22 May 2013

How biodiversity is reshaping the beauty industry

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UEBT conference report released on the International Day for Biodiversity

Amsterdam, 22 May 2013 – International Day for Biodiversity. The Union for Ethical BioTrade published the report of this year’s Beauty of Sourcing with Respect Conference today. This annual conference brings together cosmetics and personal care companies to share experiences on the ethical sourcing of biodiversity.

 Attention for biodiversity keeps growing

In the light of today’s International Day for Biodiversity, the conference’s outlook is positive: biodiversity awareness of consumers is up (from 56% to 65% in Germany, France, UK and USA between 2009 and 2013), as is beauty companies’ reporting on biodiversity (from 13% in 2009 to 32% in 2013). The private sector is increasingly aware of the importance of ethical sourcing of biodiversity, especially in emerging economies, which increasingly shape the sustainability agenda. Ricardo Faucon, President of the Board of UEBT summed up: “There is a clear evolution with growing awareness among consumers, in company approaches and in government perspectives.” “This awareness now needs to be linked to action”, stipulated David Ainsworth from the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Read the whole press release and conference report here: UEBT PR BSR 2013 report

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