Ben & Jerry’s

Vermont
Food Beverage and Tobacco

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High Risk

Summary:

Ben & Jerry's is a self-described activist company that regularly uses its corporate resources to promote legislative agendas such as cannabis legalization, increased abortion access, restrictions on free speech, and more. Its attempt to pull its business out of Israel prompted its parent, Unilever, to step in and sell Ben & Jerry's Israeli branch. Ben & Jerry's scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Ben & Jerry's increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Ben & Jerry's forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. Ben & Jerry's has donated to ideological groups such as Color of Change. The company is committed to carbon neutrality by 2040 and provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. Ben & Jerry's opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company is a Ceres Network Member, committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Ben & Jerry's is a member of the "Don't Ban Equality" business coalition. The company denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. For these reasons, Ben & Jerry's receives a High Risk rating.

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