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April 22, 2020
Aid for Asia’s aging community
By partnering with local charities, we're creating nutrition packs that come with either juice, Fruit Bowls® or canned fruit for seniors in Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.
Protecting healthcare workers in the Philippines
In the Philippines we’re donating fresh and dried fruit to 7,000 healthcare workers in 17 hospitals. Also, 300 Healthcare workers at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) will receive 30 days’ supply of Dole juice that is high in Vitamin C. RITM is at the frontline of doing COVID-19 testing for the Philippines population, and we remain committed to their health.
Giving back to Asia’s grocery and delivery staff
Healthcare isn’t the only industry fighting on the front lines with their own health at risk. Grocery staff and delivery personnel interact keep our economy going. Between the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand we are donating various products to check-out staff of our partner markets to show our gratitude for their essential labour.
Donating to New Zealand’s Needy
With Kids Can, LoveSoup, and likeminded givers, we stepped up to ensure 6,000 vulnerable families and 4,500 seniors will receive the essential nutrients they need to come out of this emergency stronger than ever.
With the help of The Food Bank of Singapore, we’re distributing Dole Care Packs that include canned fruits and Fruit Bowls® to 200,000 needy Singaporeans.
Meals for Mumbai
Together with Future Retail and other partners, we put together meal packs for frontline healthcare workers in 3 government hospitals across Mumbai, helping to feed 5,000 healthcare practitioners daily for 5 days.
Committed to the Middle East
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait, we’re working on sending Fruit Bowls®, canned fruit, and canned juices to the health care workers working to keep us safe. We’re also working on sending Fruit Bowls® and canned juices to undernourished children, and are working on partnering with local non-profits to expand our efforts.
Europe: Fruit Care Kits
Within France, Italy, and Spain, we’re delivering snack kits to hospitals for health care workers that otherwise wouldn’t have time to get the snacks they need to keep going under high stress.
Keeping London’s Homeless Healthy
In support of homeless charity St Mungo’s temporary accommodation initiative, Dole is distributing 14,500 Fruit Bowls® to over 1,000 homeless Londonders currently housed in hotels. This gives people in desperate need of shelter access to the space and nutrition they need to self-isolate in safety and stay well during the health crisis.
U.S.: Fruit Care Kits
"We’re delivering snack kits to hospitals in the U.S. for health care workers that otherwise wouldn’t have time to get the snacks they need to keep going under high stress. Included on each kit are notes of hope and optimism from the employees here at Dole.
Help us lift spirits by sending a word of encouragement to include in our care kits."
"To help deliver nutrition and continue the critical frontline work in the U.S., we’re delivering coupons and vouchers for free Dole products directly to those working in over 5,000 hospitals.
We can never hear enough good news. If you’re offering help, let us know and we’ll spread the word on our social channels."
"In the U.S., we’re partnering with the Mayor of Jackson, MS, Mississippi’s Disaster Relief Action, and Boys & Girls Clubs to support students and families. At Galloway Elementary, Dole is providing 2,100 cases of Fruit Bowls® and Fridge Packs with notes of hope and encouragement, creating healthy meals for underserved families, and making a cash donation to fix flood damage at underserved schools.
Help us by donating to the Disaster Relief Fund to support Jackson, MS."
"In California, we’re partnering with Michelin-starred chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen to distribute Dole fruit products to meal prep centers in underserved areas, and to assist with finding prep spaces.
Help us by donating to World Central Kitchen."
"For our frontline heroes in the U.S., we’ve partnered with Robeks, Tropical Smoothie Café, and Smoothie King to deliver freshly made smoothies to 1,000 hospitals during the peak of the crisis.
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"We’re continuing ongoing donations of up to 1.5 million pounds of packaged fruit every year to U.S. food banks, as well as making additional cash donations to help keep good nutrition in the homes of our American families.
Help us by donating to Feeding America."
"By working with local food banks and charities, we’re bringing Dole Fruit Bowls® to seniors in underserved communities of France and the U.K. along with words of encouragement and support. In the U.S., we’re partnering with Lyft to bring our products to nursing homes and assisted-living homes in Seattle, and soon to New York and New Jersey as well.
We’re stronger together, so help us lift the spirits of our senior communities by writing words of encouragement and support."
We can never donate enough to our frontline health care workers during this time. Across Canada we’re working with hospitals to serve nutritious meals throughout the weeks so they can be at their best to help us get back to ours. Along with health care workers, we’re also donating meals and snacks to social service agencies and the homeless population.
No child should go hungry at Christmas. People across the US, Europe and Asia helped us to get nutritious food to hungry children by filling the empty tummies of virtual teddy bears. Our campaign, ‘Dole Unstuffed Bears‘ raised USD 20,000 for food security charities, every dollar of which we matched with fruit donations of the same value.
June 16, 2021
Lighting the Way for America
We are shining a light on food poverty across the US with giant malnutrition labels projected onto buildings. Details about obesity, food insecurity, malnutrition and issues relating to food are highlighted to help educate and inspire actions that reduce chronic diseases.
