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Revision of the UEBT Ethical BioTrade Standard

UEBT sets good practices for how companies and their suppliers source natural ingredients with respect for people and biodiversity. UEBT’s Ethical BioTrade Standard is used to independently check that such good practices are systematically applied.

The UEBT Standard guides commitments of UEBT members, is used for the UEBT ingredient and sourcing system certifications, the UEBT/UTZ herbal tea and vanilla programs, as well as in the Herbs and Spices Program that UEBT and Rainforest Alliance are currently developing.

Why the revision?

Following good practice in standard-setting,* we revise the UEBT Standard every five years through a participatory process including two public consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including companies, affected local and indigenous communities, NGOs, governments and academia.

Our first consultation ended in late 2018 (see report). We received more than 200 comments** from 80+ organisations and have incorporated these into a new draft for our second public consultation. This second consultation is your chance to have your say in what will become the next version of the Standard. 

What is the consultation period?

The second period for public consultation will run from 20 May to 31 August 2019.

Which documents are open for consultation?

Comments may be provided on the UEBT Standard, which includes a brief description of the theory of change, possible application of the Standard, as well as principles, criteria, and indicators.

How to participate

There are different ways to give input:

Region Country Dates Contact
Europe Amsterdam, UEBT offices 27 August
Africa Madagascar 9-12 July
South America Brazil 26 September
Asia Vietnam 19 August
Asia Myanmar 22 August
Africa South Africa 6 September 2019
Asia India 17 September 2019

What will be done with your comments?

  • All comments will be reviewed as per the Standard revision Terms of Reference.

  • A revised Standard will be developed and stakeholders will given an opportunity to provide feedback on the revision process and its results as well as any additional issues that might require further work in future

  • A summary report of all comments will be made available.

  • Comments will not be attributed to specific persons or organisations.

What is the governance of the Standard revision process?

( If you have any input on this process please let us know via the email address below and they will be considered appropriately in the next round of the  revision process.)

More information?

Please email us at

*UEBT is a full member of the ISEAL Alliance and follows its Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.

** This report is a brief synopsis of comments received in the 1st consultation phase and main changes made to the Ethical BioTrade standard.

A wide range of stakeholders – companies, communities, civil society – contributed in 2011 and again in 2017 to the development of the UEBT Ethical BioTrade standard, which is based on the BioTrade principles.