Centroflora Group is approved as UEBT trading member




Botucatu, February 18th 2015

On February 4th 2015 Centroflora Group, company specialized in the development and commercialization of botanical extracts from biodiversity for the Nutrition, ,Health and Personal Care segments, was officially approved as trading member of the Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT). Since 2011, the company’s Pharma0chemical unit in Parnaiba – PI had already been a trading member of the association, with focus on the Jaborandi production chain, which is a native plant from Brazilian biodiversity. The expansion of Centroflora’s UEBT membership scope represents a new moment for the company, committing to the principles established by the UEBT standard on corporate level.

UEBT is an association that promotes “sourcing with respect” of natural ingredients from biodiversity. As trading member of UEBT, Centroflora adopts sourcing practices that advance sustainable business growth, local development and biodiversity conservation. Associated companies are required to receive periodic audits, as well as to issue annual reports on its progress regarding targets and actions established in the approved workplan.

Centroflora Group values socio-environmental responsibility and seeks to foster production chains, especially through the Partnerships for a Better World program, created in 2002 with the aim of integrating the production chain in socio-productive models based on principles of sustainability and ethical use of biodiversity. The guidelines of the Partnerships program are aligned to the objectives and principles of the UEBT, being the basis for the company’s biodiversity management system.

Discussions on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity gained strength with the institution of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992, which gave rise to an international negotiation about the theme. With the Nagoya Protocol (international agreement on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing) in force as of October 2014, the issue gained even more evidence, strengthening the arguments for companies working with biodiversity to show their commitments to the sustainability of the planet’s natural resources.

 


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