Dole certifies its fruit under high environmental and labor standards.  Depending on our customer specific requirements, those certifications may differ by source and/or market, and include:

ISO 14001

Dole has selected ISO 14001 as the standard for its environmental management systems. The scope of Dole’s ISO 14001 certifications also includes the Company’s assistance programs developed for independent suppliers.

Introduced in 1997 by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 is currently the world’s preferred standard for measuring and evaluating environmental management systems. ISO 14001 may be applied to environment-related responsibilities, such as waste management or practices aimed at avoiding adverse changes to air, water or land. With independent certification depending upon recognized standards and regular third-party audits, ISO 14001 provides varying industries with the same set of enforceable management standards that can be applied to an array of activities.

Dole’s banana and pineapple farms in the Philippines have an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001.


In addition to embracing the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at its primary production facilities, Dole has developed novel growing methods that provide consumers with more choices.

Dole’s organic program offers consumers an alternative to conventionally produced fruits while continuing to meet the high quality standards that Dole fans have come to expect.

Dole’s organic production areas are certified by independent certification agencies.

With the Program in place, Dole is able to evaluate current methods aimed at reducing the use of crop protection products, while also measuring their impact on yield, cost and environmental quality.


GlobalGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural products around the globe. The GlobalGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers that the farms use production techniques aimed at minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety, as well as animal welfare.

GlobalGAP serves as a practical manual for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) throughout the world.  Its basis is an equal partnership of agricultural producers and retailers who wish to establish efficient certification standards and procedures.

Even though GlobalGAP’s requirements are included in the scope of Dole’s ISO 14001 certifications, due to European customers’ demands, some farms are also GlobalGAP certified.

Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Its certification is built on the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, social equity and economic viability – and encourages farmers to grow crops and manage ranchlands using supportive methods.

Dole’s ISO 14001 management systems follow all requirements set by the Rainforest Alliance standard.  In 2013, Dolefil received Rainforest Alliance certification for the production of fresh and processed pineapples at their base plantation.

SA 8000

SA 8000 is a global certification system that monitors, evaluates and influences the social accountability of companies, as well as their suppliers, seeking certification. This standard was established in 1997 by the New York-based non-profit organization, Social Accountability International (SAI), and derives from the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. SA 8000 focuses on nine essential areas:

  1. Child Labor
  2. Forced Labor
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Freedom of Association
  5. Discrimination
  6. Disciplinary Practices
  7. Working Hours
  8. Remuneration
  9. Effective management implementation and review of continued SA 8000 compliance

In 2001, Stanfilco, Dole’s banana division in the Philippines, became the first banana company in the world to receive SA 8000 certification. Today, over 30,000 Dole workers are employed in SA 8000 certified operations.

During 13 years, Dole has been an active member of SAI’s Advisory Board in order to encourage responsible social behaviors throughout the corporate world.