The Union for Ethical BioTrade was launched October 1 at a special event held during Beyond Beauty in Paris. The Union is the flagship association for ethical biotrade and was established to speed up implementation of the principles of the 1992 Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). Organization president Gus Le Breton, who also is CEO of PhytoTrade Africa, told the gathering that while principles were adopted, no guidance was forthcoming on how companies could implement the principles in a practical way.
"The Union is intended to be a long-term and enduring response to the need for business to demonstrate compliance with the principles of the CBD, and we are convinced we will achieve this," said Le Breton.
Membership is open to businesses with demonstrable commitment to the principles of the organization. More information is available at www.uebt.ch.