ad:Tech and Unilever in startup sustainability hack

ad:Tech and Unilever in startup sustainability hack

STARTUPS WITH a penchant for sustainability are invited to participate in a specially arranged hackathon at ad:tech London for a chance to impress and partner with Unilever. 

As the headline sponsor of ad:tech London Future Media & Technology Summit, Unilever is set to engage with startups across the conference in a variety of initiatives including the hack. The Unilever Foundry brief reads:

In a data driven, always-on world, how can we bring the idea ...

The Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New Follow the Frog Campaign

The Rainforest Alliance Partners with the Guardian on New Follow the Frog Campaign

THE RAINFOREST Alliance has announced a new platform for its annual Follow the Frog campaign. In partnership with the Guardian, Follow the Frog 2014 will be a 10-month integrated experience designed to foster engagement with a growing population that care about sustainability and want to take action in their daily lives.

Follow the Frog will come to life on the innovative, online platform, entitled Vital Signs, with a mix of fresh, ...

Sodexo appoints new business development director for universities

Sodexo appoints new business development director for universities

SODEXO HAS appointed Tracey Smith as business development director for its universities business.

 

Tracey has extensive experience in the education sector and joins Sodexo from Aramark where she achieved significant success in the higher education market.

Following on from Sodexo’s launch of its Student Living offer last year, the appointment of Tracey will see the company further develop its position in this marketplace, with an emphasis on Sodexo’s commitment to providing quality of ...

Green Party call for £10 minimum wage

Green Party call for £10 minimum wage

THE GREEN Party has called for the statutory minimum wage to be raised to living wage levels immediately and for a £10 per hour minimum wage for all by 2020.

At the Party’s recent autumn conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett set out their new proposal which called for the current minimum wage of £6.31 to be raised immediately to £7.35.

Under the new plans the minimum wage would be linked ...

M&S strikes landmark deal to buy biomethane gas certificates

M&S strikes landmark deal to buy biomethane gas certificates

MARKS & SPENCER has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 Mega-Watt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will reduce its carbon footprint by over 6,400 tonnes and source the equivalent amount of energy to heat 15 M&S Simply Food stores all year round.

Biomethane gas is 50 per cent more carbon efficient than average gas supplies and is generated by anaerobic digestion, fuelled by ...

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The arrival of genetically edited food

The arrival of genetically edited food

GM TECHNOLOGY has traditionally long been a hard sell.

Coupling the words “genetic” and “modification” hasn’t helped, and neither has the involvement of big corporate biotech firms. But how about “genetic editing”? The phrase has been coined by researchers in Italy. Instead of introducing new genes into plants and crops, the plants’ genetic makeup is edited so preferable traits can be expressed. The result? Bananas that produce more vitamin A and apples ...

This is the one

This is the one

WITHIN A week Scotland will have decided whether to stay with the UK or go it alone. But what does this all mean for the food and drink sector, north and south of the border?

This month Scotland will vote on whether to remain a part of the UK or go it alone. As Footprint went to press, Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, respectively the leader of the Scottish National Party ...

My Viewpoint: Authenticity is the bedrock of  sustainability

My Viewpoint: Authenticity is the bedrock of sustainability

RED FACES all round at Greenpeace this summer as it emerged that one of its directors regularly commutes by air from his home in Luxembourg to the NGO’s HQ in Amsterdam.

Greenpeace initially defended Pascal Husting’s frequent flying on the grounds that he has a young family, the train journey is a 12-hour round trip, and it was only meant to be temporary.

This argument would stand up for anybody other than ...

The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

The political print: DEFRA the poisoned challis

THE CABINET reshuffle seems to have inflamed a very public spat between he deposed environment secretary, Owen Paterson, and Greenpeace. Claims and counterclaims, regarding burning effigies and death threats, provided the Guardian and Daily Telegraph with plenty of copy. Paterson’s removal seems to have been the most controversial, but is that because the man himself is a heretic?

Paterson was told to solve the issue of bovine TB; he was the ...

Costa care

Costa care

THE DEPARTMENT of Health met the government buying standards for 44% of the food it bought last year.

This doesn’t include hospitals, though they have been encouraged to follow the standards. The Daily Telegraph has taken a particular interest in hospital food, reporting in January that more than one in three hospitals trusts have cut their spending on patients’ meals in the past year. Some are spending as little as 69p a ...

Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal’s Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn’t  ruled out legislation

 

The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?

 

Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do ...

Waste Utopia: Innovation & collaberation

IN AN ideal world, there would be a nice ‘closed loop’ approach to packaging, meaning that all materials are recycled, processed and reused by the supply chain to create either more packaging or something else. this, however, is not the case just yet.

 

The glamourous side of my job means that I spend a fair amount of time looking in the ...