(Sept. 8, 3:55 p.m.) Dole Food Co., Westlake Village, Calif., has been named a finalist for the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2008 Award for Corporate Excellence.

As a finalist, Dole is one of 11 companies chosen from more than 60 nominations for exemplary corporate citizenship, according to a news release.

Dole was recognized for its environmental stewardship. The company offers training, environmental protection and health programs benefiting employees and their communities in foreign locations.

Dole recently planted its millionth tree under the company’s Chairs for Trees program aimed at increasing the number of desks and chairs available for local schools and has implemented recycling and reforestation initiatives, according to the release.