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Sustainability Council

OTA’s Sustainable Food Trade Action (SFTA) Council joined forces with two OTA Task Force groups to form the new OTA Sustainability Council in 2023. 95 companies are represented on the Council, check out the list below!

SFTA integrated with OTA in 2020 with the concept of a 1+1=3 consolidation. We incorporated SFTA members into the SFTA council and the group met quarterly and welcomed new members each year. During that time, other OTA members assembled task forces focused on the need to engage in climate advocacy and create resources to educate the industry on the value of organic and the intersection of organic and sustainability. Both the Climate Change Task Force and Advocating for Organic in National Retailer Sustainability Initiatives Task Force are concluding work on their specific projects, but the need for climate advocacy and communication toolkit development remain a top priority for OTA members. Establishing an OTA Sustainability Council encompassing all of these groups allows this work to continue at a larger scale on an ongoing basis.

The Sustainability Council serves as a hub for all member stakeholders engaged in sustainability management strategies. The Council meets quarterly with additional opportunities to connect and collaborate throughout the year.

Sustainability Council Officers:

Chair: Joseph Brinkley, Bonterra Organic Estates 

Vice Chair: John Foster, Wolf & Associates: The Organic Specialists 

Secretary: Beth-ann Roth, RK Invest Law

Meet our members     

Annual Reports

Hear from the Sustainability Council's Chair, Joseph Brinkley of Bonterrra Organic Estates, about their 2022 successes and future plans!

2023 Annual Report to the OTA Board 2022 Annual Report to the OTA Board 2021 Annual Report to the OTA Board

2023 Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, February 21 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific (teleconference)
  • Tuesday, April 11 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific (teleconference)
  • Tuesday, July 25 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific (teleconference)
  • Tuesday, October 10 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific (teleconference)


Danielle Cote

Associate Director, Member Engagement

(202) 524-3896