Introducing UEBT

UEBT is a non-profit association that promotes respectful sourcing. We support and verify companies committed to innovation and sourcing that contribute to a world where human and biodiversity thrive.

We set out good practices for how companies and their suppliers supply ingredients specifically for the food, cosmetic and natural pharmaceutical industries.

We are internationally recognized for our work promoting business contributions to sustainable development goals.

What is Sourcing with Respect?

Good practices we set out to serve as a guide for how companies and their suppliers should harvest, collect or plant natural ingredients in a way that respects the local environment and people call it home. We call this “sourcing with respect.” Companies, communities, civil society and other stakeholders involved in developing these practices are collectively referred to as the UEBT standards.

Partnering with UEBT is a powerful way for businesses to demonstrate impact on consumers, governments and other supply chain actors, and the UEBT certification allows us all to choose brands, products and ingredients that contribute to a world where people and biodiversity develop.

 

The history of UEBT

 

1992

States ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity, and to ensure fair and equitable benefit sharing.

 

1996

To support CBD's goals, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launches the BioTrade Initiative

 

2007

UEBT is born, following an initiative of UNCTAD to promote business engagement in ethical biodiversity sources.

 

1975

UEBT moved to independent offices and started formal cooperation with the CBD Secretariat

 

2015

UEBT initiation certification for natural ingredients and general UEBT / UTZ herbal tea certification program

 

2018

UEBT Ethical Sourcing System Certification Begins, With Weleda and Natura Cosmetics as Launch Partners