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The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020 - Workbook

International trade has helped to lift hundreds of millions of people around the world out of poverty, but the benefits do not come without risk. Right or wrong, labour disruption, environmental degradation, and worsening inequality are frequently associated with trade. However, proactive and responsible policy can harness the good elements of trade while mitigating the bad, making for a more robust global trading community. 

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2020

Sustainability was gaining more traction in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic. Firms stepped up commitments to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Investors started incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into their asset allocation decisions. And consumers voted with their wallets to support sustainable production, purchasing goods with certified claims regarding their environmental impact and use of labour.

The Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index 2018

Yet the enthusiasm in Asia for trade does not appear to have waned. This broad societal consensus behind international trade has enabled Asian countries to continue broadening and deepening existing trading relationships, for example, by quickly hammering out a deal for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in early 2018 following the US’s withdrawal from its predecessor in 2017.

The Urban Transit Evolution

This new report, sponsored by Siemens UK, which reviews some of the urban mobility challenges facing well-established, congested cities. It provides a roadmap for city leaders to overcome these challenges, with a focus on factors to consider when making decisions around infrastructure projects and transport policies.

Key findings of the report include:

The great resignation in Asia-Pacific: is data the answer for companies?

Debates surrounding the future of work must factor in the ongoing "Great Resignation"—or "Great Realignment" as it's coming to be known. Mindsets around work are shifting in Asia-Pacific, and companies are reassessing how they approach the issues of talent attraction and retention when they consider the Future of Work.

State-of-play: new globalisation or fragmentation?

We are still contending with the consequences of the covid-19 pandemic. Continued restrictions and lockdowns, high levels of debt, changing consumer patterns, increased travel costs and disrupted supply chains still characterise the global economy. However, in the first quarter of 2022 there were signs of recovery.

Working towards decades of healthy ageing

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA)—the first global agreement that presented a comprehensive action plan for addressing ageing in the 21st century. It is also the second year of the UN’s Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030) (“UN Decade”), an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to galvanise international action and cross-sectoral collaboration to support healthy ageing.

Growth amid uncertainty: how trade policy and geopolitics can shape global opportunities



Resisting fragmentation, restoring trust

A critical global trade week

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