About The GSI

Established in 2005 by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) is dedicated to analyzing subsidies – transfers of public money to private interests – and how they support or undermine efforts to achieve sustainable development.

The GSI’s goal is to encourage individual governments to undertake unilateral reforms on subsidy policy where these would deliver clear economic, environmental and social benefits and to generate a consensus in the World Trade Organization and in other forums on the need to take resolute, ongoing and systematic action to reduce or eliminate subsidies that are both trade-distorting and undermine sustainable development.

The GSI has received project funding from numerous governments, United Nations agencies, and foundations. The GSI’s current research into fossil-fuel subsidies is supported by the governments of Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The GSI has also been contracted for specific projects by Greenpeace, Nestle, the OECD, OPEC, UNEP, and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade (NCCR). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation also contributes funding for research and communications activities. Funding to support the GSI is managed through IISD, registered as a charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States.