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Weleda contributes to a world in which people and biodiversity strive. The UEBT label for “SOURCING WITH RESPECT” certifies that biodiversity is being protected during the cultivation, harvesting and further processing of the natural ingredients we use. It also shows our commitment to paying everyone in our supply chain fair wages and treating them with respect.
The UEBT label, issued by the Union for Ethical BioTrade, certifies all of our actions pertaining to the sourcing of natural ingredients for Weleda natural cosmetics. It assures consumers that we care about people and biodiversity: the soil, microorganisms, water and air as well as plants, animals and the people involved in sourcing our natural ingredients.
However, the label is neither a product certification, nor does it certify the individual raw material.
We bear responsibility for the people who grow, harvest and process our natural ingredients. Only by working together can we guarantee that these habitats are not exploited, but used and protected sustainably. This is what the UEBT label stands for. Weleda is one of the first companies worldwide to carry the UEBT label on its products.
Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director of UEBT and expert on the ethical sourcing of natural ingredient:
“We are so proud that Weleda has achieved ethical sourcing system certification by UEBT and will be one of the first brands to place the UEBT trust mark on its products. By meeting our internationally recognized standard, a company assures customers that, when sourcing raw materials, biodiversity is conserved and used sustainably, and that all partners along the chain are treated equitably and paid fairly.”
The Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) is a non-profit association supporting and verifying company commitments to sourcing with respect. It provides a globally recognized standard for the ethical sourcing of natural ingredients. It began as a United Nations initiative, and maintains strong partnerships with UN organisations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the BioTrade Initiative of the Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
In comparison to other available certifications, the UEBT standard addresses social, ecological as well as economic criteria. In meeting these criteria, we are taking an active role in preserving the diversity of our ecosystems. We are providing a habitat for animals and plants, while helping people around the world to lead a dignified and healthy life. We are conserving natural resources in order to provide future generations with a sound basis for life.
Our Ethical Sourcing Commitments
A growing number of consumers are consciously opting for natural cosmetics from Weleda. This increasing demand enables us to make an ever-greater positive impact on people and biodiversity in our supply chains. The UEBT certification for “SOURCING WITH RESPECT” is an important contribution in this respect. Our vision is that more and more companies will join us in following this path of ethical sourcing – for themselves, for consumers and for our planet.