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 Sustainability Snapshot
    • 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.

Gross Annual Revenue Dues Level
<$10 million $1,000
$10-100 Million $2,500
$101-400 Million $4,000
>$400 Million $5,000

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 Sustainability Snapshot.