Easy Family Recipes
With Canadian chef Cory Vitiello, we’ve created easy recipes, using Dole fruit products. Through our short videos, families can get inspired. What’s more, in 2020, for every video shared via social media, we donated a dollar to Food Banks Canada, totalling 10,000 Canadian dollars from 3.4 million views.
2020 Progress Review
Educating on Healthier Choices
We are helping to bring blood pressure down throughout Japan, by sharing the benefits of GABA, an amino acid found in bananas. Verified by the government, GABA is particularly effective at lowering high blood pressure. We’re sharing this information on our packaging to encourage healthier food choices.
2020 Progress Review
All-Natural New Products
We’ve relaunched our tropical fruit salad as no-added sugar. Our nutrition packed, All Natural Seasons Tropical Fruit Salad is clean label, with natural goodness, and zero processed sugar content, clear for all to see. In addition, we’ve also added to our All Natural range with a zero added sugar Sparkling Fruit Juice.
2020 Progress Review
Getting More from Bananas
In the Philippines, we’re finding clever ways to make use of imperfect bananas and reduce our fruit loss. Instead of being wasted, any delicious, healthy banana that visually doesn’t make the grade is now being made into chips, flour, purée, and more. Collectively, these projects have cut our local fruit loss by 24%, and food waste 32%, while opening up job opportunities for local communities.
Moving to Fossil-Fuel Free Packaging
Since March 2021, 78% of our bananas in South Korea have been sold using new paper-based straps. These straps have replaced plastic bags and stickers, reducing our use of fossil-fuel based packaging while still protecting our fruit.
2020 and ongoing
Innovative Packaging Straps
Using our innovative paper packaging straps, we have reduced fossil-fuel based plastic by 85% for our banana packaging in New Zealand. This has also meant that our greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 3 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) in the Philippines, where we source this packaging.
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.
2020 and ongoing
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.
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.
Supporting Our Farmers
The livelihoods and well-being of our farmers matters to us. That’s why we’re working together with our partner Solidaridad to teach farmers the skills they need to grow more and earn more, at the same time as protecting the land and soil. As our farmers improve their crops and yields, the availability of high-quality fruit for us to source goes up too.
Our employees across Asia have been learning how to grow nutritious food at home, thanks to our partnership with Rooted, an online urban farming platform that supplies everything from grow kits to seeds. In the Philippines, our Urban Farming Initiative has also been boosting the availability of nutrition-packed vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washing bananas uses lots of water, and leaves the water full of impurities such as latex from the fruit, dirt and insects, making recycling challenging. We put a variety of water recycling systems to the test and identified the two most effective. We now use these in 20% of our fruit packing plants in the Philippines, where we have achieved 500% water recycling to date.
We’re protecting marine habitats and coastal wetlands in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, through our Ridge to Reef initiative to prevent environmental degradation. As part of this project, we’ve planted 3.6 million forest and fruit trees, 914,000 bamboo trees and 15,000 mangroves since 2004.
Nothing Goes to Waste
Dole Fruit Chews and Dole Fruitly Juice are two new products created to make sure we use every possible piece of mango and papaya by making it into delicious and healthy snacks. As a result of this innovation, 1 million kg of fruit will be saved from landfill in 2021.
Reducing Fruit Loss with Quality Control
Using cloud-based technology, we’re digitalizing our fruit quality checks and reducing our fruit loss. Working together with quality app ClariFruit, we’re building consistency into our fruit checking, and preventing unnecessary rejections. Japan is already trialling a pilot scheme, with the rest of Asia set to join by the end of 2022.
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.
Getting the Most from the Sunshine
We’ve teamed up with Symbior Solar, to generate renewable energy from the sunshine. In Thailand, we’ve been producing 4 MWh annually since 2020, while in the Philippines, we’re installing solar panels that will also generate 4 MWh of renewable energy every year. We’re estimating that by 2030, our Philippines panels alone will reduce our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 24,272 tCO2e.
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.
Together with Mahintana Foundation and the Philippines Department of Education we’re getting healthy and nutritious food to school children across the country. The Nutripan project produces nutrition snacks such as vegetable-filled breads as an alternative to junk food, making sure kids get the right kind of brain food during their time at school.
Dole employees were quick to volunteer when the pandemic struck, assisting in building a COVID-19 test centre. They also offered support with training and capacity building to ensure that local personnel could carry out COVID-19 PCR testing. We provided donations to help and offered the use of our own PCR machine.
Covid-19 Isolation Unit
In August 2020, we teamed up with Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital to create a state-of-the-art COVID-19 isolation unit. This world-class facility has been able to provide critical help for over 250 people during the global pandemic.
Clean Sanitation for All
Better sanitation is essential for preventing diseases and avoiding malnutrition, particularly in sick children. As such, we’re supporting the The Zero Open Defecation program in the Philippines. Since 2014, the program has helped to install 1,810 hygienic toilets in homes, raising living standards for families throughout the country.
Clean Hands Against Covid
Our sustainability and engineering teams have turned colourful metal drums, into touch-free handwashing sinks. Placed in strategic spots, these facilities, with free soap and demonstrations on proper handwashing help in the fight against COVID-19, by preventing the spread.