In order to protect its greatest assets (people, farms and the environment), Dole has built its sustainability strategy on four pillars: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and packaging.

Water management includes using water responsibly and efficiently. To this end, Dole has implemented water recycling systems and processes to reduce overall usage.

Dole works actively to measure, reduce and eventually offset a portion of its greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn, will diminish its contribution to global warming.

Healthy soils are a necessary ingredient for growing healthy products; however, soil faces risk from degradation by erosion, salinity, contamination and other results of mismanagement. Dole is active in protecting soils through alternative practices that aim to prevent and limit soil erosion.

Environmental externalities don’t stop at the end of a production line, and neither do Dole’s actions. Dole offers foods that are responsible from early stages of growth, to final preparations so goods are ready for purchase. The Company’s efforts concentrate not only on the amount of packaging used in marketing and selling products to consumers, but also on many of the materials employed in the supply chain.

Years of research at Dole provide the Company with a competitive advantage in these four pillars of sustainability.

Dole’s scope of research covers many areas including, but not limited to, disease, nematode and insect control, substitutes for nematicides and insecticides, cultivation techniques, new irrigation systems and waste disposal. Dole’s scientists specialize in fields such as general agronomy, irrigation, nematology, plant pathology, physiology, horticulture/plant propagation and spray technology, as well as post-harvest physiology.