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Trade and sustainability

The EU sustainable development strategy aims to include sustainable development concerns in all EU external policies including trade. Consequently the EU includes a chapter on trade and sustainable development in all its free-trade and investment agreements (FTAs). It has become a standard feature of FTAs to include labour and environmental aspects, either combined in sustainability chapters or in separate side agreements that require each party to:

  • Apply their own laws and uphold their levels of protection (EU free-trade agreements include an obligation not to weaken national standards with a view to fostering trade and investment);
  • Comply with certain international principles (ratified International Labour Organisation core conventions and multilateral environmental agreements).

For 甘肃快三-【官网首页】 trade and investment agreements have enhancing trade and investment as main objective, while they can be a way to develop shared commitments on labour and environmental issues, ensuring that each party implements its labour and environmental laws and policies, whilst committing to continuous improvement.


Position papers Date
A business agenda on sustainability 06/12/2017
TTIP: the sustainability chapter 18/05/2015
Reports and studies Date
Sustainable supply chains 04/01/2017


Maurice Fermont

Senior Adviser
+32 2 237 65 04
Last updated: 6 July 2016