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Dole response re: defender Jorge Acosta

We have read the Swedwatch article about the legal situation of Mr Acosta in Ecuador and would like first to clarify that there is no connection between Dole and the individual who filed the complaint against Mr. Acosta or with Mr. Acosta himself. While we are not involved in and cannot comment on Mr. Acosta’s legal situation, Dole unequivocally supports the principle of free speech for all people, including Mr. Acosta’s right to express his opinions. This does however not constitute any endorsement of Mr. Acosta’s controversial views or actions. Dole has embraced industry dialog as a constructive way to resolve those differences including with critical voices. An example of this commitment is the participation of Dole in the World Banana Forum, the main multi-stakeholder forum of the banana industry... Dole’s operates under a Code of Conduct, which clearly establishes the company’s policy to respect workers freedom of association, non-discrimination, equal rights, and maintaining a positive and respectful workplace... Dole provides the means for employees and other stakeholders to report misconduct... through the Dole Integrity Hotline, an integrated telephone, web and database suite of tools that allow individuals to share their concerns with Dole, with the assurance that all reports are confidential and may be made anonymously...

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