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Who we are

UEBT is a non-profit association that promotes sourcing with respect. We support and verify companies’ commitments to innovation and sourcing that contribute to a world in which people and biodiversity thrive.

We set good practices for how companies and their suppliers source natural ingredients.

We are internationally recognised for our work advancing business contributions to sustainable development goals.

What is sourcing with respect?

The good practices we set act as a guidepost for how companies and their suppliers should harvest, collect or grow natural ingredients in a way that is respectful of the local environment and the people who call it home. We call this "sourcing with respect."  Companies, communities, civil society and other stakeholders are involved in developing these practices, collectively known as the UEBT standard.

Working with UEBT is a powerful way for businesses to demonstrate impact to consumers, governments and other supply chain actors, and UEBT certification allows all of us to choose brands, products and ingredients that are contributing to a world in which people and biodiversity thrive.

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Our vision

Companies’ innovation and sourcing of natural ingredients contribute to a world in which people and biodiversity thrive.

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Our mission

To support and validate best practices of companies committed to ethical sourcing and innovation of natural ingredients for the benefit of people and biodiversity.

 

Our history

 
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1992

Countries adopt the Convention on Biological Diversity to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity, and to ensure fair and equitable benefit sharing

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1996

To support CBD objectives, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launches the BioTrade Initiative

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2007

UEBT is born, following an UNCTAD initiative to promote business engagement in the ethical sourcing of biodiversity

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2008

UEBT moves to independent offices and begins a formal partnership with the CBD Secretariat

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2015

UEBT certification begins for natural ingredients and the joint UEBT/UTZ herbal tea certification program

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2018

UEBT ethical sourcing system certification begins, with Weleda and Natura Cosmetics as launching partners