Measuring Dole’s performance is not just about transparency – it is also a means of assessing the Company’s daily practices in order to set beneficial goals, facilitate growth and improve systems across worldwide operations. To help reach these goals, Dole has undergone a variety of certifications.
Currently, Dole is in transitioning to a global Information Technology (IT) tool that compiles key sustainability indicators from each division. These indicators will include several parameters and environmental sustainability factors, such as use of fertilizers, consumption of water and consumption of energy – particularly fuel and electricity – to name a few. Once performance results are obtained and processed, Dole will begin publishing them regularly to this section. Until then, explore Dole’s Carbon Footprint Assessment and Water Assessment.
In order to measure the environmental impact of Dole’s bananas produced in Costa Rica and distributed in Norway, the Company is participating in a Norwegian initiative. Led by the Norwegian research institute Østfoldforskning, this study is based on a Life Cycle Assessment approach and reveals impacts beyond those of greenhouse gas emissions. Final figures are being processed and will be added to this section upon completion.
Dole’s Human Resources department and partner foundations also compile information about social- and labor-related topics, as well as the social impact of Dole’s community programs. Please keep in mind that this concept is fairly new, so the methodology is still being developed.