Inclusive Trade

While trade and globalization have created jobs, lifted incomes and improved working conditions in some contexts, they have left behind or exploited workers in others. How can trade policy play a positive role in addressing these challenges without straying into protectionism or undermining developing countries’ comparative advantage?

Social justice concerns have captured global attention, with growing calls for racial and gender equity and the protection of Indigenous and migrant populations. Learning from trade and gender initiatives and directly from the underserved communities concerned, there is scope for a new approach to trade policy and practice.

To be truly inclusive, trade must actively work for all sections of society. This involves ensuring access to trade benefits and the mitigation of trade harms to workers and underserved groups. The Inclusive Trade project brings together a multistakeholder community to realize this vision. It aims to further research and dialogue, and to inform trade policy-making and supply chain practices through the following tracks:

-         Supply Chain Sustainability (jointly with the Green Trade project)

-         Trade and Labour

-         Trade and Indigenous Peoples

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