Responsible Trade

Sierra Club Trade

The Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program has shed light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system for more than two decades. We believe that trade done right can promote broadly shared prosperity while protecting workers and the environment. We work to ensure that U.S. trade policy supports, rather than undermines, critical public interest goals and protects the environment and climate.

 

What We Do:

 
Make trade clean, green and fair

Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an expansive trade pact that the U.S. has negotiated with 11 other countries. It would empower corporations to challenge environmental policies in private trade tribunals, expand exports of natural gas and fracking across the U.S., and more.

 
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The U.S. and the European Union are currently negotiating a trade pact, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which could eliminate critical public health, environmental, and other public interest safeguards.

 
There is an alarming rise of trade and investment cases that directly challenge climate and clean energy policies.

World Trade Organization

There is an alarming rise of trade and investment cases that directly challenge climate and clean energy policies.

 
Up to 30 percent of the wood traded internationally has been harvested illegally, causing deforestation and contributing to more climate-disrupting pollution.

Illegal Logging

Up to 30 percent of the wood traded internationally has been harvested illegally, causing deforestation and contributing to more climate-disrupting pollution. The Lacey Act helps the U.S. combat trafficking in illegal wood and paper products.

 

Climate Roadblocks: Looming Trade Deals Threaten Efforts to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

If passed by Congress, two pending U.S. trade deals – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – would give some of the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations broad new rights to challenge our climate protections in private tribunals. This map, which shows some of these investments, accompanies a new Sierra Club report that reveals the breadth of this new threat to our climate protections.

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