UEBT partners

UEBT partners with various governmental and non-governmental organisations to achieve our mission and promote sourcing with respect for people and biodiversity.

We support this capacity building initiative to help countries develop effective policies for access and benefit sharing (ABS) and the private sector to ensure their supply chains are compliant with ABS rules.


UEBT was created through UNCTAD in 1997 with the aim of increasing private sector engagement in BioTrade. We are currently working with the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative to review the BioTrade principles and criteria, disseminate best practices, and promote the global uptake of ethical sourcing in BioTrade.

We collaborate  with this UN body to measure public awareness, put biodiversity on the corporate agenda and promote good practices in access and benefit sharing, all in support of the convention’s objectives.


We work with CONABIO to develop methods for assessing and improving the impacts of small business initiatives within local and indigenous communities.

We partner with EcoEnterprises Fund to support investment in small businesses that actively contribute to conserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods for local communities. UEBT also supports EcoEnterprises Fund on issues such as supply chain verification, monitoring and evaluation, and access and benefit sharing. Read Tammy Newmark, EcoEnterprises Fund interview: here.


We partner with Fauna & Flora International on identifying, implementing and monitoring field projects that involve community and/or small enterprises.  We share technical expertise on biodiversity conservation, ABS, and verification of ethical supply chains. Read the interview of Zoe-Quiroz-Cullen, Director, Conservation Finance and Enterprise at FFI: here


We joined forces with the Global Nature Fund to increase private sector action on biodiversity. One example includes a biodiversity action plans manual we developed to enhance the biodiversity benefits of farming.

We partner with the Swiss development corporation agency on projects to promote ethical BioTrade as a source of sustainability and livelihood development. E.g. Regional Southeast Asia BioTrade project.

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We have joint programs with this certification programme on herbal tea and vanilla in order to promote the uptake of our two standards.