Hello, your banana was grown on the Zurqui A farm in Costa Rica.
Learn fascinating facts about the country, the people, the climate and the region where our farms are located.
Dole’s certifications reflect our commitment to protect both people and the planet. They apply to all social and environmental issues from cultivation to transportation. The many measures Dole is involved in benefit local communities.
GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards in agricultural production around the world. It was set up to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. Certification is based on three criteria: environmental protection, social justice and the capacity for economic development.
Dole chose ISO 14001 as its environmental management standard. This area also includes programmes for independent suppliers.
First established in 1997, the standard is globally recognised for its effectiveness in the achievement of environmental objectives, for example relating to waste management and air, water and soil contamination.
This small country in Central America is home to over 100 volcanoes – five of which are still active. Thanks to the very fertile soil, 10 000 different plant species can be found here. Costa Rica is famous for its high-quality coffee, sweet pineapples and of course, its delicious bananas.
How do we recycle?
Dole uses plastic covers to protect the growing fruit. All plastic waste is collected, sorted and reused or compressed into bales and recycled. Watch the video to find out how.
Quality fruit needs space. The plantation covers more than 2 square kilometres or 275 football fields.
155 people work at this plantation.
Costa Rica’s smallest province, which shares a border with Nicaragua, is a mountainous country with a lot of rainfall. The Brauliö Carrillo National Park is popular with eco-tourists.
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