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
In addition to negotiating various trade agreements, notably with Mercosur, Canada is engaged in several partnerships (CETA and TPPGP) and has recently renegotiated the terms of the North American Agreement, the CUSMA (NAFTA 2.0). Otherwise, 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 in 2017 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.