What is UEBT?
UEBT (Union for the Ethical Biotrade) is an international non-profit European association that promotes the sourcing of natural ingredients with respect. UEBT supports and verifies the sourcing commitments of companies that contribute to a world in which all people and biodiversity thrive.
To this end, UEBT establishes best practices on how companies and their suppliers source biodiversity-derived ingredients for the beauty, food, natural pharmaceuticals, flavors and fragrances sectors. , herbs and spices, among others.
Yves Rocher has been a member of UEBT since 2020.
What does this mean for Yves Rocher?
At Yves Rocher, the commitment has been evident since 1999 , in particular through our 60 hectares of organic fields cultivated in agroecology in Brittany .
By becoming a member of the UEBT in 2020, Yves Rocher has joined companies committed to the ethical sourcing of ingredients from biodiversity.
In 2021, Yves Rocher therefore decided to take an additional step towards the protection of species and people thanks to the UEBT certification of its Gacilian sectors. T he 9 emblematic plants of the brand, Roman Chamomile, Matricaria Chamomile, Cornflower, Calendula, Ficoide, Edulis, Nasturtium, Mint and Arnica are now UEBT certified.
The certification of our supply chains is a first step in our sustainable supply approach because Yves Rocher aims to have its entire supply system certified by 2023.
"Working with UEBT is a powerful way for Yves Rocher to demonstrate its commitment to consumers, governments and other supply chain actors."
What does UEBT ingredient certification mean?
Certification by UEBT ensures that an ingredient is sourced with respect for people and biodiversity. The certification applies to a specific ingredient. Certification is granted once independent audits verify compliance with the criteria of the UEBT BioTrade standard which is based on the following 7 principles:
- Biodiversity conservation
- Sustainable use of biodiversity
- Fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of biodiversity
- Socio-economic sustainability (production, financial and market management)
- Compliance with national and international legislation
- Respect for the rights of actors involved in bio-trade activities
- Transparency on land tenure, right to use and access to natural resources
What is the difference between UEBT and organic certification?
The UEBT certification and the Organic Agriculture certification are two distinct, but complementary certifications.
The Ethical BioTrade standard certainly requires practices that respect biodiversity , such as the protection of forests, endangered species and pollinators, the enrichment of natural ecosystems and the reduction of pesticides; but UEBT standards also advocate human and social respect within a more global supply framework. The UEBT principles are therefore particularly demanding on the rights of workers, the protection of the rights of local communities, the sharing of benefits resulting from the use of resources derived from biodiversity, etc.