Sourcing with respect


How we collect, grow and use natural resources has profound implications for our living planet.  Companies that work with UEBT show they are sourcing with respect for people and nature.  

"Sourcing" refers to how companies, often working with farmers or local communities, collect, grow or harvest the raw materials used in products.  

"Sourcing with respect" is defined the UEBT Ethical BioTrade Standard that covers:

  • Biodiversity conservation (Learn more about biodiversity)

  • Sustainable use of biodiversity

  • Fair and equitable sharing of benefits

  • Local economic development

  • Compliance with national and international laws

  • Respect for human, labour, and indigenous rights

  • Consent from local and indigenous communities

The standard is an internationally recognized, voluntary sustainability standard, that was developed with inputs from experts, companies, local communities, and non profit organizations. 

You can make sure you are respecting people and the diversity of animals and plants on Earth by choosing products that have the UEBT certification mark.  


What does the UEBT certification mark mean? Is it the same as organic or cruelty-free?


Companies that work with UEBT continuously improve how they respect people and biodiversity. Biodiversity is the variety of all living things: plants, animals and microorganisms, and the ecosystems they form.   The UEBT certification mark, therefore, has three parts:

  • an image of a feline referring to animals

  • an image of a leaf referring to plants

  • an image of hands referring to people and to the need for humans to care for biodiversity

 The entire mark forms a circle, indicating our planet and ecological balance.       

While companies that work with UEBT commit to practices such as as protecting endangered species and pollinators, and reducing pesticides, it is important to understand that UEBT certification is not the same as organic certification.  However, many ingredients in UEBT member companies’ products are both UEBT certified and certified organic, and the two systems are complementary. 

UEBT certification is also different from the “cruelty-free” mark, and animal testing is outside the scope of the UEBT standard.  Companies that work with UEBT make separate commitments on this issue.