One year after launch, Dole delivers on Sunshine for All Promise – Making Change for People, Planet and Prosperity
SINGAPORE, August 12, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Dole Sunshine Company * released its first Sunshine for All ™ progress report today, one year after the announcement of “The Dole Promise”. Its six-pronged pledge pushes the 170-year-old company to increase access to sustainable nutrition, reduce food waste, plastic in packaging and carbon emissions, and increase value for stakeholders in the world. ‘company.
The report details Dole’s actions over the past year, as well as what will continue to move towards achieving the ambitious goals set out in the pledge. The first year focused on benchmarking, building partnerships and strategic actions, and investing in R&D, innovation and consumer research.
“Change starts with taking responsibility for our own actions and the first step is the most difficult,” said Pier Luigi Sigismondi, President, Food & Beverages Group, The Dole Sunshine Company. “We believe we have the potential to build a better future and we have seen results in the first year. Looking to the future, we can do more to contribute to better nutrition for people, do better by eliminating waste and achieving carbon neutrality, and help create prosperity by delivering shared value to all stakeholders. . ”
People, planet and prosperity
In june 2020, Dole is committed to making nutritious food accessible to 1 billion people, moving towards zero fruit loss and zero fossil fuel-based plastic packaging by 2025 and zero net carbon emissions by 2030 Early indicators show that despite the global pandemic, Dole has made a difference in critical areas of its value chain and has had an impact around the world.
“Business can be a force for good. While the challenges we face are daunting, we knew that the first step in finding solutions had to be making sure our own home is in order, ”said Christian Wiegele, President, Fresh Produce Group, The Dole Sunshine Company. “But we also know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we are looking at the priorities of the Dole Promise and focusing on the outside to identify innovations, solutions and partners to help us achieve our goals. Goals.”
People: Sustainable Nutrition
Over the past year, more than half a billion people around the world have consumed Dole products. The company continues to work on its entire food and beverage portfolio to phase out processed sugar and instead use natural ingredients that customers expect. Today, thanks to reformulation and innovation, 47% of the brand’s product portfolio contains no processed sugar, an improvement over 2019.
And Dole thinks it’s not enough to to offer nutritious food. To improve nutrition knowledge and awareness, the organization is implementing Clean Labeling, running programs like Sunshine for All Cities which offers culinary arts, basic nutrition classes and access to affordable products, and invests in consumer education with campaigns like Malnutrition Labels.
Planet: Reduce waste and Dole’s operational impact on the planet
Dole’s products are based on high quality packaging and therefore require innovative solutions that protect the planet. Dole aims to start removing fossil fuel-based plastic from its fruit bags and bowls® packaging with sustainable alternatives such as paper or pulp, and polylactic acid (PLA) based stickers for fresh fruit in 2022. And in South Korea, Dole has introduced paper-based straps for its bananas, an initiative that brings the company closer to its goal of zero plastic packaging made from fossil fuels.
To achieve its goal of zero fruit loss and zero net carbon emissions, Dole has stepped up innovation and investment. Since 2019, there has been a 12% decrease in carbon emissions across all of its global operations and 34% of the energy used in 2020 has been purchased or produced from renewable sources. And by evaluating ways to recycle so-called “ugly” fruits, around 80% of Dole Thailand’s potential fruit losses for 2021 can be reused and will reach 100% by 2025.
Download the Sunshine for All ™ Progress Review 2020 infographic here.
Prosperity: positive impact on all stakeholders
Dole’s interconnected promises are essential to create shared value for all – employees, customers, shareholders and the planet, and this requires collaboration not only with its own employees, but also with stakeholders throughout its chain of value.
For example, Dole recently announced its Global ESG Partnership, a unique alliance platform of renewable energy service providers that will enable Dole to meet its targets of 100% renewable energy in all processing facilities. by 2030. In addition, Dole has partnered with Solidaridad to teach farmers the skills they need to grow more and earn more, while protecting the land, thus contributing more to their livelihoods and their lives. well-being.
Earlier this year, Dole also launched the Sunshine for All ™ Fund to support additional strategic partnerships and investments. the $ 2 million The annual fund works with innovators, start-ups and progressive partners to help deliver on the Dole promise in key areas of nutrition, materiality, counseling and implementation to help achieve the goals of the company.
To learn more, visit DoleSunshine.com and download the report here. Full details of the Dole Pledge and Sunshine for All Fund are also available.
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* About Dole Sunshine Company
The name Dole Sunshine Company is used to represent the global interests and combined efforts of Dole Asia Holdings, Dole Worldwide Packaged Foods and Dole Asia Fresh. Dole Sunshine Company is not an actual business entity and does not operate as such in any country or region. For more information on Dole Sunshine Company, please visit DoleSunshine.com.
About the Dole Promise
In june 2020 Dole Asia Holdings announced the Dole Promise, with its three pillars around nutrition, sustainability and creating shared value.
- Better for people: Access to sustainable food for 1 billion people by 2025, moving towards zero processed sugar in all Dole products by 2025.
- Better for the planet: Zzero loss of fruit from Dole farms to markets by 2025, zero fossil fuel based plastic packaging by 2025, zero net carbon emissions in Dole operations by 2030.
- Better for all stakeholders: Dole will continue to have a positive impact on all farmers, communities and people working for Dole – through its commitment to equal opportunities, living wages and an ever increasing level of safety, nutrition. and well-being. The company also seeks to advance human rights within direct operations and supply chains by creating a culture of transparency and accountability.
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