Joining forces


UEBT brings together a range of stakeholders (companies, NGOs, governments) to promote sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity. We pursue collaboration as a critical way to transform practices in the cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical sectors. UEBT uses different strategies: it collaborates with its members, establishes private sector working groups, and works with civil society partners.

All partnerships are guided by the Ethical Biotrade Standard (also known as the UEBT standard), which sets good practices for how companies and their suppliers source natural ingredients.

A membership association

UEBT is a membership association open to any organisation that is committed to sourcing with respect. UEBT has two membership categories: Trading and Affiliate

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.


Why become a member?

  • Demonstrate corporate commitment

  • Improve business practices

  • Access expertise of UEBT and its partners

  • Join forces with like-minded companies


Special initiatives and working groups on responsible sourcing

UEBT is involved in various initiatives that bring together local and international stakeholders to improve sourcing practices. These initiatives operate on a pre-competitive basis that goes beyond any individual supply chain to build on collaboration on landscape level issues such as local working conditions and ecosystem conservation. There are currently working groups focused on:

  • wild collected herbs in Madagascar

  • natural wax (Carnauba) from Brazil



Civil society partners

To build a broad-based movement of ethical sourcing of biodiversity, UEBT partners with other organisations. We also engage with organisations that support local communities and community based enterprises to make a living from the sustainable use of biodiversity. Prominent partnerships include:

The Secretariat of the Convention is excited to continue working with the Union for Ethical BioTrade, and raising awareness of biodiversity, its values for human well-being, and the ways that people and companies can protect it.
— Dr. Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD