Dole Food is among the largest producers and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables in the world, with bananas, pineapples and grapes among its most popular products. Dole grows and sources bananas and pineapples from Latin America, primarily Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras. These fresh products are distributed principally across markets in North America and Europe. Dole Food also produces fresh-cut salads and other value-added vegetable products for markets in North America and Latin America.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Dole Food publicly discloses commitments across three dimensions. However, it has room for improvement in all three, given its role as a large fruit and vegetable producer and manufacturer of pre-packaged food products. In the environment dimension, the company commits to enhancing soil health, optimising fertiliser and pesticide use and improving water efficiency, but it fails to disclose progress on the implementation of these commitments. Although it has set a time-bound reduction target for GHG emissions, Dole Food does not report on this target. In the nutrition dimension, the company commits to food safety standards and demonstrates efforts to promote healthy eating through marketing strategies. However, it fails to define its role in improving the nutritional quality of its products and implementing workforce nutrition programmes. Regarding social inclusion, Dole Food commits to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain. The company further discloses commitments to pay its employees a living wage and ensure health safety in its operations, but it does not extend these commitments to its suppliers. No commitment to support smallholder productivity was found.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
USD 4,455,000,000
Major subsidiaries
n/a
Consumer brands
Dole

Value chain sub-sectors

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