Provital’s project wins IRRC
Provital has become the first cosmetic ingredients supplier to obtain an Internationally Recognised Certificate of Compliance under the Nagoya Protocol
Provital has taken a further step in its ten year-long eco-ethical initiative in Mexico, with a key resulting product, Ethicskin, obtaining the first ever Internationally Recognised Certificate of Compliance (IRCC) under the Nagoya Protocol ever to be awarded to a supplier of cosmetic ingredients. The project is taking place with the Mujeres y Ambiente (M&A) association of local producers in the rural regions of Querétaro.
In return for access to the genetic resources of plants cultivated in Mexico for traditional medicine, producers are fairly compensated for their labour and inherited knowledge, with suppliers of arnica, a key ingredient, being paid 4% more than from the average wholesaler in the Mexican market. This is in line with the protocol, particularly Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.
Earlier, the initiative had also won the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2020 Equator Prize, which described it as an “example of effective biodiversity conservation through the sustainable use of genetic resources”.