About the Union

Launched in October 2007, the Union for Ethical BioTrade is a non-profit association that promotes the ‘Sourcing with Respect’ of ingredients that come from biodiversity. Members adopt sourcing practices that advance sustainable business growth, local development and biodiversity conservation. UEBT was created in 2007 as a spin off from the United Nations to promote business engagement in BioTrade.

The Union for Ethical BioTrade promotes the ‘Sourcing with Respect of ingredients that come from biodiversity.
To find out more, please download our profile document.

Ethical BioTrade is a set of business practices that follow the Ethical BioTrade Principles and Criteria that contribute to ethical sourcing of biodiversity.

Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.

By requiring its members to commit to gradually bringing their practices in line with Ethical BioTrade Principles, the Union for Ethical BioTrade aims to help companies negotiate the regulatory minefield of trading with local producers all over the world, while ensuring that benefits reach all of those involved.

By following the Union for Ethical BioTrade’s principles and criteria for ‘Sourcing with Respect’, companies can set themselves apart in the world market.

To promote Ethical BioTrade practices by offering UEBT members independent verification, technical support and networking opportunities for biodiversity-based innovation and sourcing.

To be the leading association of companies that are involved in biodiversity based innovation and sourcing, driving sustainable business growth, local development and biodiversity conservation.

Find out more about UEBT on our resources page where you find all our publicly available documents, including our profile and our latest edition of the barometer amongst others.

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