Dole Food Company’s Standard Fruit de Honduras was honored by GLOBALG.A.P. for its work in four major areas related to farming practices. The G.A.P. 2014 Winner award was presented at an October 28 ceremony at the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi. Roberto Salinas, the company’s Certification Manager, received a trophy on behalf of Dole/Standard Fruit de Honduras.
GLOBALG.A.P. initiated the G.A.P. Awards in 2012 to honor GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices. The jury selected companies that currently implement practices that:
- Improve Food Safety,
- Promote and Achieve Responsible Water Use,
- Work to enhance biodiversity,
- Develop productive and socially responsible actions, including the equitable participation of youth and women in the workforce.
“It was not easy for the judges to pick the winners, the 40 participants of this third edition of the awards demonstrated a clear understanding, commitment and dedication to the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices in their plantations and extend benefits to their communities,” said Kristian Moeller, CEO GLOBALG.A.P.
Standard Fruit de Honduras demonstrated a very high standard and commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification through the implementation of environmentally friendly practices and social responsibility programs for the welfare of workers and families, contributing to the development of the communities where it operates.
The company’s environmental stewardship programs are highlighted by the development of policies set to achieve responsible water use practices that include both the control and monitoring of irrigation water for crops; as well as the construction of recycled water systems for efficient use.
In matters of social responsibility, Standard Fruit de Honduras was recognized for focused efforts on education, health, nutrition and community development, and giving priority to the role and involvement of women and youth in agricultural work and production processes.
“I am very proud of the Division Team whose efforts and results over many years have been recognized publicly by this leading global certification program,” said Richard Toman, General Manager of Standard Fruit de Honduras. “This award is about teamwork and making things happen every day in all areas of the company, not just a one-time trophy.”
About Dole Food Company
Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.
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