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Natura Cosmetics and Symrise Amazon gain UEBT certification for their Amazon ingredients

Natura Cosmetics and Symrise Amazon obtained UEBT certification for a total of 40 natural ingredients from the Amazon. The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) checks that the ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced.

Andiroba and maracujá oil, cupuaçu butter and acai pulp are just some examples of the ingredients that make it to national and international markets from deep in the Amazon forest. The UEBT certification assures the conservation of biodiversity in the sourcing area and that provider communities are supported through equitable prices and local projects for sustainable development.

In the case of Natura and Symrise, the ingredients are sourced from 14 supplier communities based in the Brazilian Amazon, following the internationally recognised UEBT standard. More Amazon communities will be certified in the course of the year.

Symrise's new production plant in Belém, Pará, in the Amazon region.

Symrise’s new production plant in Belém, Pará, in the Amazon region.

Ingredients are certified after an independent audit of the company and the practices in supplier communities. Moreover, an ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing) assessment is conducted to assure that companies have a good understanding of the regulation on Access and Benefit Sharing, which may apply to these products.

We are pleased that Natura and Symrise Amazon are leading the way among UEBT members in adopting this new UEBT certification for natural ingredients”, says Rik Kutsch Lojenga, UEBT Executive Director.

Natura Cosmetics has long positioned itself to consumers around Brazilian biodiversity. Its successful Ekos line is based on Amazon ingredients that respect biodiversity and local communities. UEBT’s Biodiversity Barometer shows that 44% of Brazilian consumers associate Natura Cosmetics with respect for biodiversity.

We are proud to have gained the UEBT certification for 14 Amazon supplier communities, which further reinforces our commitment to ethical sourcing from this important ecosystem,” says Marcelo Alonso Director of Sustainability at Natura.

Symrise has opened a new production plant, Symrise Amazon Ecoparque in Belém, Pará, in the Amazon region in 2015. “The UEBT certification is an important step in our strategy to bring the richness of Amazon ingredients to consumers around the world. It shows our commitment to ethical sourcing of biodiversity, as stipulated in the Biodiversity Agenda that Symrise adopted last year” says Eder Ramos, global president of cosmetic ingredients Symrise division.

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