Sustainable Food Trade Association
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The Sustainable Food Trade Association is a non-profit trade association.  Our membership is comprised of a diverse mix of organic producers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, as well as related vendors, suppliers, aligned organizations and individuals. We believe that the organic food and farm sector must integrate environmentally sound, socially just business practices using a systems-based approach in order to reach its full potential. We support our members in implementing innovative sustainable business practices across the supply chain, from farm to retail. Our mission is to build the capacity of the organic food trade to transition to sustainable business models. We seek members and partners who will join us in advocating for this meaningful change within the entire organic sector.

What We Do

We understand that the growth of the organic foods trade requires that the same values used to produce organic foods be used in conducting the business of selling them.  Implementing these sustainable practices can create strategic advantages, positive messaging and help to increase market share. The Sustainable Food Trade Association serves as one of the primary resources in promoting and implementing sustainable business practices in the organic trade through our partnerships with industry businesses, non-profits, and trade associations.  SFTA assists its members to:

  • Develop and evaluate their sustainability programs
    • Set a sustainability strategy
    • Benchmark current performance
    • Collaboratively develop industry metrics
    • Access reporting tools and templates specific to the organic sector
    • Review of sustainability progress
  • Innovate and promote best practices by providing
    • Educational programs: webinars, workshops, consultations
    • Promotional programs: articles, presentations, social media
    • Access to member sustainability reports and case studies
    • Learning communities and networking events
  • Advocate for change within their businesses and in the organic food and farm sector
    • Declaration of Sustainability
    • Internal training programs
    • Case studies to inform, inspire and stimulate research
    • Action alerts
    • Strategic partnerships with other associations and non-governmental organizations