Ben & Jerry's

Ice Cream

Burlington, Vermont

United States

www.benjerry.com

About Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues.

The B Corp model is a great one to provide the rigor and standards to ensure that we are living up to our own mission and that we push further.

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The Change We Seek®

Ben & Jerry’s overall mission is to make the best product they can, be economically sustainable, and at the same time, create positive social change – specifically to advance new models of economic justice that are both sustainable and replicable.

Within the company Ben & Jerry’s implements things like the ‘Ben & Jerry’s Joy Gang’, a group of employees whose mission is to ‘infuse joy into everything they do’. This includes organizing company wide competitions and theme days, and providing comfort items like a hot cocoa machine for the freezer crew. Their ice cream production model also represents the company’s intention to create positive change. They use locally sourced dairy, cage free eggs, fairly traded products and brownies from fellow Certified B Corp, Greyston Bakery (see ad above). For the environment, Ben & Jerry’s stores their ice cream in environmentally friendly freezers, sources the paper for their pints from a responsible supplier, feeds their ice cream waste to some happy pigs, and has created a ‘Lick Global Warming’ campaign to help fight climate change. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million.

Ben & Jerry’s has a progressive, nonpartisan Social Mission that seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national and international communities. They have long supported nonviolent initiatives that seek to achieve peace. In all of their dealings, they are guided by a mission statement which makes the community’s quality of life integral to and inseparable from our product and financial goals.

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2012
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Has an independent Company Board that's empowered to protect and defend Ben & Jerry's Social Mission Priorities; Produces an annual audited Social and Environmental Assessment Report (SEAR) detailing its mission-related performance

Workers: The lowest paid hourly worker receives 46% above the living wage; Offers supplemental benefits to employees, including health & wellness program, counseling services, community garden, and free product

Community: Contributed >5,000 hours of community service; >40% of board and management are from underrepresented populations; 45% of COGS goes towards investing and supporting small scale suppliers through the Caring Dairy program; Donated >5% of profits to charity

Environment: 100% of U.S. pint containers made with FSC Certified paperboard; Monitors emissions and has specific emissions reduction targets; Monitors water usage and increased % of water recycled on-site bi-annually; Offset >50% of emissions with certified carbon offsets

Ben & Jerry's Full Impact Assessment - 2012
Ben & Jerry's Disclosure Questionnaire

Miscellany: 

Official Press Release Announcing Certification

Ben & Jerry's is a wholly owned subsidiary of Unilever
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