Ben & Jerry's Grassroots Efforts Impact Cancun Community

Franchisees Bring Two Scoops of Activism to Add Fun to Palace Resorts' "Fundacion Palace"

CANCUN, Mexico - Jan. 14, 2016 // PRNewswire // - What comes to mind while eating a scoop of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (besides that it's pretty darn delicious!)? Did you know that Ben & Jerry's is a values based organization and espouses the belief that "Business has a responsibility to give back to the community"? That's why Ben & Jerry's has chosen Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun, Mexico to host their annual Global Franchise Meeting of 2016 from January 14th-17th.

Palace Resorts aligns perfectly with Ben & Jerry's mission and was chosen as the location to host over 400 Ben & Jerry's franchisees and staff due in part to the company's foundation, Fundacion Palace. The Palace Foundation's efforts are a testament of the company's commitment to positively impact the communities the properties are located in throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Both businesses believe in more than simply making a profit, they support a sustainable business model, and strive to make an impact on addressing social needs.

Part of every Ben & Jerry's annual meeting includes a local community project, where meeting attendees will put down their scoops and pick up a paint brush or shovel to give back to the community. Together with Fundacion Palace, Ben & Jerry's will take action in the Cancun community on January 15th by sprucing up Escuela Primaria, Leona Vicaro which supports 420 children. Beautification efforts including gardening and painting, in hopes to improve the quality of the facilities, will result in making a long-lasting impact on the community and its children who attend Leona Vicario.

"We are excited to host over 400 Ben & Jerry's franchisees at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. Palace Resorts is thrilled that Ben & Jerry's will once again unite its philanthropic efforts with Fundacion Palace. It is our hope that by continuously giving back to local communities it will give children, schools and communities a better tomorrow," said Gibran Chapur, Executive Vice President of Palace Resorts.

Ben & Jerry's has long been a socially responsible company, functioning under a three part mission statement focused around social, economic and product efforts. "The only thing sweeter than a scoop of ice cream is giving back to the communities we impact," said Ben & Jerry's CEO, Jostein Solheim. This isn't the first time Ben & Jerry's has chosen Cancun and Moon Palace as the location for their annual global meeting. In 2008 the organization ventured to Cancun and contributed to the local community where Scoop Shop owners cleaned, painted and planted to beautify a school in Puerto Morelos.

The efforts of Ben & Jerry's and Fundacion Palace directly support the shared value of Linked Prosperity. What could be more perfectly paired than a scoop of sweet-laden ice cream with a day of grassroots work to bring a little love to a local community?

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About Ben & Jerry's

As an aspiring social justice company, Ben & Jerry's believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry's incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. In 2014 the company plans to complete its transition to using entirely non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients by source as well as to fully Fairtrade-certified ingredients wherever possible, which benefits farmers in developing countries. Ben and Jerry's products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry's, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Ben & Jerry's became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. The Ben & Jerry's Foundation's employee-led grant programs totaled $2.5MM in 2014 to support economic and social justice, environmental restoration, and peace through understanding. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry's visit

About Palace Resorts

With eight oceanfront resorts overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Mexico and Jamaica. Offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by signature in-room double whirlpool tubs, nightly entertainment, the Caribbean's most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Palace Resorts sets the stage for a truly exceptional experience for travelers. The unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes Palace Resorts a leading provider of world-class resort vacations.

About the Palace Foundation

The Palace Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Cancun, Mexico. The philanthropic institution was created in 2004 by the Directors of Palace Resorts to help contribute to the solution of certain social problems. The Palace Foundation's primary objective is to give hope to those most in need and provide them with resources, time and effort.

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