The 2012 “Beauty of Sourcing with Respect” conference, organized by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), took place on 12 April in Paris. This unique annual conference brings together cosmetics and personal care companies to share approaches and experiences on the ethical sourcing of biodiversity, as well as to discuss latest developments and best practices in this field with internationally recognized experts, decision-makers and other stakeholders.
The event focused on “The Beauty Industry and Biodiversity in Emerging Markets.” In his welcoming words, Rik Kutsch Lojenga, Executive Director of UEBT, noted that emerging markets are now fundamental for the beauty and personal care sectors, with Brazil, for example, set to become the largest cosmetics market in the world in 2012.
Emerging markets are already proving decisive in setting the global economic agenda and are increasingly influential in sustainability topics. These countries are putting forth their own sustainability priorities and concerns, and helping to shape related rules and best practices. The 2012 “Beauty of Sourcing with Respect” conference provided insights into these trends and their implications for the ethical sourcing of biodiversity.