Dole to make nutritious foods accessible for 1 billion people, and move towards zero fruit loss and zero fossil-based plastic packaging by 2025, as well as net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Dole Packaged Foods and Dole Asia Fresh, divisions of Dole Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd.. announced today “The Dole Promise,” which aims to increase access to sustainable nutrition, decrease food waste, plastics in packaging and carbon emissions and grow value for the company’s stakeholders, including farmers and shareholders.
“The Dole Promise reflects the recognition that ‘business as usual’ is unacceptable in the face of a looming food crisis and the growing expectations of the next generation,” said Pier Luigi Sigismondi, President of Dole Packaged Foods. “The impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic could see 265 million additional people pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of this year,1 double the numbers of last year. At the same time, the challenges of climate change, resource waste and declining natural resources still must be addressed. We believe it is time for a change, and we are taking action where we can be most effective – within our own business.”
The promise draws on the spirit of ‘Sampo Yoshi,’ an 18th century Japanese philosophy that views the well-being of society and business as interdependent, and ensures the business is beneficial to the seller, to the buyer and to the community.