We spend more money on ingredients than on any other part of our business, so who we buy from matters.
We are committed to year-over-year increases in the number of, and total procurement spending with, Black-owned and Black-led suppliers. We see this as intentional investment which will support growing wealth in these communities.
Social Enterprises and Shared Value Creation
We work with companies across our supply chain that share our belief that business can be a force for good.
Partners like Greyston Bakery, with its life-changing open hiring program, and Rhino Foods, with its focus on hiring refugees, show that businesses driven by a social mission can make a huge difference in the world. We look for like-minded partner suppliers who share our values, including many B-Corps.
Thriving Farmers and Farmworkers
The ice cream euphoria we conjure up couldn’t exist without our farmers.
Guided by our core values and our work with respected partner organizations, we help ensure that all farmers and farmworkers in our supply chain — from Vermont dairy farms to smallholder cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast — can thrive. We believe those impacted should be part of the conversation about working conditions and business practices. That’s why we work with organizations like Fairtrade International, where farmers make up half the general assembly, and Milk with Dignity, a pioneering farmworker-led human rights labor standard.
Regenerative Agriculture and Animal Welfare
Regenerative agriculture is about growing food and farming in partnership with nature to create healthy, diverse ecosystems.
That’s key to meeting our goal of having an ongoing positive impact on the environment. We believe in farming systems that keep animals healthy, build rich soil, don’t deforest, and restore degraded natural environments.
We know our footprint, are working throughout our operations to reduce it, and we report on progress annually.
Our waste is put into methane digesters with other farm waste, where it generates energy to power farms.
In 1988 we pioneered a Mission Statement that added a Social Mission alongside the Product & Economic Missions. Each year since we've been delivering a report that tells you how we're doing on that side of the ledger.
In 2012, with the full support of our parent company, Unilever, Ben & Jerry's became the first wholly owned subsidiary in the world to gain B Corp certification.
Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, must meet social, economic, and environmental standards that make them not only the best companies in the world, but the best companies for the world.