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The Standard Fruit Co. of Costa Rica S.A., a subsidiary of Dole Food Co., received the Social Responsibility in Action award from The Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce in connection to the company’s Green Star Initiative.

The Green Star Initiative program began in 2016, as an integrated approach to landscape management in Valle La Estrella, according to a news release. The program incorporates environmental education, ecological restoration, energy and agriculture, biodiversity and carbon neutrality, in a production model for the banana industry.

“Environmental sustainability is critical to our growing operations and to our business throughout the company,” Renato Acuña, president of Dole Tropical Products Latin America, said in the release. 

The chamber’s award recognizes companies that have responsible and integral business management, unifying the economic, social and environmental fields for the development of the country. In 2019, 30 companies were nominated for a total of 37 programs in five categories: public-private partnerships, community, collaborators, environment and value chain.

The Green Star Initiative project was the winner among the eighteen entrants in the environment category.

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