The Dole Sunshine Company has released its first Sunshine For All Progress Report, one year after announcing The Dole Promise. Year one focused on establishing benchmarks, creating strategic partnerships and actions, and investing in R&D, innovation, and consumer research.
In June 2020, Dole committed to moving toward zero fruit loss and zero fossil-fuel-based plastic packaging by 2025 and net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Early indicators show that despite the global pandemic, Dole has moved the needle in critical areas across its value chain and made an impact around the globe.
For example, Dole’s products rely on high-quality packaging and, therefore, require innovative solutions that work to protect the planet. Dole aims to begin replacing fossil-fuel-based plastic from its pouches and Fruit Bowls packaging with sustainable alternatives, such as paper or pulp-based and polylactic acid (PLA)-based stickers for fresh fruits in 2022. And in South Korea, Dole introduced paper-based straps for its bananas, a move bringing the company closer to its goal of zero fossil-fuel-based plastic packaging.
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To achieve its goal of zero fruit loss and net zero carbon emissions, Dole has accelerated innovation and investment. Since 2019, there has been a 12% decrease in carbon emissions across its global operations; 34% of energy used in 2020 was purchased or generated from renewable sources. And by evaluating ways of upcycling so-called “ugly” fruit, approximately 80% of Dole Thailand’s potential fruit loss for 2021 can be repurposed and will achieve 100% by 2025.
Dole also recently announced its Global ESG Partnership, a unique alliance platform of renewable energy service providers that will allow Dole to achieve its 100% renewable energy targets at all its processing facilities by 2030. In addition, Dole partnered with Solidaridad to teach farmers the skills they need to grow more and earn more, while protecting the land, further contributing to their livelihood and well-being.
“Change starts by taking responsibility for our own actions, and the first step is the hardest,” says Pier Luigi Sigismondi, president, food & beverages group, The Dole Sunshine Company. “We believe we have the potential to build a better tomorrow and have seen the results in year one.”