UEBT Newsletter December 2013


UEBT Board of Director new president

Rodrigo Brea, Global Procurement Director at Natura, Brazil, new President of the Board of Directors at the Union for Ethical BioTrade. Read the interview with Rodrigo here.

Save the Date! UEBT conference coming soon…

TheHuman Dimension of Biodiversity’ is the theme of the 6th Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference that UEBT is organising on 8 April 2014 in Paris.

Stay tuned for more information about the programme and speakers in early 2014.

Share the Save the Date with interested contacts. Download it here!

Shea tree: women’s gold

“Women’s gold” traditional name of the shea tree is the source of shea butter, a highly valued product in the cosmetic and food industry. The shea tree grows only in the Sahel region in Africa, area between the Sahara desert and Sudanian Sahara, with Ghana and Burkina Faso at its heart. Women in this region collect the shea fruit and extract the kernels later used in the production of shea butter. This represents an additional source of income for the local women for the three to four months a year the fruit is collected.

The Savannah Fruits Company (SFC) and Olvea Burkina Faso, both UEBT members, are working towards social and economic benefits of sourcing shea fruit while supporting the sustainable use of biodiversity and its preservation.

Click on the each company’s name to read the full story.

UEBT 2013 members

UEBT has welcomed in total fifteen new trading and affiliate members in 2013. Below their stories.

Affiliate Members

CAF – Development Bank Latin America – Latin America

Copecoh – Peru

IPPN  – Peru

Tozzini Freire Advogados – Environmental Practice Group – Brazil

Trading Members

CosNatVal – Bolivia

CRODAmazon – Brazil

IBL – Bolivia

Grupo Empresarial Valencia – Bolivia

ADA – Bolivia

Latitudes 23 – France

Madre Tierra Amazonía SRL – Bolivia

Native – Brazil

OLVEA Burkina Faso – Burkina Faso

Solabia Biotecnologia Ltda Unit II – Brazil

Sotramex – Madagascar

UEBT provisional members

UEBT’s new provisional members for the fourth quarter of 2013 are: Ecoterra, Firmenich Grasse and Agroindustrias Osho. Stakeholders are invited to provide their comments on Provisional Members regarding their compliance with the UEBT membership conditions.

UEBT in action

Towards more effective ABS legislation in Brazil – The Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and UEBT and are working together on a project to improve the implementation of ABS in Brazil. The project analyses private sector experiences and recommends how Brazilian rules could provide more incentives for innovation and sourcing of biodiversity, while ensuring equitable sharing of benefits.

Project workshop – In the context of this ABS project, a workshop on ‘Models and Incentives for Sharing the Benefits of Biodiversity’ was held in São Paulo, Brazil on 4 and 5 November. Participants from Brazil and abroad gathered to exchange experiences, ideas and perspectives on the implementation of ABS principles and rules in Brazil. Information about the workshop, including presentations, background notes and the Workshop report (in Portuguese) are available online.

Upcoming event

Sustainable Foods Summit, the 4rth edition will be held in San Francisco, on January 22 and 23, 2014. More information and registration here.

*Information on UEBT and partners’ events available at www.uebt.org/events

Members and partners news

Two UEBT members winners at the 2013 Sustainable Beauty Awards:

Weleda with over 90 years contributing to sustainability in the beauty sector wins the Sustainability Leadership Award.

Laboratoires Expanscience, with its Mustela eco-design packaging, wins the Sustainable Packaging Award. Congratulations to both!

ABS news

‘Final text reached for EU regulations on ABS’ – On 11 December, the European Council and the European Parliament reached a compromise on the proposed EU regulation on ABS. The regulation is aimed at establishing a framework governing compliance with access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol. The regulation will oblige companies or other organizations conducting research and development on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge – the ‘users’ of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge – to exercise due diligence to check compliance with applicable legal requirements. Each EU member state must designate one or more competent authorities with tasks that include verifying users’ compliance with their obligations. The compromise text of the EU regulation on ABS is expected to be adopted by the European Parliament in early 2014, paving the way for the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.

Publications & In the press

Here a selection of publications related to UEBT:

*7 October – Biodiversidad en Bolivia su importancia para el desarrollo

*6 September – Natural products, a growing demand in China

*August – October edition – 5 Members of the Union for Ethical BioTrade tell their story – Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza

*15 November – Native – Organic Products, newest member of the Union of Ethical BioTrade

*2013 Edition – Bioscience at a Crossroads: Access and Benefit Sharing in a Time of Scientific, Technological and Industry Change:


New address – The UEBT secretariat has a new address in Amsterdam. We are now sharing facilities with the UTZ certified non-profit organisation to further create synergies. You can find us at De Ruyterkade 6, 1013 AA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.