Are you pioneering sustainable sourcing practices in your product?
The Union for Ethical BioTrade’s Biodiversity Awards recognise companies in the food sector whose activities promote the conservation of biodiversity as well as the equitable sharing of benefits throughout the supply chain. They illustrate the importance of biodiversity to the food industry as well as providing examples of how ethical sourcing practices can be put in place.
The Awards are open to companies in the food sector, both UEBT and non-UEBT members.
Biodiversity Awards Brazil 2012
Ouro Verde Amazon was granted the Biodiversity Award in the Food Ingredients Excellence Awards in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in September. Ouro Verde received the award for the sourcing of Brazil nuts in the Brazilian Amazon. UEBT coordinated this award with the aim to encourage biodiversity conservation.
UEBT Biodiversity Award winners 2011
In 2011 two winners were awarded, Lotus Foods and Guayapi.
Lotus Foods was awarded for its work in bringing traditional rice varieties to international markets and in so doing protecting rice biodiversity worldwide. The company also works with producers pioneering new ways of growing rice that cut down on water use, reduce methane emissions and promote more biodiversity friendly cultivation environments.
Guayapi was awarded for its work sourcing warana (guarana) from the Sateré Mawé communities living in the Central Amazon rainforest. Guayapi works directly with the General Council of the Sateré Mawé Tribe and pays significantly higher prices than the market average. In addition, the communities use methods to cultivate the Warana that mimic the original forest, helping to protect and restore forest biodiversity.
UEBT Biodiversity Award winners 2010
2010 winners were Unilever for its work with Allanblackia oil and Coop Switzerland for its work promoting biodiversity with the consumer.