Weleda has achieved the new UEBT certification for sourcing with respect, UEBT (Union for Ethical Bio Trade), making it one of only two leading beauty brands worldwide to have it.
The first brand in Europe to secure the certification, UEBT is a non-profit organisation that provides a globally recognised standard for sustainable sourcing and the use of raw materials.
UEBT certification will help consumers tell that they are buying products from a company that treats people and biodiversity with respect. For a brand to be certified, UEBT looks at its entire sourcing system. One part of the process is to validate that the brand has incorporated the requirements from the UEBT standard into its systems for sourcing and processing natural ingredients. Another part of the certification requirements concerns sourcing practices, with certified companies needing to verify that they have implemented these throughout the supply chains for their natural ingredients.
Bas Schneiders, Head International Strategic Sourcing at Weleda, commented: “With certification, we are taking the next step; creating a significant impact for the growers, collectors and producers working for us.”
Rik Kutsch Lojenga, UEBT’s Executive Director and a global expert on ethical sourcing of natural ingredients, added: “We are so proud that Weleda has achieved ethical sourcing system certification by the UEBT and will be one of the first brands to place the UEBT trust mark on its products. By meeting our internationally recognised standard, a company assures customers that, when sourcing raw materials, biodiversity is conserved and sourced sustainably, and that all partners along the supply chain are treated equitably and paid fairly.”