We campaign against corporate trade deals and investment regimes that put profit before people and the planet. Examples of such regimes are the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in Services agreement (TISA), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
These ‘free’ trade agreements transfer enormous powers to multinational corporations, which are granted privileges and investment protection, often behind closed doors. Such detrimental deals limit our ability to tackle climate change and social inequalities by locking us into a reliance on dirty industries and driving a race to the bottom. They hinder our efforts to protect the worlds forests, people’s livelihoods and lands or territories, including national sovereign policies on public interest, by allowing and even promoting the unregulated exploitation of natural resources.
What instead of corporate trade deals?
We are working towards a new trade system based on the cooperation of people, not competition, which supports direct fair trade networks between producers and consumers that prioritise local and regional systems; a trade policy that supports decent work jobs, a sustainable environment, human rights and more responsible energy and food sovereignty.