Selected UEBT Projects

UEBT engages in various projects and activities with different partners to promote the ethical sourcing of biodiversity. These projects let us further advance on our mission and vision. Examples of recent and ongoing collaborations include:

Donor: IFC* – Duration: March 2013 – June 2015

With the support of IFC, UEBT has been working to facilitate low-income farmers’ access to international biotrade markets, as well as to develop a sustainable Allanblackia supply chain in Tanzania. The following activities are included in this project:

  1. Access to standards verification and certification, including the training of local auditors and members, as well as supporting the development of additional market recognition options for biotrade supply chains.
  2. Product and supply chain development: support the strengthening of the Allanblackia supply chain, and facilitate market networking.
  3. Test and adapt UEBT’s impact monitoring system for the African context.

* International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Multi Donor BioTrade Trust. Fund supported by the Governments of Denmark and The Netherlands.

The IFC LAC BioTrade Program aims to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through engaging companies in the food and cosmetics sectors in ethical sourcing practices. It focuses on supporting local economic development in Brazil, as well as exploring the potential of ethical supply chains in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. UEBT supported the execution of the IFC LAC BioTrade Program through several projects:

Introducing private sector views in the revision process of ABS regulations in Brazil

Donor: IFC** –  Duration: Aug 2013 – Oct 2014

In 2013, UEBT launched a joint project with IFC and the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA) towards strengthening Brazilian rules, policies and procedures on access and benefit sharing (ABS). This project focuses on gathering, assessing and building on private sector perspectives on ABS, both in Brazil and around the world. On the basis of such activities, UEBT will develop recommendations that may be considered in enhancing existing ABS frameworks and approaches in Brazil, in a way that promotes innovation, improves local livelihoods and safeguards biodiversity.

** International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Project financed by the Ministry of Environment Brazil.

Strengthening the UEBT verification system in Latin America

Donor: IFC* – Duration: Dec 2011 – Feb 2014

This project, which finished in February 2014, included the following lines of action:

  1. Awareness raising on ethical biodiversity sourcing practices in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, through among others, awareness raising events and presentations at business events;
  2. Strengthening of the Ethical BioTrade verification system, including Latin American stakeholder consultation for the standard revision, development of verification tools (e.g. ingredient portfolio assessment tool, e-learning), and training of verification bodies and members in Brazil, Colombia and Peru;
  3. Measuring the impact of Ethical BioTrade promoted through the project, including the development of impact reports.

*International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Multi Donor BioTrade Trust. Fund supported by the Governments of Denmark and The Netherlands.

Market mapping: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru

Donor: IFC* – Duration:  June 2012 – Nov 2013

UEBT undertook a mapping of the cosmetics, food, and pharmaceutical sectors in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The purpose of the mapping was to provide insight in key opportunities and challenges in the food and cosmetics markets in Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Brazil, and to provide a sound basis for further growth of Ethical BioTrade in these markets. UEBT issued reports on each country, based on the project research and interviews with over 150 organizations, mostly companies.

Download the reports here.

*International Finance Corporation (IFC) – Multi Donor BioTrade Trust. Fund supported by the Governments of Denmark and The Netherlands.

Donor: GIZ – >Duration: Aug 2012 – Jan 2014

Also supported by GIZ, UEBT undertook a series of activities to support awareness and improved practices in the ethical sourcing of biodiversity. The project supported the 2013 edition of the UEBT Biodiversity Barometer, which marked five years of subsequent consumer research on biodiversity and offered deeper insight into certain trends. The project also built on prior collaboration on biocultural community protocols, with the development of guidelines for UEBT members to engage with local producers and activities in a respectful, balanced and informed dialogue.  Finally, the project also supported the training and practical support on access and benefit Sharing (ABS) for UEBT members.

Donor: GIZ – Duration: April 2011 – April 2013

In 2013, activities under a public private partnerships supported through GIZ, the German agency for development cooperation, and involving UEBT, PhytoTrade Africa and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative were successfully concluded. The project generated various tools, training material and experiences that support a growing number of companies to enhance their ABS practices in Africa. Additionally, the project established a basis for more constructive and informed dialogue between companies, policy-makers, regulators and other actors involved in the development and sourcing of natural ingredients. Finally, it has consolidated the expertise and experiences of project partners, enabling them to improve and build on their work to support turning ABS principles into practices that lead to improved livelihoods and the conservation of biodiversity in Africa.

Download the final report here.

Donor: IUCN – Duration: May 2010 – March 2013

Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the financial support of Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), UEBT has adapted the Ethical BioTrade verification system to Allanblackia oil. Allanblackia nuts used for the oil are obtained from wild collection and agroforestry systems by smallholders in various countries in Africa. Through the project, Allanblackia sourcing practices were verified against the Ethical BioTrade Standard, specific guidance materials were developed and companies, auditors, producers and other stakeholders received training. UEBT also conducted an assessment of the market potential for Allanblackia in the cosmetics sector. This project supported the training of more than one thousand producers of Allanblackia. The operations and supply chains of companies producing Allanblackia will continue to be periodically verified against the Ethical BioTrade Standard.