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UEBT Reflects on Ethical Beauty Sourcing for International Day for Biodiversity
Posted: May 22, 2013
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China Williams, CBD education officer at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, shared her organization’s experience in the context of non-commercial research. Kew Gardens, with vast collections of preserved and living plants, seeds, DNA and tissue samples, has a set of ABS tools, including policies and procedures for fieldwork. There are over 60 active ABS agreements. Williams noted that Kew Gardens is considering the evolving legal framework and lessons learnt to ensure it is working with best practice.
Ricardo Faucon, president of the UEBT board, closed the meeting with a look at the cosmetics sector in the five years of the conference. “There is a clear evolution,” he noted, “with growing awareness of biodiversity among consumers, in company approaches and in government perspectives.” As a result, this year’s conference provides participants, Faucon noted, “with inspiration and reinforcement of the belief that this is a task that not one company, organization or government needs to address by itself. We can work on biodiversity together.” He thanked those that are already part of the UEBT journey and invited everyone to join the Ethical BioTrade movement.