Ben & Jerry's is committed to sourcing Fairtrade ingredients as a way to improve the livelihoods of small family farmers around the world.
As of January 2015, all of our pint, mini cup and scoop shop flavours are made with Fairtrade certified ingredients like sugar, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and bananas. our ingredients and the power of our purchasing decisions to support positive change not only makes sense - it makes our ice cream taste sensational!
We source some of our Fairtrade cocoa powder from cooperatives in the Ivory Coast. This one country sells about 40% of the world’s cocoa, yet only a small percentage of their harvest is sold on Fairtrade terms. The higher prices the farmers receive with Fairtrade, the more they are able to invest in health care, women’s empowerment, micro-credit programs, education and environmental conservation.
We are also sourcing Fairtrade certified cocoa powder from producers in Ghana. With the premium they earn from producing Fairtrade cocoa, Ghanaian producers have created Mobile Health Programs to serve their communities. Income from Fairtrade certified cocoa also supports rural schools, child labor sensitivity workshops and scholarships for children in cocoa communities.
Our chocolate ice cream and many of our delicious chocolate chunks are made with Fairtrade certified cocoa powder. You can also find Fairtrade certified Chocolate at your local Scoop Shop.