Who are they?

Created in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Why they support us?

"We help the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. We engage business world-wide in biodiversity conservation. UEBT offers a practical tool for business involvement and mainstreaming sustainability principles".

UEBT/IUCN joint project

  • Developing a verification system for Allanblackia (Duration: May 2010 – March 2013)

Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the financial support of Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), UEBT has adapted the Ethical BioTrade verification system to Allanblackia oil. Through this project, Allanblackia sourcing practices in the supply chain were verified against the Ethical BioTrade Standard, specific guidance materials were developed and companies, auditors, producers and other stakeholders received training. UEBT also conducted an assessment of the market potential for Allanblackia in the cosmetics sector.  The operations and supply chains of companies producing Allanblackia continue to be periodically verified against the Ethical BioTrade Standard. 

 Allanblackia nuts used for the oil are obtained from wild collection and agroforestry systems by smallholders in various countries in Africa.

Allanblackia nuts used for the oil are obtained from wild collection and agroforestry systems by smallholders in various countries in Africa.

In February 2017, Unilever introduced UEBT certified Allanblackia seed oil on the market

After over a decade of research and work on the ground, Allanblackia oil has made its first introduction into the consumer market with the first spreadable organic margarine, a major milestone for this sustainable oil. In July of 2014, the UEBT had certified the process as meeting its sustainability standard. Unilever has been working alongside UEBT with local and global companies and organizations in the ‘Allanblackia Partnership’ to develop sustainable sources of Allanblackia oil in a way that provides social, economic, and environmental benefits for the countries producing it.