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Highline Mushrooms 

Friday, April 26, 2024
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, BC


CPMA, in partnership with the International Federation for Produce Standards and the Global Coalition of Fresh Produce, hosted the International Sustainability Summi in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 26, 2024. This one-day event focused on advancing discussions towards a standardized approach to sustainability implementation and reporting for the global fresh produce industry.

The International Sustainability Summit featured speakers from across the globe who discussed the leading sustainability challenges for the fresh produce industry.

Summit Agenda & Session Recordings

 Welcome, Agenda & Meeting Goals (Video recording)

  • Dan Duguay, Sustainability Specialist, CPMA

Opening Remarks | Tom Rosser, Assistant Deputy Minister, and Minister Lawrence MacAulay, Agriculture & Agrifood Canada (Video recording)

Keynote speakers – A Globally Sustainable Fresh Produce Supply Chain: Challenges, Barriers and Opportunities
The State of Sustainability - Efforts Impacting Global Produce Supply Chains
Decoding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting & Investing Trends
Aligning Global Produce Supply Chain Sustainability Practices with UNSDGS – Lessons to date
Plenary Panel Session – Sustainability in Action | Produce sector leaders taking a systems-centric approach to sustainability


The participant breakout sessions focused on helping shape a Draft Fresh Produce Sustainability Charter by identifying for each of the sustainability themes -  Environmental, Social and Governance - the following elements:

  • Principles to guide the industry towards harmonized practices,
  • Ongoing Activities to take into account,
  • Leading Risks to achieve harmonization, and
  • Priority Actions towards harmonization.

The preliminary findings of the breakout sessions were collected and analyzed in real time and provided to participants as word clouds; the breakout session report video recording outlines the key findings as well as next steps. (Video recording)

Next Steps

A Summit report including a Fresh Produce Sustainability Charter will be drafted in Q2 2024, informed by the Summit key findings and breakout sessions, in order to:

  • Promote the importance of sustainability for the fresh produce sector
  • Advocate for support of sustainability efforts and initiatives
  • Accelerate adoption of sustainability actions
  • Achieve the desired and required state of sustainability

Summit Presentations

The summit presentation slides are available here