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Sustainability summary

Dole has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Dole is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Dole Food Company, Inc
Head office: Westlake Village, California, USA
Sector: Bananas & Pineapple
Categories : Bananas, Pineapples
Free Tags: USDA organic

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Dole sustainability score report

Last edited: 23 January 2016 by Eefje
Last reviewed: 23 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Dole implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as energy efficiency measures. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Dole doesn't publish the annual climate footprint of last years. So it is not clear if the policy measures actually helped to reduce the total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Dole doesn't communicate its renewable energy policy, if the brand has one. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Dole doesn't communicate information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Dole mentions the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, but doesn't provide concrete information on respective measures implemented, and results achieved. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 5% of its volume? Dole reports to follow all requirements set by the Rainforest Alliance standard, but doesn't specify which share of its bananas and pineapples can be considered environmentally certified. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified bananas and pineapples for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Dole follows a “Reuse or Recycle” policy whenever possible and introduces more environmentally-friendly resources, such as those that are biodegradable, as they become available. However, Dole doesn't report on the annual results of its product packaging policy. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Dole doesn't report on the annual results of its waste reduction policy - including annual waste volumes/weights per material type. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 8
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Dole doesn't provide concrete information about implemented measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, that goes beyond certification. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? Dole reports to follow all requirements set by the Rainforest Alliance standard, but doesn't specify which share of its bananas and pineapples can be considered socially certified. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase 100% bananas and pineapples from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the bananas and pineapples? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of banana and pineapple suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of bananas and pineapples? Dole doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source