The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) is a nonprofit association that promotes „Sourcing with Respect“ of ingredients that come from biodiversity . Members commit to their assurance of biodiversity, respect traditional knowledge and ensure equitable sharing of benefits all along the supply chain , following the Ethical BioTrade Standard. [1] Ethical BioTrade Standard, developing a work-plan for gradual compliance for all natural, the commitment to continuous improvement of compliance is achieved. [2]


UEBT is a membership-based organization that was created in May 2007 [3] in Geneva, Switzerland. It was conceptualized in response to multiple developments. First of all, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) acknowledges that additional efforts are needed to reach out to the private sector . The CBD recognized the link between business and biodiversity, the role of the private sector and the role of the private sector. [4]In pursuit of the decisions that CBD parties had taken regarding private sector engagement and the use of standards in this, the idea of ​​UEBT was conceived. The creation of the Union for Ethical BioTrade is also a response to the need for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries for differentiated biodiversity-based products in the market. Finally, UEBT built on efforts initiated by the BioTrade Initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which was created to contribute to a biodiversity strategy for sustainable development . [5]

On 8 May 2007, a meeting of the founding members took place and the articles of association were approved. To support the efforts of the Union, the CBD and UEBT signed in Memorandum of Understanding in December 2008, to encourage companies involved in BioTrade to adopt and promote good practices. [6]


ALTHOUGH the CBD and CSD Provide general principles, [7] not much practical guidance is Currently available to help business advance on the ethical sourcing of biodiversity. UEBT fills this gap and makes concrete contributions to biodiversity conservation and local sustainable development. Ethical BioTrade, et promotes, facilitates and recognizes ethical sourcing of biodiversity in line with the objectives of the CBD. [8]

In order to achieve these goals, UEBT supports its members in the membership process and in their work towards implementing the Ethical BioTrade Standard. It also provides technical support, organizes regular conferences and workshops around the world of biodiversity. [9]


UEBT manages the Ethical BioTrade Standard, which provides a basis for UEBT Trading Members to improve their biodiversity sourcing practices. UEBT members develop a greater degree of flexibility in the implementation of the Ethical BioTrade Standard in their own operations involving natural ingredients, as well as in their supply chains. [10]

In joining UEBT, a company agrees to comply with the principles of Ethical BioTrade. This means clustering using Practices That Promote the sustainable use of natural ingredients, while Ensuring That All contributors along the supply chain are paid fair prices and share the benefits derived from the use of biodiversity. The Ethical BioTrade Standard is mainstreamed in the operations of UEBT trading members, including for instance in research , innovation and development. [11]

UEBT members undergoes third party audits . UEBT works with the following Verification Bodies: Imaflora, SGS Qualifor, NaturaCert, Control Union Certifications, Ecocert SA, SGS Peru SAC, Soil Association , IBD Certificates (IBD), Biotropico SA, IMO do Brasil, and Rainforest Alliance .

The Ethical BioTrade Standard builds on the seven Principles and Criteria [12] as developed by the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative. First established in 2007, it was revised in April 2011, following the requirements of the ISEAL Alliance and the World Trade Organization (WTO). These requirements include the need to periodically review the Standard and ensure wide stakeholder participation during the review process. [13]

Biodiversity Barometer

Every year the UEBT publishes the Biodiversity Barometer. [14] The Biodiversity Barometer contains the results of studies commissioned by UEBT awareness and Provides Insights is Evolving biodiversity awareness Among Consumers and how the beauty industry we carry biodiversity. [15] [16] [17] [18] Aichi Biodiversity Target 1 in the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership’s Aichi Passport. [19]


The Union for Ethical BioTrade has several types of trading companies: brands, producers and processing companies, mainly in the global cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food sector. Current UEBT trading members include Natura , Weleda , Expanscience Laboratories and Aroma Forest. UEBT also has affiliate members, which currently includes the International Finance Corporation (IFC), MEB – Movimento Empresarial Brasileiro pela Biodiversidade, PhytoTrade Africa and Rongead.


The Union for Ethical BioTrade is financed by membership fees and contributions from donors.


The General Assembly acts as the governing body of UEBT and meets the members of the Board. The General Assembly is composed of all UEBT Members. Provisional, Trading and Affiliate Members have the right to vote and elect the Board of Directors, thereby approving the management of the organization. UNCTAD, the CBD and the International Finance Corporation act as observers to the Board. To support the functioning of UEBT, the Board has appointed various committees, including an appeals committee, a membership committee, and a standards committee.


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