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Ben Cohen

Burlington, VT

Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen serves Heifer International’s Board of Directors as an At-Large Representative residing in the North America region.

Cohen is co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Currently, he is the head stamper of StampStampede.org.

Along with childhood friend, Jerry Greenfield, Cohen started Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in 1978. Ben & Jerry's developed a unique values-led business model, went public, and grew to $300 million before it was acquired by Unilever in 2000. Ben resigned as chief executive officer of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in 1995, and was chairman until 2000.

As the company gradually grew into a nationwide business and one of the largest ice cream companies in the USA, Cohen turned his new-found wealth and prominence toward a variety of social causes, generally through the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. The Foundation receives 7.5% of all Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream pre-tax profits and distributes funds to organizations such as the Anti-Displacement Project.

Cohen was honored by the New York Open Center in 2000 for his “leadership in pioneering socially responsible business.” He also was a U.S. Small Business Person of the Year in 1988. He has received several honorary doctorates and is the author of several books.

In addition to helping to launch Stamp Stampede, Cohen founded Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities and TrueMajority, and has served on several boards including Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Hampshire College. He currently serves on the boards of AlterEco, a fair trade foods company and Movement Resource Group.