UEBT and NaTrue agree to promote ethical sourcing of biodiversity

Published: 10-Mar-2011

Raising awareness of naturally sourced cosmetic products

The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and The International Natural and Organic Cosmetic Association (NaTrue) have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help raise awareness of the importance of naturally sourced cosmetic products and the ethical trade in natural ingredients derived from biodiversity.

It is hoped the collaboration will enhance the work of UEBT and NaTrue towards responsible supply chain management, transparency to customers and advancing international targets to halt biodiversity loss set by the United Nations Convention on biological diversity. Through the MOU, both bodies will be able to further collaborate, share insights and explore common opportunities and challenges in this field.

Rik Kutsch Lojenga, executive director of UEBT, comments: “If done in an ethical and sustainable way sourcing from nature can really help add value to biodiversity at a local level.”

While Julie Tyrell, director general of NaTrue adds: “UEBT stands for sourcing with respect and its members are committed to sourcing natural ingredients in a way that conserves biodiversity and respects traditional knowledge while sharing the benefits with those who harvest the ingredients and make them available. The more our sector grows the more important this becomes.”

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