Become a member


Businesses can get started on the pathway to improvement by first becoming a UEBT member.  We are open to any organisation committed to sourcing with respect.  There are two categories of membership: trading and affiliate.  Trading members are companies involved in the collection, processing or harvesting of natural materials from biodiversity.

Trading members adhere to the UEBT membership conditions and we verify their good practice.

Affiliate members are NGOs or other like-minded groups that share UEBT's vision and work to support and promote our mission and the principles inside the Ethical BioTrade Standard.  

What we offer

  • The opportunity to be part of a growing movement of companies and NGOs committed to sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity.

  • Credible, flexible verification solutions to improve your business and reassure customers.

  • Independent expertise and advisory services to improve operations.

Become a Trading Member

The starting point for any company is a formal commitment to UEBT membership conditions and obligations.  Once this commitment is made, the company follows a three-step pathway to become a Trading Member.

1.   Complete and submit an application

2.   Pass an external assessment

  • Assessment covers the company’s ethical sourcing system

  • Assessment performed by UEBT or a qualified external certification body

  • UEBT can offer alternative solutions to fit the needs of companies

3.   Submit a workplan

  • Workplan must focus on improving the ethical sourcing system

  • Workplan must be approved by UEBT or the certification body

  • Upon approval of the workplan, the company must pay an annual membership fee

Through our partnership with UEBT, we have really deepened our commitment to organic and ethical sourcing over the last 10 years and are very proud that, together with our customers, we do our bit in protecting the planet.
— An Dreissens, Head of Global Marketing, Weleda

Membership fees

Membership fees are paid annually and are calculated based on the total annual revenue of the member organisation.

Minimum annual fees: € 500
Maximum annual fees: € 30,000

*Note: 50% of the membership fee is paid with the initial application (registration fee)

Enter your annual turnover in Euros:

Annual membership fee:


Become an Affiliate Member

This starting point involves submitting an application form and agreeing to the following:

1.   Commitment to UEBT’s vision, mission and the Ethical BioTrade Standard

2.   Commitment to actively promote ethical sourcing practices in the organisation’s work

3.   Payment of an annual membership fee

Enter your Organisation type:
Enter your annual turnover in Euro:
Annual membership fee: