Dole also has a high rate of unionisation among its workers, and employs relatively few temporary workers, according to the report.
The new report, Worker Equity in Food and Agriculture by Tellus Institute and Sustainalytics, tracks practices at the 100 largest and most influential US companies, finding many trouble spots across the industry. Yet, it also finds bright spots at companies demonstrating leadership in best practices.
“We are honoured to be recognised as an industry leader in ensuring safe and equitable conditions for our employees,” said Sue Hagen, senior vice president, human resources for Dole Food Company. “Dole has always felt that our social responsibility programmes are closely tied to our employees. That’s why we focus on enhancing the working conditions of our employees and the communities in which we operate.”
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