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UEBT Reflects on Ethical Beauty Sourcing for International Day for Biodiversity
Posted: May 22, 2013
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Humberto Gomez from FAN Bolivia moderated this session, which showed examples of how three UEBT member companies are working to promote biodiversity conservation in their supply chains. For over 15 years, Candela has collected Brazil nut from deep in the Peruvian Amazon–the nuts are turned into oil fpr The Body Shop products, among others. "The Brazil nut collection respects sustainable management plans of forest concession, and offers sustainable livelihoods to forest communities," said Gaston Vizcarra of Candela.
Fernando Alonso Oliveira from Native, a leading organic sugar cane producer from Brazil gave another example, in different circumstances. Native supplies, among other products, sustainable alcohol to beauty brands. By adopting biodiversity-friendly farming practices and introducing forest habitats on their farms, studies show Native has had a positive impact on farm biodiversity.
Finally, Peter Lovett from the Savannah Fruits Company shows how the organic Shea Nut collection from a hippo sanctuary in Northern Ghana preserves the habitat of hippos and generates income for the communities in the region.
Thierry Aubry-Lecomte, Natura Cosmetics Europe, delivered the keynote address for the afternoon sessions. Setting the scene for discussions on R&D in natural ingredients, Aubry-Lecomte highlighted the synergies between innovation and biodiversity. He described how Natura Cosmetics put ‘socio-biodiversity’ at the core of its business strategy and gave concrete examples of how science, technology, innovation and biodiversity can be successfully connected.
Benefit sharing: An update on ABS Rules and Regulations, chaired by Maria Julia Oliva, UEBT, provided an update of legal developments on ABS in some key countries, as well as insights into issues and concerns driving government and other stakeholders. Roberto Calvacanti, secretary of biodiversity and forest at the Ministry of Environment in Brazil, emphasized the importance of the Nagoya Protocol. “Biodiversity does not respect national boundaries, which is why the recognition of sovereign rights must be accompanied by equitable sharing of benefits.” In terms of ABS in Brazil, Calvacanti noted ongoing work to review legislation, with a vision of making Brazilian biodiversity “a catalyst for research, innovation, economic and social development, and biodiversity conservation.” The idea is to generate benefits through the creation of a favourable environment for innovation and development of biodiversity-based products and processes.