Ben Cohen

Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry

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Bringing all of this to life at the lecture podium, Cohen’s presentation delivers a rousing tribute to America’s entrepreneurial spirit, full of anecdotes and radical business philosophy focusing on the importance of bringing social responsibility to the business world. The great sense of fun that is the company’s hallmark is brought to the program with the serving of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the entire audience.

Ben is one of the kindest, most engaging, and inspirational guests we have had on this campus. As students, we are often preoccupied with grades and goals for the academic year. Your talk reminded many of us that while succeeding is important, there are many other ways to leave an impact on this planet.

- CU Boulder Cultural Events Board

About Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen and his long-time friend and business partner Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked-about—and least conventional—success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Ben has helped to build a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by making social responsibility and creative management strengths instead of weaknesses.

His book Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun provides a road map for starting a successful business that is environmentally and socially conscious. Using real-life examples, the books shows how “triple bottom line” practices—profits, people, and planet—have helped businesses thrive. Ben and his co-author, Mal Warwick, also address the varied roles of customers, employees, the community, the environment, shareholders, and owners.

With his best-seller, Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: How to Run a Values-Led Business and Make Money Too (co-authored with Greenfield), Ben created both a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of “values-led” business, and an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the “socially conscience” or “mission-driven” corporation.

Today a model for American business success, Ben and Jerry have been recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility by the Council on Economic Priorities, (which awarded them the Corporate Giving award in 1988 for donating 7.5 percent of their pre-tax profits to nonprofit organizations through the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation,) and by the U.S. Small Business Administration, (which named them U.S. Small Business Persons of the Year in 1988 in a White House ceremony hosted by President Reagan.)

Ben has served on the boards of the Social Venture Network, Hampshire College, Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Business for Social Responsibility.

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  • An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy

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