Sustainable Sourcing Links
This is not a comprehensive list. If you think a sustainability initiative should be added, contact the EFP director.
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the global standard for sustainable sourcing and is partnered with many big-name corporations such as Bacardi, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and McDonald’s to recognize, develop and implement sustainable practices in mainstream agricultural production.
CanadaGAP is a food safety program for fresh fruits and vegetables. The program consists of national food safety standards and a certification system for produce suppliers. Two manuals, one specific to greenhouse operations, the second for other fruit and vegetable operations, have been designed for companies implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in their production, packing and storage operations and for repackers and wholesalers implementing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs. The program is also designed for fresh produce brokers implementing best practices in supplier management and product traceability. The program is based on HACCP and undergoes a rigorous technical review and oversight by Canadian government officials. The program is open to suppliers who need to demonstrate to their customers that they are meeting food safety requirements. Program participants are required to pass a third party audit specifically based on the CanadaGAP manuals.
Verified Beef Production (VBP) is Canada’s verified on-farm food safety program for beef – a dynamic program to uphold consumer confidence in the products and good practices of this country’s beef producers. Canada’s beef producers already have a reputation for acting responsibly, but VBP takes that to a new level. Grass-roots driven and industry-led, the program is part of a broad effort by Canada’s food providers to ensure on-farm food safety. It’s based on the principles of an international quality control program used widely in many industries, called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), which has been specifically adapted for VBP. The overall result is stronger competitiveness for Canada’s beef industry, as food safety continues to grow as a major factor in consumer buying decisions.
Through proAction, Canadian dairy farmers collectively demonstrate responsible stewardship of their animals and the environment, sustainably producing high quality, safe and nutritious food for consumers. To offer the best milk every day, Canadian dairy farmers have excellent standards and practices. DFC and members initiated the development of proAction to offer a program to farmers that will assure our clients about the good practices on Canadian dairy farms. With proAction, farmers offer proof they work to ensure milk quality and safety, while meeting societal expectations related to animal care, health, welfare as well as environmental stewardship.