Dole plc Releases 2022 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report; Rory Byrne and Xavier Roussel Shares
DUBLIN, IRELAND - For the first time since the merger of Total Produce plc and Dole Food Company in 2021, Dole plc has released a sustainability report. In addition to building on the company’s achievements, the report also details a new set of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals through 2030 and updates the supplier’s sustainability framework.
“Dole has built market-leading positions across a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetable segments by incorporating sustainability into their growth models,” stated Rory Byrne, Dole plc’s Chief Executive Officer. “As our climate is changing, we are focused on identifying the related risks, adapting to the effects on our operations, and minimizing our own impacts. We also recognize and relish the special role we can play in improving people’s lives and the contribution Dole can make to promoting good health and wellbeing.”
Known as the Dole Way, the company’s sustainability framework focuses on governance and three core pillars: For Nature, For People, and For Food. According to a release, these pillars highlight Dole’s commitment to ethical, social, and nutrition-related issues, which are key to the company’s business operations.
Additionally, the report creates a foundation for the promotion of regenerative farming practices across Dole’s operations and its associated farms, which will support its climate goals.
“Although fresh produce has a low environmental footprint in comparison to other food sources, there is still much to do to further decrease our impacts and adapt to the effects of climate change. We are addressing those challenges for the long term with like-minded partners along the supply chain. Our vertically integrated business model allows us to research much in our own operations before expanding to our associated farmers which is instrumental to lead change in the industry,” stated Xavier Roussel, Dole plc’s Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer. “Caring for our most important resources: our people, the nature around us, and the food we deliver to the world is our way to contribute to society and will set us up for continued success.”
To read Dole plc’s 2022 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report in its entirety, click here.
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