5. Biodiversity in the Cosmetics Industry

  1. Amarjit Sahota
  1. Eduardo Escobedo and
  2. Rik Kutsch Lojenga

Published Online: 6 DEC 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch5

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up

How to Cite

Escobedo, E. and Lojenga, R. K. (2013) Biodiversity in the Cosmetics Industry, in Sustainability: How the Cosmetics Industry is Greening Up (ed A. Sahota), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118676516.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 DEC 2013
  2. Published Print: 27 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119945543

Online ISBN: 9781118676516



  • biodiversity;
  • biodiversity barometer;
  • cosmetics industry;
  • ecosystem services;
  • ethical sourcing;
  • sustainability;
  • Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)


This chapter gives a detailed account of biodiversity and its sustainable use in the cosmetics industry. The contributors are from the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and the United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD). All businesses depend on, and impact, biodiversity. The cosmetics industry in particular depends on biodiversity as it provides a source of innovation and raw materials. Typically, these raw materials are used after undergoing some type of transformation, producing oils, surfactants, emulsifiers and other ingredients. In the cosmetics industry, nature is established as a source of fundamental inputs and ingredients. Now, companies are beginning to also recognise the importance of taking steps to conserve biodiversity and to ensure its sustainable use. The chapter describes international discussions on ecosystems services. It also explains how companies can have a positive impact on biodiversity through their sourcing practices.