A commitment to quality has been at the core of Dole since its founder, James Dole established the business in 1901 with the pledge, “We have built this company on quality, and quality, and quality.”

Nutrition research and education

Dole is an industry leader in nutrition research and education. It adheres to the highest ethical conduct in all its dealings, and is firmly invested in its social and environmental policies. Dole is a recognised sustainable brand through various certifications including Rainforest Alliance, Global GAP, ISO14001, ISO8000 and Dole New Zealand (under NZ Ripeners Ltd), is a member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and a proud sponsor of the Motutatu Restoration Trust


Dole is proud to hold the Rainforest Alliance Certificate (RAC) on its farms.

The ITOCHU mission of sampo yoshi ‘Good for the seller, Good for the buyer, and Good for society’, supports Dole’s commitments and goals. This was a management philosophy of merchants in Ohmi, a where Chubei Itoh was born. As part of this philosophy, ITOCHU aims to understand diverse values as a global enterprise, meet the expectations of society, and continue to be a corporation that is needed by the society.