Ethical BioTrade Standard

The Ethical BioTrade Standard builds on the seven BioTrade Principles and Criteria as developed by the UNCTAD BioTrade initiative.

UEBT Trading Members use the Ethical BioTrade Standard to shape their biodiversity sourcing practices. They develop biodiversity management systems that further the implementation of the Ethical BioTrade standard in their own operations as well as throughout their supply chains.

In joining UEBT, a company agrees to comply with the principles of Ethical BioTrade. This means using practices that promote the sustainable use of natural ingredients, while ensuring that all contributors along the supply chain are paid fair prices and share the benefits derived from the use of biodiversity.

To download this version of the standard click on the relevant language.
STD01 – Ethical BioTrade Standard – 2012-04-11 in English, SpanishPortuguese and French

The Ethical BioTrade standard has been reviewed between July 2009 and April 2012.
(To see more information on this process please click here).

The revised Ethical BioTrade standard – STD01 – Ethical BioTrade standard_2012-04-11 has been formally endorsed by the UEBT Board of Directors on April 11th, 2012, following the standardization procedure (see more details below).
The revised Standard is used in all up-coming third party audits.

Below you can find the original 2007 version of the standard, which formed the basis of the new revised standard.
Please note this version below is no longer in use.
STD01-BioTrade Verification Framework for Native Natural Products English, French and Spanish

The Union for Ethical BioTrade is a full member of ISEAL Alliance, the global association for social and environmental standards systems, and the Ethical BioTrade Standard has been designed in accordance with its requirements as well as those of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

These requirements include the need to periodically review the standard and ensure wide stakeholder involvement during the review process.

Between 2009 and 2011, while going through the public consultations, the UEBT Secretariat had the opportunity to learn more about the standard revision process. Following this experience and to ensure a well-balanced process, the UEBT Secretariat modified the standardization procedure (PRO06) and the Terms of Reference of the UEBT Standard Committee (GOV08). The main modifications focused on stakeholder balance and the approval phase of the revised standard as detailed in the documents below.

  •  – Standardisation process
  • GOV08 – Standard and Assurance Committee Terms of Reference

The UEBT Standardization process will be revised in 2016 in preparation of the revision process of the UEBT standard which is foreseen start towards the end of 2016.
(To see more information on this process please click here).

If you have any comments, please do no hesitate to contact the UEBT Secretariat at the following email address: [email protected]