Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE:DOLE) announced today that the parties
have amicably resolved the class action lawsuit alleging Dole
misrepresented its commitment to the environment. The lawsuit, Clayton
Laderer v. Dole Food Company, Inc., was filed in November 2012 in the
United States District Court for the Central District of California.
In coordination with social programs already undertaken by Dole's
independent grower in Guatemala, Dole and the non-profit organization
Water and Sanitation Health, Inc. will collaborate together on a water
filter project to assist the local communities in Guatemala. While Dole
denies the allegations made against it and its grower in the lawsuit,
Dole has reached this resolution because it believes continued outreach
and education regarding water sanitation techniques will benefit the
"Dole is proud to contribute to these efforts to assist local
communities in Guatemala. Our grower, who is fully certified by numerous
independent certifying agencies, is already a long-standing champion for
the local communities and has made significant charitable contributions
to enhance social welfare, health, and well-being. Dole joins in this
outreach to emphasize our continuing commitment to developing
world-class environmental and sustainable programs for Dole's owned
farms, as well as Dole's commitment to seek to partner with growers with
similar goals," said Jonathan Bass, President for Dole Latin America.
About Dole Food Company
Dole, with 2011 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest
producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables,
and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing
line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in
nutrition education and research.
Dole Food Company, Inc.