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.
About UEBT membership
Trading members are mostly companies who are actively involved in the collection or cultivation of plant materials. They might also be companies that process natural ingredients into active ingredients, such as essential oils and herbal teas, or companies that manufacture final products. By sourcing with respect, companies are demonstrating leadership in their sector.
An example of an affiliate member would be a local NGO that is promoting ethical sourcing as a solution to combat biodiversity loss or poverty.
Members adhere to the UEBT membership conditions and we verify their good practice.
Membership gives you…
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
Registration fee must be paid
UEBT verifies eligibility
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
Membership fees are paid annually and are based on the total annual revenue of the member organisation.
|Turover (€)||Mem. Fees|
|0 - 1.9 million||€ 500|
|2 million - 4.9 million||€ 1'000|
|5 million - 9.9 million||€ 1'500|
|10 million - 19.9 million||€ 3'000|
|20 million - 49.9 million||€ 5'000|
|50 million - 74.9 million||€ 7'500|
|75 million - 99,9 million||€ 10'000|
|100 million - 249,9 million||€ 12'500|
|250 million - 499,9 million||€ 15'000|
|500 million - 999,9 million||€ 17'500|
|1 billion - 1,49 billion||€ 20'000|
|1.5 billion - 1,99 billion||€ 25'000|
|2 billion and higher||€ 30'000|
*Note: Registration fees are calculated as 50% of the 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