TOWARDS A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TRADE POLICY?
« Let’s make human rights central to a new NAFTA »
Ed Broadbent, The Globe and Mail, 5 May 2017
Canada foresees to negotiate several trade agreements, particularly with China and Mercosur, and to begin a possible NAFTA renegotiation. In addition, the link between globalization and social progress is becoming increasingly important. To that end, many international instruments exist, however they remain ineffective. It is in this context, and as part of its research on Global Labour Governance, that the CEIM launched a public consultation to identify what Canadians think about the applicability of adopting certain measures by the Canadian government. The consultation targeted measures relating to social clauses in trade agreements, to the social conditionality in generalized system of trade preferences and to the ban on imports of goods produced by forced labour or the worst forms of child labour.
We aim to inform the public on the social dimension of international trade, lead a pan-Canadian discussion on “socially responsible” trade policy instruments, make recommendations to the Government of Canada on these topics, and contribute to research on global labour governance, especially through publications and networking events with Canadian experts.