French brand Clarins has become a member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), the non-profit association that promotes ethical sourcing.
Clarins began its process to become a UEBT member at the end of 2019.
Part of being a UEBT member includes setting goals in the areas of sustainability and biodiversity conservation, fair and equitable benefit sharing, respect for human rights and socio-economic stability, among others.
Clarins aims to reach 100% sustainable sourcing by 2025.
The UEBT membership is part of the brand’s sustainability strategy, called Clarins We Care, which was launched in 2020.
Created in 2007, UEBT verifies commitments that companies make to ethical and sustainable practices and measures they have implemented to protect biodiversity.
To become a UEBT member companies need to set targets to gradually improve their sourcing systems and practices in line with the Ethical BioTrade Standard. Additionally, companies undergo an assessment of their sourcing systems and practices. The assessment sets the baseline for further improvement, through specific targets and measures, both within the company and where ingredients from biodiversity are sourced.
Lastly, members report annually on their progress. Every three years, UEBT or a qualified independent auditor, conducts assessments to look at progress and discuss further improvements.
UEBT currently has 81 members, including beauty brands and companies such as Yves Rocher, Natura, Parfums Christian Dior, fresh and Guerlain, among others.