Ben & Jerry’s acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. We acknowledge that this always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.
At Ben & Jerry's, we are committed to furthering our education of Australia's Traditional Custodians and finding opportunities to support business practices that are in the spirit of reconciliation
We seek in all we do, at every level of our business, to advance human rights and dignity, support social and economic justice for historically marginalized communities, and protect and restore the Earth's natural systems. In other words: we use ice cream to change the world!
Many people ask us why we don’t make Ben & Jerry’s here in Australia, and we think it’s a good question! It’s all about our carbon hoof-print. When we crunched the numbers we learned that the smaller quantities of ice cream we’d be making locally would be too carbon intensive due to the extra carbon footprint from bringing only a small amount of Fairtrade ingredients to Australia from all over the world.
Our carbon hoof-print is much smaller if we make our pints in our low-emissions factories in the US and the EU, and then use special green freezers to slow boat them across to Australia for you to enjoy!
If you’d like to read more about our carbon hoof-print, how we measure it and what we’re doing to address it, check it out here.
We have a great herd of employees, franchisees and scoopers located all over Australia. Our team is dedicated to delivering our fans the best of our dough-licious ice cream and euphoric Scoop Shop experiences! Together, we all work towards Ben & Jerry’s Social Mission in Australia.
We have a progressive, nonpartisan social mission that seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national, and international communities by integrating these concerns in our day-to-day business activities.
In addition to our advocacy work, in Australia this includes supporting local NGOs and not-for-profits such as the Seabins Foundation, Half Cut, Enova Community Energy, 350.org Australia as well as working with our partners to bring our fans into movements that drive progressive change in the world.
We have opened the world’s first Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in Newtown, Sydney where 100% of profits are donated to charity, with our partner The Pure Collective. Pure works to provide job opportunities and training for Australian refugees and also support other individuals who need a second chance in life.
We also use our behind-the-scenes business practices as a force for good whenever possible. We are led by our values in our hiring and sourcing practices - such as, using recycled timber in our Scoop Shop fit-outs and values-led hiring practices where possible and values-led sourcing practices where possible too. We source the merchandise racks and other wooden items in our Scoop Shops from The Bower, an environmental not-for-profit with a strong and ambitious social agenda, or our uniforms which are made by Liminal Apparel, an organic & ethically made social enterprise which helps create good jobs and choices in communities in Kolkata, India.
As a company it is part of our mission to involve our local community, which is why in our recent Cairns scoop store, we engaged a talented local artist to create our striking shop mural. Here's a behind-the-scenes video of her creation.
All Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops across Australia have been dedicated in supporting their local communities to advance human rights and dignity, fight for social and economic justice for the historically marginalized, and protect and restore the Earth's natural systems.
Led by the passionate efforts of our Scoop Shop staff, our stores have supported local community initiatives such as community fundraising, tree-planting, beach clean-ups, raising awareness for mental health, blood drives, and aiding local homeless shelters.
Head to your local Scoop Shop to find out how you can participate.