Unilever committed to Israel business

Tubs of ice-cream are seen as a laborer works at Ben & Jerry’s factory in Be’er Tuvia, Israel July 20, 2021.

Ronen Zvulun | Reuters

Unilever’s CEO Alan Jope told investors that the company remains committed to its businesses in Israel during a conference call on Thursday, after its subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s announced earlier this week that it will stop the sale of its ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The ice cream maker, known for its left-leaning political stances, made the move after facing backlash online for its business in the occupied territories. Unilever’s CEO sought to distance the parent company from the decision, saying it was made independently by Ben & Jerry’s.

“Unilever remains fully committed to our business in Israel,” Jope said. “This was a decision that was taken by Ben & Jerry’s and its independent board in line with an acquisition agreement that we signed 20 years ago.”

“I can assure you it is not our intent to…

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