdued performance and explore the growth prospects for the channel. Mixed success for discounters across Europe Last year seemed like the perfect storm for disc...
07 June 2010
We can expect dramatic changes in the energy sector in the coming decades. This report encourages businesses, both in the energy sector and beyond, to look at how this will impact on their firms. The transition towards a low carbon economy and the interim volatility in traditional fossil fuel markets presents businesses with numerous risks but also opportunities. Download now Date: June ...