Setting the standard


UEBT sets good practices for what ethical sourcing looks like for companies using natural ingredients. UEBT standards are used to independently check that good practices are systemically applied.

Ethical BioTrade Standard

The Ethical BioTrade Standard (also known as the UEBT standard) consists of seven principles touching on important social, environmental and economic issues. The standard defines ethical practices for sourcing and innovation that contribute to a world in which people and biodiversity thrive.


The UEBT standard builds on the BioTrade Principles and Criteria as developed by the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative. It was last revised in 2012 after a comprehensive consultation with a wide range of company, community and civil society stakeholders.

To ensure continuous improvement of the scheme, UEBT welcomes any proposals, inputs or clarifications to the UEBT standard

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