Dole’s Policies

Dole has adopted a strict environmental policy applicable to its worldwide operations. As per the Company’s Code of Conduct, all employees and key suppliers, must sign and comply with this policy.

Environmental Policy

It is Dole’s policy to comply with all applicable laws and regulations at all times wherever we operate, to take all practicable steps to promote health, safety and environmental protection, and to continually progress toward attainment of Dole’s goals.  Dole manages operations worldwide that belong to different economic sectors – farming, food processing, manufacturing, research, transportation (including trucking, shipping and managing port facilities), distribution and sales.  In all these operations, it is Dole’s goal to prevent adverse effects on health, safety and the environment.  It is also our goal to provide comparable levels of health, safety and environmental protection for all who help to produce our products and all communities affected by our operations.  Dole strives to develop and employ approaches that are most appropriate and effective under local conditions to make significant progress toward our goals.  In these efforts, we are guided by scientific research and knowledge; principles of risk analysis; public, community and worker concerns; and regulatory policies and standards of the United States, the European Union, and international organizations such as the World Health Organization. Dole is committed to quality, safety, pollution prevention and continuous improvement in environmental protection.

Statement of Responsibility

Every Dole employee and director is responsible for:

  1. Providing our customers with safe, wholesome and high-quality food products.
  2. Complying with all applicable laws and regulations in force wherever we operate.
  3. Preventing adverse impacts of our operations on the environment, conserving resources and reducing waste.
  4. Preventing accidents and illness by protecting human health and safety.

Policy on Use of Crop Protection Products

In Dole’s farming operations, we use sustainable agricultural practices and integrated pest management methods that employ biological and agricultural approaches to controlling pests and plant diseases.  We use crop protection products only when and where necessary, and always with the proper care and in accordance with applicable laws.  Dole will not use, anywhere, any product banned for reasons of unacceptable health or environmental risk by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or by the European Union.