We are committed to increasing access to good nutrition and reduction of waste. We humbly acknowledge that we do not have all the answers we need, today. So, we are on the lookout for partners who share a similar passion, to help with their superpowers.
What is it?
The “Sunshine for All® Fund” will support strategic partnerships and strategic investments in these crucial areas of access and waste around the world.
In the first year, the US$2 million investment fund will work with innovators, start-ups and progressive partners to help deliver on the ‘Dole Promise’ in key areas such as materiality, advisory and implementation of crucial practices to help achieve the ambitions we have set.
We strongly believe that collaboration with external partners will be the key to unlock the Dole Promise. We are willing to engage with the entire ecosystem around us from startups to social enterprise, NGO, influencers, investors, or R&D networks. We also recognize that over the years, technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives and the food and agricultural tech industry is moving quickly as the world needs to rethink their entire food system ‘farm to plate’.
We have identified key priorities to start with. This includes a wide range of processes and operations as food travels from our plantations to your table, creating many opportunities for entrepreneurs and technologists. We will start focusing on a few areas that we can control and will directly impact our business, people and planet.
Crop Nutrition, Health & Protection
Technologies that will boost, but also ensure sustainability of the food and agriculture value chain, including solutions to regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, or fight diseases like fusarium touching our banana trees.
Food & Waste
Upcycling solutions that would divert waste from landfill or animal feed to higher value chains to help us reduce fruit loss and waste.
Food Safety & Traceability
Supporting the increase in consumer demand for transparency, traceability and clean and safe food from farm to fork.
Nutrition & Ingredients
Bringing more nutritious food to 1 billion people via novel foods, formats, and ingredients. Increasing awareness and education about the importance of good nutrition in our daily and making it affordable to everyone.
Environmental Impact & Packaging
Reducing our use of fossil-based plastic in our farms and packaging with fully compostable material, as well as helping to reduce our environmental impact with novel formats, and business models.
Improving farm labor efficiencies through technology from precision agriculture to sensors, automation and robotics.
We are eager to engage with start-ups and scale-up(s) from any stage. Depending on where you are on your journey, our engagement can go from mentoring to piloting or investment with a big priority put on experimentation and pilots. If you think you have an interesting product or solution, please contact us.
Social Enterprises & NGO
If you are trying to bridge the gap between technology and access to food and nutrition, or if you have developed a model allowing us to reduce our food and water waste, to reduce our plastic footprint and more, please connect with us.
Experts & Influencers
Your expertise can be a game-changer for us and for our planet. We are keen to collaborate with experts and influencers that can help us to realize our Dole Promise.
Investors & Venture Capital
If you have a startup in your portfolio that you think can help us to make our food system more sustainable please reach out to our venture team. We will be happy to help and exchange notes.
Get in Touch
If you are an entrepreneur, an investor, an innovation catalyst or a food & agtech ecosystem player, and you want to work with us or simply know more about the Sunshine for All® Fund, please help us to fill in this form and will get back to you swiftly.Get in Touch
How can I get involved?+
We are working with partners, as well as proactively contacting companies that we consider strong potential partners. If you have a proven product, service or technology which has been tested in-market and you are looking to partner with us, you can get in touch via the Get in Touch form.
What type of business is a good fit for Sunshine for All® Fund?+
We are constantly looking for innovative external partners, start-ups and scaleups who can collaborate with us to address the strategic priorities of Dole and help us to deliver our Dole Promise.
Is the Sunshine for All® Fund a Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) and do you take equity?+
The Fund is not a CVC and we do not take equity when engaging with start-ups. Our primary aim is to develop pilots that will potentially scale into longer term relations. We will consider investing in relevant companies who work with Dole, but it will be a case-by-case basis.
Can you explain how you select start-ups & partners you work with?+
The selection process will be slightly different depending on your growth stage. The criteria that we will be evaluating are the technology & proprietary IP behind the product or the service, the scalability of the solution into our business and the team spirit and ability to understand our challenges. In the case of us proactively reaching out to you, we usually ask you to answer a few questions about your company, including team and fit with the challenge at hand to understand how a partnership could work. If you contact us regarding your product or technology, we will review your message and respond to the proposals that best fit our business priorities.