Innovation for Growth
Through our two global programs, our Dole Open Innovation sets the stage for ideas & innovation, accelerates & showcases business solutions, and engages & develops a vibrant innovation ecosystem to prepare for the world of tomorrow.
DOers for Growth
DOers For Growth (D4G) is our global intrapreneurship program, open to all employees across all offices and locations. D4G is constantly accepting innovative ideas to build business solutions, and is open to employees across all business categories. Employees are selected to join D4G events where they are provided with tools to accelerate their proposed projects, supported by dedicated Open Innovation members, mentors and facilitators.
Sunshine For All® Fund
The Sunshine for All™ Fund is a $2 million annual fund that will support global strategic partnerships and innovation in the crucial areas of sustainability, food access and waste.
See how our partners are spreading Sunshine For All® products
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As part of our Dole Promise towards zero fruit loss and reduced landfills necessary for carbon neutrality, Dole Sunshine Company has partnered with social enterprise Musa Fabric to turn banana waste into fibres of purpose through a partnership creating fashion products, woven by marginalized communities. We believe that by putting the prosperity of people and the planet at the heart of everything we do, the sun shines brighter for us all.
Natural Weed Control
In Sri Lanka, we’ve removed herbicides from our weed control thanks to a collaborative project with our workers. Small teams have been assigned ten hectares of land each and trained in natural weed control, and in return they receive a salary supplement. This ecological solution means less soil erosion, more soil biodiversity, better soil quality and with that more nutritious fruit.
We are showing our love for the land by supporting the National Greening Program in the Philippines. In 2020, we planted 181,666 trees, including 60,949 bamboo plants, and adopted and nurtured rivers, creeks and forests close to our farms too.
Turning Food Waste Into Energy
We’ve been looking at inventive ways to create energy from our food waste for many years. One example is using rice hulls. Since 2012, we’ve reduced our local greenhouse gas emissions in the Philippines by 240,000 tCO2e, by generating renewable biomass energy from rice hulls. In doing this, we’ve saved 77 million liters of fossil fuel that would have otherwise been needed.
By the end of 2021, we’ll be generating 7.9 MWp of our own renewable energy (at maximum capacity) and preventing fruit waste from going into landfill at the same time. That’s because we’re building two large biogas plants that will be powered by the waste fruit from our local canneries and plantation, with the aim of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tCO2e every year.
A Truck Load of Fruit
Working with our retailers, we are ensuring truck food and beverage shipments are not unnecessarily light. We estimate that this initiative is saving 400,000 miles per year from our US supply chain and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 462 tCO2e at the same time.