Sustainable Food Trade Association
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Who We Are

WhoWeAre Our mission is to build the capacity of the organic food trade to transition to sustainable business models. SFTA serves as a hub for businesses to learn, improve performance, communicate results, share common metrics and best practices. Thus, defining and driving excellence in environmentally sound, socially just business practices using a systems-based approach.

Benefits of Membership

BenefitsSustainable Food Trade Association membership provides companies with support and resources to integrate sustainability knowledge and practices in their operations. Join a powerful, diverse peer-learning community. These efforts help members achieve their sustainability goals and differentiate their business.

Consulting & Training

Consulting-TrainingSFTA offers two kinds of services – consulting and in-office sustainability trainings – tailored to your needs. Look towards SFTA for additional help with your sustainability programs! Available to non-members and members. Discounted fees for members.

Measure What Matters

MeasureThe Quick Impact Assessment is a free tool for organic companies to measure their impact on the environment, local communities, and workers. Get instant results and compare against others. Get help to improve and be a better business. A partnership of SFTA and B Lab.


NEW! Sustainability Snapshot Tool – This sustainability snapshot tool consolidates averages from the SFTA member reports across sectors (farmers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers) in the SFTA Metric Areas, and represent a challenge to achieve. There is a column for you to enter your performance data and see how you compare!

Upcoming SFTA Webinar – Search for the Emerald (Polymer) City: The Advantages and Challenges of Bio-Based Packaging, Monday, February 26 at 10am PT. The search for the most sustainable packaging solutions continues in the food industry. For many, bio-based plastics are key to achieving that goal. However, many challenges exist prior to reaching that mystical Emerald City of functional and sustainable green-polymer packaging. Click here for more info.

Attending Expo West? Come to the SFTA session: Climate 101 – The Building Blocks of Climate Action for Your Company on Thursday, March 8th, 1-2pm PT. SFTA’s session is designed to provide attendees with a strong foundational understanding of the nine areas that natural product companies can address to make the most impact on climate change. Presenters will focus in on some of these areas, highlighting the best practices that can make immediate impact in any company.

SFTA has published the 2017 Member Sustainability Progress Report, an annual report which highlights the dedication to sustainable business practices and the value that SFTA member companies place on achieving results. The internationally distributed magazine, Organic and Wellness News, has featured the SFTA Member Progress Report in the Winter 2017 issue. Check it out

Second case study in our series is now available for the SFTA action area: Climate Change. It features Outpost Natural Foods Co-op and their efforts on boosting access to and use of renewable power. Learn how they did it here.


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