PIER LUIGI SIGISMONDI Dole

Dole Packaged Foods

Pier Luigi Sigismondi

President, Dole Packaged Foods

Although at Dole Packaged Foods for just over a year, Pier Luigi Sigismondi is already playing a leading role in bringing the company into a new sustainable and purpose-led future.

In June, Dole launched its Dole Promise in the region. Among other things, the company is committed to zero fruit loss by 2025, reduced carbon emissions, and working to remove plastic packaging from the supply chain.

Dole says the promise draws on the Japanese philosophy of sampo yoshi, which views the well-being of business and society as interdependent.

Sigismondi, who joined Dole as global president based out of Singapore in April last year, believes sustainability in the retail industry depends on knocking down silos and being open to new collaborations throughout the supply chain, from farm to table.

"The world has moved in a new direction with new technologies driven by venture-capital funds and startups, and we should be leveraging this,” Sigismondi tells Business Insider. "Our challenge is to create a model where we can connect our different partnerships all together in an ecosystem where people, planet and prosperity work together and not at the cost of each other."