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Ethical Sourcing System certification

 

Certifying ethical sourcing systems

UEBT's certification of a company's ethical sourcing system validates that a company has incorporated the requirements from the UEBT standard into its systems for sourcing and innovating natural ingredients. Inspections are conducted by independent auditors, who verify the implementation of policies and procedures.

What is assessed?

The certification process inspects the following:

  • Company, brand or product line specific ethical sourcing commitments

  • Due diligence systems covering suppliers, supply chains, and access and benefit sharing (ABS)

  • Risk assessment in natural ingredient portfolios

  • Ethical BioTrade verification system for prioritized supply chains

  • Traceability systems for natural ingredients

  • Communications and marketing policies

Claims

UEBT member companies with a certified ethical sourcing system are permitted to use the UEBT certification mark according to the UEBT claims policy.

Upon achieving ethical sourcing system certification, a company can say that its sourcing and innovation practices align with the Ethical BioTrade Standard (the UEBT standard).

Our new certification seal indicates that a company has been independently certified to meet standards that require their sourcing of natural ingredients to be respectful of biodiversity and the people who depend on it.  The UEBT certification mark has three parts: an image of a feline referring to animals, an image of a leaf referring to plants, and an image of hands referring to people and to the need for humans to care for biodiversity.  The entire mark forms a circle, indicating our planet and ecological balance.

Our new certification seal indicates that a company has been independently certified to meet standards that require their sourcing of natural ingredients to be respectful of biodiversity and the people who depend on it.

The UEBT certification mark has three parts: an image of a feline referring to animals, an image of a leaf referring to plants, and an image of hands referring to people and to the need for humans to care for biodiversity.

The entire mark forms a circle, indicating our planet and ecological balance.

 
We decided to partner with UEBT because we wanted to have a management system and a standard that covers all three pillars of sustainability, and not only the supplier but all the actors through to the field where the raw material is coming from, whether grown or wild collected.
— Annette Piperidis, International Strategic Sourcing Coordinator, Weleda