Verifying good practice
Consumers are increasingly demanding that businesses demonstrate a genuine commitment to ethical sourcing. UEBT verifies the commitments that companies have made to follow good practices and the steps they have taken to protect biodiversity and respect people’s rights.
Verifying company commitments
By becoming a UEBT member, companies pledge to source with respect for people and biodiversity. Every three years, UEBT inspects the systems that companies have in place for sourcing ingredients derived from biodiversity. As part of this process, companies establish work plans to gradually improve their practices, both within the company and in the geographical areas where ingredients are sourced.
What is assessed?
UEBT conducts assessments that range from a review of high-level commitments to a deep look into a company’s supply chain. The following elements are verified:
Ethical sourcing commitments
Sourcing and innovation policies
Risks in the natural ingredient portfolio
Natural ingredient supply chains
Verification is not like certification. It does not guarantee that a company complies with the UEBT standard. Instead, the assessment process is focused on improvement and learning.
UEBT member companies are permitted to communicate about their UEBT membership and use the UEBT member logo as long as they abide by UEBT’s claims policy.