Ben & Jerry's Fair Trades

Ben & jerry's does not take advantage of their providers

This company is a fair trade company!

Ben & Jerry's ice cream company does NOT underpay their providers. They are a fair trade company, which means they pay the providers such as farms in Uganda a fair amount of money for their vanilla and other ingredients. In 2005 Ben & Jerry's made a commitment to get all the ingredients bought in third world countries to be certified as fair trade ingredients by 2013 because they felt it was important to have ice cream made with natural ingredients that is collected by children that are paid fairly for their work. As of 2013 all the ingredients such as sugar, cocoa, bananas, and vanilla are fairly traded. For example when the bananas and cocoa beans are collected they are put on boats then sent to Ben & Jerry's factories around the world the company sends them money and the process of making the ice cream takes place. The ice cream is mixed together with the delicious natural ingredients to make flavors such as Half Baked or Cherry Garcia which are shipped to stores such as Walmart and Target then bought by us (the customers) and eaten. But yet the young children in those third world countries are sent to those farms to work and pay off debt that their parents built up which is not right but it is also not illegal in those countries. So then best thing that Ben & Jerry's can do is pay a fair amount for labor the kids do. In conclusion those children still need help but since it's not illegal in those countries we can't do a hole lot, but we can do little things like pay them fairly and that's exactly what Ben & Jerry's does.

Countries that provide ingredients

Vanilla- Uganda

Cocoa- Ivory Coast/ Ghana

Sugar- Belize

Bananas- El Guabo (town in Mexico)

Our Fairtrade Family |Ben & Jerry's

Free the slaves movement

Speaking at their annual franchise, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have publicly declared themselves allies of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (which is an organization within another organization called free the salves). Cohen urged franchise owners to sell T-shirts benefiting the work of Hands Up United, a grassroots organization founded by St. Louis hip-hop artist and activist Tef Poe and activist Taureen “Tory” Russell.


Some people might say, “We can’t sell those T-shirts in our shops it’s controversial." But isn’t that exactly the point? If it wasn't controversial, we wouldn’t need to do it. At some point we have to ask ourselves. What do we stand for? Whose side are you on?

What can be done

You may be asking yourself a very important question. What can be done? Well to the answer to that is anything and especially if you talking about Ben & Jerry's fair trade ice cream. For instance you could donate some money to the Free The Slaves Movement or any other organizations/charities maybe even send a letter to the company about what you like about what they are doing and what they should be doing but what matters is that you can do something anything for that matter, you just need to get up and start.

Bibliography

"Ben & Jerry's Now Sourcing Fairtrade Ingredients for All Ice Cream Flavors." TreeHugger. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 F


Fairtrade at Ben & Jerry's." Http://www.benjerry.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.



Savali, Kirsten West. "Ben & Jerry’s Founders Support #BlackLivesMatter in a Bold Display of Solidarity." N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.