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.

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 collaborate with different projects of the German development cooperation agency to assess the impacts of UEBT certification, to support sector-wide efforts in Brazil, and to train local policymakers and businesses on ABS. Examples include: Private business action for biodiversity, Indo-German Biodiversity Program, Central America project on ABS.


We joined forces with the Global Nature Fund to increase private sector action on biodiversity. One example includes a business 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.


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

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.