Jostein Solheim CEO of ben and jerry's

Introduction

  • Joined Ben and Jerry's six years ago from Unilever
  • Grew up in Norway
  • Attended United World College
  • "the key is practicing this outside that narrow group so you can really connect with others and absorb and appreciate their experiences and the way they see the world" (Solheim, 2016).
  • "My target as CEO is to grow the social impact of Ben and Jerry’s ahead of sales" (Solheim, 2016).

Biography

  • Born in Bergen, Norway
  • Lives in Vermont
  • Knicknamed Scooper Man
  • Worked with ice cream for fifteen years
  • Reads 3-4 newspapers a day from different countries
  • Passionate about social and environmental challenges

Team Application

  • Jostein Solheim takes a stand on social issues
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Economic inequalities

Ethical Approach

  • Ben & Jerry’s three-part mission guides their decision making
  • Product mission, economic mission, social mission
  • Positive impact on society with many CSR initiatives
  • Take a Stand for Children
  • Rock the Vote!
  • Cool Your Jets
  • “Peace, love, and ice cream”

Biblical Integration

  • Jeremiah 2:7-And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.
  • Numbers 35:33-34-You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”

Conclusion

  • “My target as CEO is to grow the social impact of Ben and Jerry’s ahead of sales” (Ashoka)
  • Three-part mission: product, economic, and social
  • As Christians, we have a responsibility to the environment

Questions

  • How involved should companies be in social issues?
  • To what extent should companies take a stand on political issues?

References

Ashoka. (2016, Febuary 10). Entrepreneurs . Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2016/02/10/jostein-solheim-of-ben-jerrys-empathy-is-not-simply-the-flavor-of-the-month/2/#2177e1137023

How We're Structured | Ben & Jerry’s. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline

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