A new resource produced by the Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment, Trade as if People and Earth Matter: A Working Document on Alternatives, is now available for download and a limited number is available in print form.
A statement, Elements for Fair and Just Trade Policies, was produced to accompany the document. This statement was endorsed by twenty-four organizations including Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
An excerpt from Elements for Fair and Just Trade Policies:
International trade can be one engine of economic progress for developing countries. But the United States and developing countries alike need fair and just trade agreements that are genuinely shaped to meet the goals of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
Trade policies and agreements must put people first! They should further genuine social and economic development for our neighbors around the world while preserving and creating good jobs here at home. They must support-not hinder – governments in adopting policies to protect public health and the natural environment. Trade policies must strike a balance between creating a predictable structure for international trade and preserving the policy space necessary for governments to foster and secure economic, social and human development for all their citizens.
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