Ben & Jerry’s has a reputation as a socially progressive company. So it’s understandable that the ice cream maker’s board doesn’t want its frozen products to be sold in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which the United Nations has long considered. illegal under international law.
But Ben & Jerry’s may not have a choice in the matter. This week, a New York judge ruled that Unilever, its parent company, can move forward with a deal that Allow the ice cream Over the Board’s objections, sales will be made by an Israeli licensee in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s declined to comment.
Ben & Jerry’s corporate activity, in the form of ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s effort to stop selling its products in the West Bank is in keeping with the company’s long history of taking strong political positions. In the summer of 2020 in America, when many corporations tried to address racial inequality after years of ignoring the issue, Ben & Jerry’s emerged as one of them. A most trusted supporter Thanks to its well-established corporate activism in areas such as criminal justice reform.
Indeed, the Vermont-based brand, founded in 1978, is known for its outspoken advocacy on issues ranging from climate change to more than just climate change. Economic inequality, but also to express their social values in the form of limited edition frozen desserts. Peace Pop, for example, Introduced in 1988., 1 percent was promoted for peace.A nonprofit organization promoting international peace efforts by the owners of Ben & Jerry’s.
Here’s an incomplete look at some of his other tasty forays into social and environmental justice over the years:
🐒1988: “Rainforest Crunch” aims to support local nut cooperatives and protect the Amazon rainforest, famously Fails to deliver On his political base
🌳 2002: The Dave Matthews Band collaborated with Ben & Jerry’s.A sweet stroller“A portion of the proceeds goes to the Save Our Environment organization.
🇺🇸 2009: “Retrieved fromYes pecans!”—a phrase on Barack Obama’s campaign tagline—go to the Common Cause Education Fund, which encourages American citizens to participate in politics.
🌎 2015: “Save our rotation.Taste supports climate change action at this year’s Paris Agreement negotiations.
🗳️ 2016: Ben & Jerry’s campaign to combat voter suppression gets an ad boost from “Empower the mintWith a portion of the profits going to the NAACP in North Carolina
🙅♀️ 2018: “Pecan resistanceProtests over the impact of US President Donald Trump’s policies on women, immigrants, people of color and the environment
🌶️ 2019: Racial justice advocacy group The Advancement Project partners with Ben & Jerry’s. Justice RemixIncluding cinnamon bun dough and spiced brownies with chocolate and cinnamon ice cream
✊🏿 2021: Football player and racial equality activist Colin Kaepernick is helping Make vegan flavor “Change Player”
☕ 2021: “Change Is Brewing” flavors include coffee, brownies, and art from black-owned businesses supported by U.S. Rep. Cory Bush. Legislation for police reform
🍫 Coming in 2023: Chocolatey Love A Fair, A new taste The chocolate company, created in partnership with Tony’s Chocolonely, promotes a “mission to end modern slavery in cocoa farming”.