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Climate Change Case Study WIP



Challenge

With 2014 being the hottest year on record, Ben & Jerry's said enough is enough. "If it's melted, it's ruined," said co-founder Ben Cohen, a philosophy that goes far beyond ice cream. Believers that businesses have a responsibility to promote social change and progress, they began a campaign to empower their fans in fighting to regain climate control.

On September 21, 2014, Ben & Jerry's took to the streets at the People's Climate March - the largest climate march in history. Millions of people marched at over 2,600 events in 162 countries to demand change from leaders in the United Nations. 

Solution

Defining themselves as a "social justice company that just happens to sell ice cream," Ben & Jerry's came to us to help spread their message of climate justice and to empower their fans to take action immediately.

The People's Climate March was just the beginning for Ben & Jerry's. Filming candid interviews with youth activists, as well as key individuals from Greenpeace and Ben & Jerry's, we crafted this short film to tell the incredibly important story of climate change and help kick-start Ben & Jerry's platform for action, demanding a transition to 100% renewable energy.

CASE STUDY WIP



Challenge

Ever since the early days of making ice cream in an old renovated gas station, Ben & Jerry’s has been a company with a purpose even bigger than ice cream. With 2015 shaping up to be a historic year for LGBT equality – and marriage equality specifically – the company wanted to get involved in a big way. “Love is love,” they said, “How can we bring that message to our fans and get them to take action?”

Approach

We answered that question with a multi-media marriage equality campaign designed to spread the love far and wide.

Producing two short films, we shared the story of everyday LGBT couples and how they fight the hurdles society has created to share their lives with the ones they love. Exploring the difference between tolerance and acceptance, we shared Ben & Jerry's long time commitment to their employees and the LGBT community while positioning the company as an advocate for change.

The height of the campaign hit when Ben & Jerry's honorarily renamed their all time best selling flavor - "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough" to "I Dough, I Dough." Proceeds from pint sales went to the Human Rights Campaign - a non profit responsible for spearheading the movement for federal legislation on marriage equality. The rename was announced in celebration of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the right to marry.

Want to know what's happening with the upcoming SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality? http://benjerrys.co/1Sznlmz

Posted by Ben & Jerry's on Monday, June 22, 2015

Love wins! We say “I Dough, I Dough” to the historic SCOTUS ruling for Marriage Equality by renaming Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in participating Scoop Shops.

Posted by Ben & Jerry's on Friday, June 26, 2015

Yesterday was an historic day. But, we still have work to do. Love is love.

Posted by Ben & Jerry's on Saturday, June 27, 2015

Results

The result of the campaign was X number pieces of original content that gathered X number of total impressions and X number total time increase on BenJerry.com. Most importantly, we helped share Ben & Jerry's core values and positioned the company as an example of using business to fight for what you believe in. Because when you go to work, you shouldn't have to leave your values at the door.