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Ben & Jerry’s is a high-quality ice cream company, known for its unusual and memorably named flavors, including Chunky Monkey, Phish Food, and Americone Dream.
Established in 1985, the iconic ice cream company was founded on a belief that businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community. The Ben & Jerry’s mission strives to create positive social change, with a focus on advancing sustainable and replicable new models of economic justice. To do it the company donates 7.5% of its annual pre-tax profits to its employee-run foundation, in addition to using its status to advocate for social, political, and environmental change. Ben & Jerry’s advocacy campaigns have run the gamut from climate change to oil drilling to gay marriage. The company also strives to ensure its production processes support positive change, noting that it uses locally sourced dairy, cage-free eggs, fairly traded products. In 1989, the company also made the decision to use milk solely from cows that were not treated with the synthetic hormone rBGH.
Ben & Jerry’s is considered a pioneer in corporate advocacy and grassroots support, particularly against climate change. The company created the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation to engage its employees in philanthropic and social change work – giving them the deciding voice on which issues they would like the foundation to focus on. The Foundation has traditionally given back to its local communities in Vermont, and supported grassroots activism and community organizing for social and environmental justice around the country. The company was acquired by consumer packaged goods giant Unilever in 2000.