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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.
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.
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.
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.