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Symrise AG's scent and care unit in Brazil is now a member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), an international non-profit organization that promotes the ethical sourcing of biodiversity, making it the first fragrance and flavor organization to join the group.
This marks the first step towards Symrise's global membership in the organization, which has more than 50 members, including major brands in the cosmetics industry, such as Natura in Brazil and Weleda in Switzerland.
"Sustainable trade practices are no longer optional for any company in our industry today," said Ricardo Omori, vice president of the scent and care division in Brazil.
Because Symrise has chosen to team with UEBT through its Brazilian subsidiary, "shows the growing importance of the Brazilian market, and demonstrates this market’s increasing attention to biodiversity," said Rik Kutsch Lojenga, UEBT's executive director.
To become a member of UEBT, companies need to commit to the principles of Ethical BioTrade as they are laid out in the UEBT Standard, including the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of resources, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of natural resources and associated traditional knowledge.
According to the UEBT, membership requirements include the adoption of a biodiversity management system which integrates the UEBT Standard and ensures gradual implementation throughout the organization’s natural ingredient portfolio, as well as the prioritization of supply chains in which the UEBT Standard is applied in an accelerated manner.