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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #80 on: July 20, 2021, 02:19:03 PM »
https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1993054/ben-jerrys-israel-dont-boycott-us-we-withstood-intense-pressure.html

Does B&J Israel have any legal recourse against the parent company ? While theyre allowed to say what they want, franchising out to somebody & then destroying his business with a year & a half left on his contract doesnt sound like something they should be allowed to do.
Or is that in the contract too ?

FWIW:

I asked for a source, but he's not the type to make stuff up.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #82 on: July 20, 2021, 02:27:54 PM »
I can say I will not be eating anymore Cherry Garcia for a while, de Blasio replied. He then criticized Ben & Jerrys announcement, saying, Thats sad to me. I dont know them well but Ive met them over the years and I think theyre good people literally Ben and Jerry. I think theyre good people with good values, but this is a mistake. They shouldnt do this.

BDS is a movement that will undermine peace in the Middle East. Its as simple as that. You cannot have peace if you undermine the economic reality and create division. I just believe thats absolutely the wrong approach and I dont think Ben and Jerrys should be doing that. DeBlasio

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #83 on: July 20, 2021, 02:39:09 PM »
Gonna be mighty interesting to see how this plays out. Not with the boycotts, IMHO B&J will easily be able to ride that wave. But the licensee is sure to kick up as big a fuss as they can, and Unilever might try to take the opportunity to get rid of the activism clause.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #84 on: July 20, 2021, 02:57:22 PM »
Gonna be mighty interesting to see how this plays out. Not with the boycotts, IMHO B&J will easily be able to ride that wave. But the licensee is sure to kick up as big a fuss as they can, and Unilever might try to take the opportunity to get rid of the activism clause.
OTOH, more companies may follow, as it becomes a style to show support to PA. Just like every website had Pride designs during pride month, and a black theme during BLM.
I do understand that changing a web page is easier than pulling out of a state, but depending the amount of pressure they recieve we can se a wave of more boycotts coming.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #85 on: July 20, 2021, 02:58:09 PM »
Only for not being sufficiently woke. When has a backtrack gone the other way?
Didn't Coca Cola do that recently? I can't remember the exact details.

ETA: I think it had to do with the Georgia voting laws.
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #86 on: July 20, 2021, 03:00:21 PM »
Gonna be mighty interesting to see how this plays out. Not with the boycotts, IMHO B&J will easily be able to ride that wave. But the licensee is sure to kick up as big a fuss as they can, and Unilever might try to take the opportunity to get rid of the activism clause.

I doubt Unilever can get rid of it, these socialists are smart and know how to use contracts, laws and courts for their cause. Unless some court (SCOTUS?) rules that it violates some constitutional right.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #87 on: July 20, 2021, 03:11:33 PM »
FWIW:

I asked for a source, but he's not the type to make stuff up.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/ben-jerry-s-withdraws-sales-israeli-settlements-clashes-parent-company-n1274403
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #88 on: July 20, 2021, 03:12:57 PM »
Just like every website had Pride designs during pride month, and a black theme during BLM.
This is very different

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #89 on: July 20, 2021, 03:26:54 PM »
"They are trying to destroy the soul of the company. We want this company to be led by values and not be dictated by the parent company."
Then whyd you ever agree to take their money ?

Yehuda57, Im not impressed. What do they risk losing ?

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #90 on: July 20, 2021, 03:37:16 PM »
"They are trying to destroy the soul of the company. We want this company to be led by values and not be dictated by the parent company."
Then whyd you ever agree to take their money ?


They took the money on condition they would still control the social mission. They are claiming that Unilever broke that agreement. I'm assuming they would have gotten more money without the clause.

Yehuda57, Im not impressed. What do they risk losing ?

I don't understand what you're asking me.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #91 on: July 20, 2021, 03:57:11 PM »
How many boycotts have we seen in the last 5 years? Which one has been successfull?

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #92 on: July 20, 2021, 04:00:00 PM »
I don't understand what you're asking me.
Im disagreeing with this statement.
They're famously Progressive activists who want to actually impact the world and not just make money. It's quite an inspiring story.
Once they took Unilevers money & got that clause put in, they can shoot their mouth off with impunity. I dont see anything inspiring about this.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #93 on: July 20, 2021, 04:02:56 PM »
They took the money on condition they would still control the social mission. They are claiming that Unilever broke that agreement. I'm assuming they would have gotten more money without the clause.

What remains to be argued out with the lawyers is whether that social mission gives them the right to end contracts and to not sell their product or does it only mean that they get to shoot their mouths off.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #94 on: July 20, 2021, 04:06:48 PM »
Im disagreeing with this statement.Once they took Unilevers money & got that clause put in, they can shoot their mouth off with impunity. I dont see anything inspiring about this.

They were "shooting their mouths off" from the beginning, long before they could ever dream of being bought out by anyone, let alone a deal like Unilever. They were warned numerous times that their activism would cause them to lose sales, and they stuck to their principles. Whether that actually made them more money is up for discussion. Obviously, we disagree on how best to impact others, but I think it is certainly inspiring - i.e. we can learn from it - to see people use a successful business as a tool for impacting others.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #95 on: July 20, 2021, 05:07:22 PM »
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Ben & Jerrys parent company, Unilever, Tuesday that the ice cream makers move to halt sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory could carry severe consequences.

Prime Minister Bennett spoke with Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever which owns Ben & Jerrys and made it clear that he views with utmost gravity the decision by Ben & Jerrys to boycott Israel and added that this is a subsidiary of Unilever, which has taken a clearly anti-Israel step, the prime ministers office said on Twitter.

The British consumer goods conglomerate acquired Vermont-based Ben & Jerrys in 2000.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #96 on: July 20, 2021, 06:43:55 PM »
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Ben & Jerrys parent company, Unilever, Tuesday that the ice cream makers move to halt sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory could carry severe consequences.

Prime Minister Bennett spoke with Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever which owns Ben & Jerrys and made it clear that he views with utmost gravity the decision by Ben & Jerrys to boycott Israel and added that this is a subsidiary of Unilever, which has taken a clearly anti-Israel step, the prime ministers office said on Twitter.

The British consumer goods conglomerate acquired Vermont-based Ben & Jerrys in 2000.

Unilever is huge, and sells a ton of product in Israel. If this continues escalating it can cause a lot of damage to Unilever.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #97 on: July 20, 2021, 06:48:57 PM »
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the head of Ben & Jerrys parent company, Unilever, Tuesday that the ice cream makers move to halt sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory could carry severe consequences.

Prime Minister Bennett spoke with Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever which owns Ben & Jerrys and made it clear that he views with utmost gravity the decision by Ben & Jerrys to boycott Israel and added that this is a subsidiary of Unilever, which has taken a clearly anti-Israel step, the prime ministers office said on Twitter.

The British consumer goods conglomerate acquired Vermont-based Ben & Jerrys in 2000.
This puts them in a tough position as political activism was a part of their contract.

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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #98 on: July 20, 2021, 07:11:18 PM »
https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001378828

Amazing poor journalism where they can't get names or genders of key people in the article correctly.
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Re: Ben & Jerrys To Stop Selling In "Occupied Palestinian Territory"
« Reply #99 on: July 20, 2021, 07:51:08 PM »