Jostein Solheim now in his fifth year as Chief Executive Officer at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. is not your average CEO. Solheim continues to champion the iconic ice cream maker as it navigates its next chapter in business history. The vision, according to Solheim, is that Ben & Jerry’s must continue to aspire to be a social justice company that just happens to make ice cream.
The native of Norway challenges the roughly 500 Vermont employees to practice the company’s belief to “love its fans more than they love Ben & Jerry’s,” both with new and innovative flavors and in creative ways to continue to give back to the community. In addition Solheim and his team work with Unilever, its parent company, to partner in 35 countries around the world to bring Ben & Jerry’s message of peace, love and ice cream to the masses.
Unilever is where Jostein has amassed two decades of business experience. The juxtaposition perfectly positions Solheim with a foot in each camp to be able to meet and exceed the expectations of both Unilever – responsible for manufacturing, distribution and finance, and Ben & Jerry’s independent Board of Directors who oversee the company’s Social Mission, quality and brand equity.
Jostein is proud to have the support of Ben & Jerry’s cofounders – Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen – especially as he continues the company’s focus on Social Mission projects such as values led sourcing, supporting Fairtrade, non-GMO labeling, being established as the first wholly-owned certified b-corporation and other progressive endeavors. The CEO and the ice cream namesakes recently marched for climate justice awareness in New York City along with 10 busloads of Vermont coworkers, friends and allies of the environment.
Jostein will be participating in the breakout session on Corporate Social Impact: Making Your CSR Efforts Count.
We invite you to join Jostein and our other special guests for four days of exceptional programs, inspired discussions and networking with fellow mid-market CEOs at the 2015 CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention.