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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.

Every five years UEBT revises its standard. A revision process has now started and the standard is open for public consultation.

Which documents are open for consultation?

Comments may be provided on the UEBT Standard (see below), which includes a brief description of the theory of change, possible application of the standard, as well as principles, criteria, and indicators.
If you prefer you can comment on the UEBT field checklists, which is linked to the standard.

Documents open for public consultation:

What is the consultation period?

Stakeholders views are collected through two rounds of consultation.

The first consultation period ran from 1 May to 31 July 2018.  Thank you to all those that participated and gave their feedback. We are currently reviewing the comments received to draft a revised standard. The UEBT Standards and Assurance Committee will review this revised standard in April 2019.

The second period for public consultation is expected to run from 20 May to 20 July 2019. Start of the 2nd round will be announced through the UEBT web-site and newsletter.

What will be done with your comments?

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

  • A revised standard will be elaborated and submitted for consultation again.

  • 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?

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