Full Member commitments/requirements
- Be a grower, processor, manufacturer, handler, broker, distributor, retailer or other business entity involved in the organic products trade, and
- Have at least one certified organic product line and demonstrate a commitment to grow the percentage of their business that is organic; or
- Provide material supplies, logistical support, or business or market development services to companies in the organic products trade
- Sign the Declaration of Sustainability, CEO or SVP level
- Complete the SFTA Quick Impact Assessment (QIA) developed in partnership with B Lab
- Submit an Annual Sustainability Report or Social Responsibility Report
- Participate in Sustainable Food Trade Association sustainability reporting activities
Full Member Benefits:
Education & Consultation
- Orientation with Sustainable Food Trade Association staff
- Initial benchmarking to inform your strategy and sustainability program
- Initial briefing: One-hour webinar on a sustainable business topic of your choice
- Initial coaching: Help with strategy, organization, data/reporting, improvement tactics
- Access to Sustainable Food Trade Association members’ annual sustainability reports
- Staff review and peer-to-peer feedback on annual sustainability report
- Free registration for all Sustainable Food Trade Association webinars
- Discounts for Workshops and Intensives hosted by SFTA
- Staff consult: Staff support offering resources and guidance to help you plan and implement sustainability programs.
Industry developed tools and resources
- Access to Members-only Member Center and Interactive Forum
- Full metrics and indicators set: Members use shared, industry-specific metrics, facilitating learning, benchmarking and progress
- Reporting templates and data tracking template
- Member Toolkits 1-6: Sustainability Programming, Measurement & Reporting, Resources, PR and Marketing, Developing Policies, Writing Sustainability Goals. These guide you through each step of sustainability programming, from strategy, policies, goals, reporting to continuous improvement and communications.
- Resource Guides (analysis, guidance, resources) to drive progress in Declaration areas
Networking & Collaboration
- Innovative industry focused collaborative member work groups
- Facilitated virtual networking (web platform)
- Attend Sustainable Food Trade Association members-only meetings
- Vote for and have the opportunity to serve on the Sustainable Food Trade Association Board of Directors
- Inclusion in annual Sustainable Food Trade Association member report
- Inclusion in press releases for relevant Sustainable Food Trade Association activities and member accomplishments
- Media referrals for sustainability activities
- Use of Sustainable Food Trade Association member logo
- Opportunity to be an Sustainable Food Trade Association sponsor
Full Member Fees
Dues are based on Gross Annual Revenue $US.
Note: Oregon Tilth, Provender Alliance and National Co+Op Grocers members are eligible for a 15% discount for their first year of SFTA membership and 5% off for membership years 2 through 4.
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Steps to Becoming a Full Member
- Submit a SFTA Membership Application
- Payment of Annual Dues
- Sign on to the Declaration of Sustainability — Upon submission, we will add you to the official signatory list and will work with you to help you start measuring, reporting on and improving your company’s sustainability practices.
- Publicize Your Commitment — We strongly recommend that your company inform employees, customers/consumers and other stakeholders about your SFTA membership to generate buy-in and excitement. An SFTA Member logo is available for your use.
- Build Internal Support — Form a sustainability task force to begin to develop a plan to realize the general goals of the “Declaration” and to monitor sustainability initiatives in your organization.
- Conduct an Annual Self Audit and Submit to SFTA — Within one year of signing the “Declaration” Full members shall complete the SFTA Quick Impact Assessment (QIA) developed in partnership with B Lab. As well, either submit to SFTA a self-audit assessing environmental and social performance in the Declaration’s 11-point action plan areas; or if your business already produces an Annual Sustainability or Social Responsibility Report it can serve as the annual “self-audit.”