At Ben & Jerry’s we believe the science of global warming is settled. The question now, is what are we doing about it?
For us, the issue of global warming is not just an environmental issue; it is an issue of social and economic justice. Climate justice, if you will. The rich developed countries of the north are responsible for the overwhelming majority of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere that are driving global warming. And it is the least developed and poorest countries of the south that will suffer the worst impacts and are least able to afford to adapt.
All businesses have greenhouse gas emissions associated with their operations – at Ben & Jerry’s, we have ours. We rely on agriculture for our main ingredients; manufacturing to make our products; trucks to transport our finished products; and freezers to store our products. We know our footprint, are working throughout our operations to reduce it, and we report on progress annually.
Here is some of our work.
1. We will use the power of our brand to collaborate with other like-minded companies to raise public awareness about the urgency of climate change. We will be a public advocate for a strong global climate agreement and aggressive climate legislation in the United States and other countries where we have a presence. Learn more about our membership in BICEP (business for innovative climate & energy policy).
2. We will seek ways to support the climate justice movement, which aims to protect vulnerable populations in developing countries from the worst effects of climate disruption.
3. We will support the development of renewable energy around the world.
4. We will work to constantly improve efficiencies at our manufacturing plants. View our scorecard.
5. We will work with dairy farmers to address their sources of on-farm emissions. View our SEAR report.
6. We will continue a strong carbon offset program to mitigate the climate impacts of our global business. Learn about carbon offsets.