Florida to start divesting Ben & Jerry’s parent company following West Bank boycott
The US state of Florida is on the verge of seceding from the Unilever conglomerate, following a boycott of the settlements announced several months ago by its subsidiary, ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, according to local reports.
The move will take effect tomorrow, three months after Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered the state’s board of directors to add London-based Unilever to its list of “controlled companies” boycotting Israel. This meant that from 90 days later, if the position on Israel is not reversed – and it is not – Florida will not invest or contract with Unilever or its affiliates.
Last month, Arizona became the first state to pull the trigger to divest itself of Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s, in response to its boycott of the settlements.
Texas has officially added Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever to a list of companies boycotting Israel, a further step on the way to the state handing over roughly $ 100 million to the companies.
New Jersey has announced it is on track to follow suit, while New York, Illinois, Maryland and Rhode Island have launched formal proceedings.