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
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
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 and natural wax 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:
- Working with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Convention on Biological Diversity to broker and strengthen their relationships with the private sector.
- Partnering with the ABS Capacity Development Initiative to ensure that companies harvesting from biodiversity respect the original users of the land and that benefits are shared with them.
- Collaborating with the government of Mexico (CONABIO) to develop an assessment tool for local communities that use their biodiversity to make a living, in sectors such as honey production and ecotourism. We also collaborate with Origens Brazil, which brings ingredients from local communities in the Amazon Xingu closer to consumers.