Dole Launches Sunshine For All, Promoting Innovation To Fill The Gaps In Nutrition | 02/19/21

The Global Fund will work to make the brand better deliver on its promise

SINGAPORE, Feb. 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Just over six months after the The Dole Promise to the world, Dole Asia Holdings and its subsidiaries are now focused on both global awareness and immediate action with the introduction of the Sunshine for All™ Fund, a $ 2 million annual fund that will support global strategic partnerships and innovation in critical areas of sustainability, access to food and waste. The fund will work with The Growing Distance launched, a short film that addresses the critical loopholes the company sees as barriers to good nutrition for all.

Terrifying and ever-deteriorating global nutrition statistics drive Dole’s quest for solutions. Almost a quarter of the world’s population suffers from moderate or severe food insecurity1 and one third of the food produced for human consumption worldwide is lost or wasted2. By working with talented innovators, promising startups and progressive partners, the Fund will fill these gaps in terms of affordability and waste, as well as accessibility and acceptance – all with the aim of fulfilling the Dole promise and for the people, the planet and to care for our common prosperity.

“We believe that practicality has to permeate every part of the company to address these global challenges – from our business model and the products we make, to how we work with partners, what we advocate and how we advocate for a more equal world “said Pier Luigi Sigismondi, President, Dole Packaged Foods Worldwide.” Raising awareness of the global problems we face and investing in the best of thought through this fund is our way of ensuring we don’t only serve our purpose, but also drive tangible solutions and real systemic changes – today. “

Dole recognizes the need to work with like-minded partners to support the fight against inequitable diets around the world. Therefore, the company is looking for partners – from entrepreneurs, startups, strategically thinking companies to social impact companies and non-governmental organizations – who can share their expertise in food production, nutrition science, compostable packaging, supply chain, logistics, sustainable agriculture and fast moving Bring in consumer goods.

“Our work for Sunshine for All during the pandemic has strengthened our belief that people will join us if they believe in what we do,” said Barbara Guerpillon, global head of ventures, Dole Packaged Foods and Asia Fresh. “The fund is our signal to the world that we are open to companies and that the economy finds, drives and promotes innovations, actions and changes.”

To learn more or to apply for the fund, please visit sunshineforall.com

Information on “The Dole Promise”
In the year 2020 announced Dole The Dole Promise with its three pillars around nutrition, sustainability and the creation of common values.

  • Better for humanity: Access to sustainable nutrition for 1 billion people by 2025, transition to zero processed sugar in all Dole Packaged Foods products by 2025.
  • Better for the planet: We are working to ensure that no more fruit is lost from Dole farms to markets by 2025, and we aim to eliminate the use of fossil-based plastic packaging by 2025. We are working to ensure that Dole will have zero carbon emissions by 2030.
  • Better for all stakeholders: Dole will continue to have a positive impact on all farmers, communities and people who work for Dole through our commitment to equal opportunities, living wages and increasing levels of safety, nutrition and wellbeing. The company also strives to promote human rights within direct operations and supply chains by building a culture of transparency and accountability. The company is also aiming for a 50% increase in company value by 2025.

1 World Health Organization: The State of Food Security & Nutrition in the World
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Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN: Food Loss & Food Waste

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