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Company Response

26 Feb 2021

Dole's response to article at the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) - Latin America Regional Network website

One of Dole's priority goals is to create a safe and healthy working environment for its employees. To achieve this, the Company has developed a system for the management of occupational health and safety at work. It has also provided social and economic benefits to its collaborators when they are faced with a health situation that does not allow them to report to work.

Within the framework of social dialogue, on November 11 and December 17, 2020, meetings were held between company and union representatives at Muelle farm to discuss on-the-job health and safety aspects. Within this constructive dialogue, we had a fluid exchange of information, where, among other things, relevant occupational health and safety indicators at the national and business levels were presented.

It is important to highlight that the incidence rate of occupational accidents at the farm fell to an index of 86 in 2020. This is 60% less than the parameter established by the National Insurance Institute of Costa Rica (INS) for the agribusiness sector. The company is a recognized leader in occupational health management and has received awards from this institute for more than 20 years

In addition, the SINATRAA union organization presented a series of requests and occupational health concerns related to its affiliates. Each of the requests and concerns raised were answered in a detailed and extensive manner. An important procedure addressing requests for job relocation that must be followed for the prevention of occupational hazards was explained. It is necessary for an official medical professional to determine an eventual incompatibility between an employee’s health condition and the job function being performed. If this is not done in this way, our occupational health technicians on the farm run the risk of relocating an employee to a job that eventually could worsen their health condition...