Dole Food Company named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for second year in a row by EthiSphere Magazine

Each of these companies embodies the true spirit of Ethisphere’s credo: Good. Smart. Business. Profit. ”

— EthiSphere Magazine

The World’s Most Ethical Companies are the ones that go above and beyond legal minimums, bring about innovative new ideas to expand the public well being, work on reducing their carbon footprint rather than contributing to green washing and won’t be found next to the words “Billion Dollar Fine” in newspaper headlines any time in the near future. These are the companies that stand out among the competition in their industry.

Dole Food Company, Inc. was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for a second year in a row by Ethisphere Magazine a national publication. Ethisphere is a think-tank dedicated to the research and promotion of profitable best practices in global governance, business ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility. The award was revealed at the Ethisphere and Forbes joint-conference, "Driving Profit through Ethical Leadership," held on June 3rd.

"It is an honor to once again receive this designation from Ethisphere Magazine," said David DeLorenzo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dole Food Company. He added, "Dole's core values are based on corporate ethics and social responsibility. Our employees and business associates are our company and their own ethics empowers the cultural environment and spirit in which we operate."

Researchers and analysts reviewed several thousand companies in order to determine the finalists, which included a rigorous, multi-step evaluation process. The 2008 World's Most Ethical Companies methodology committee is comprised of leading attorneys and government officials, professors and leaders who care about ethical and honest business practices.

The extensive research process included reviewing over 10,000 of the world's leading companies on six continents. Ethisphere analysts reviewed codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluated investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looked at companies’ activities to improve corporate citizenship; studied nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers; and worked with consumer action groups for feedback and rating.