Ben and Jerry's

Certified B Corporation
Headquarters

Vermont, United States

Certified Since

September 2012

Sector

Manufacturing

Operates In

United States

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. 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. 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.

Overall B Impact Score

Based on the B Impact assessment, Ben and Jerry's earned an overall score of 110.0. The median score for ordinary businesses who complete the assessment is currently 50.9.
110
110 Overall B Impact Score
80 Qualifies for B Corp Certification
50.9 Median Score for Ordinary Businesses

Governance 16.7

The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.

Mission & Engagement2.7
Corporate Accountability1.4
Ethics1.3
Transparency3.9
+ Mission Locked7.5

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.


Workers 27.0

The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.

Compensation & Wages10.2
Benefits9.2
Training & Education1.5
Worker Ownership1.8
Management & Worker Communication1.2
Job Flexibility/Corporate Culture1.9
Occupational Health & Safety1.2

Community 44.1

The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and inclusion; economic impact; civic engagement; charitable giving; and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.

Job Creation2.5
Diversity & Inclusion3.1
Civic Engagement & Giving7.4
Local Involvement2.5
Suppliers, Distributors & Product10.0
+ Supply Chain Poverty Alleviation18.6

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.


Environment 22.2

The Environment Impact Area evaluates a company's overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company's operations and, when applicable, its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.

Land, Office, Plant6.1
Inputs7.7
Outputs5.6
Transportation, Distribution & Suppliers2.3
+ Designed to Conserve Manufacturing Process0

What is this? A company with an Impact Business Model is intentionally designed to create a specific positive outcome for one of its stakeholders - such as workers, community, environment, or customers.


Customers 0.0

The Customers Impact Area evaluates a company's stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.



Previous Overall B Impact Scores

2017 Overall B Impact Score110
2014 Overall B Impact Score101.2
2013 Overall B Impact Score86.7
2012 Overall B Impact Score88.7

Additional Documentation

Ben & Jerry's FAQ

Ben & Jerry's Public Assessment 2017


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