(Feb. 22, PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) Dole Food Co. Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., has chosen Gibraltar Associates, Washington, D.C., as its public relations agency for corporate social responsibility programs.

Gibraltar will handle all public and media relations regarding the programs, which focus on brand enhancement, visibility and online presence.

The initial program will be a partnership with the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment and Energy, focusing on Dole’s operations in the Central American country.

Dole’s goal is to produce “carbon-neutral” bananas and pineapples through an overhaul of the company’s current agricultural operations and supply chains, including planting, harvesting, packaging and distribution.

Dole has implemented corporate social responsibility programs in many of the countries in which it operates, including a wheelchair distribution program in the Philippines, a water conservation program in Ecuador and nutrition programs in South Africa.