A cleaner and more equitable world will deliver real benefits for people and the planet. But everyone is not on a level playing field at the moment. And the pandemic has made things worse.
COVID-19 has shown how corrosive inequality is and how urgently we need to build more sustainable and inclusive economies. No country is immune.
IISD draws on three decades of international expertise to propose economic pathways that set the world on a sustainable trajectory.
Investment Law & Policy
How can we ensure developing countries attract the sort of investment that promotes sustainable development?
Depending on how trade policy is designed and implemented, it can either advance or be a hindrance to sustainable, low-carbon development.
Standards and Value Chains
Voluntary sustainability standards contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and gender equality.
Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations.
Investment Treaty News
Investment Treaty News (ITN) has offered news, analysis and opinions on international investment law and its implications for sustainable development. The service began as a list-serve where information and views were shared among members, before becoming an electronic newsletter produced by a small editorial team.
The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi)
IISD developed the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) to demonstrate to governments, investors and citizens why sustainable assets can deliver better value for money and more attractive internal rates of return.
The Energy Charter Treaty
IISD has been actively engaging with governments, civil society, academia, legal experts, and other stakeholders in how to address the many difficulties posted by the Energy Charter Treaty.
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build and administer robust mining tax systems.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
An international transparency and capacity-building project aimed at improving strategic planning and sustainable development outcomes related to voluntary sustainable standards.
There's a Missing Tool In Our Fight Against Climate Change
A tool you’ve probably never heard of may be the key to enabling our climate ambition. It’s called border carbon adjustment, and it could change the way we pursue decarbonization.
Rising Protectionism Signals Valuable Lessons Have Been Forgotten
Per Altenberg from the Swedish National Board of Trade looks back after five years of monitoring protectionism and finds that the trend toward establishing new traditional tariff measures and non-tariff barriers has continued.
Latin American Trade Coalitions Look Ahead to Post-COVID Future
IISD's Sofia Baliño looks at the ways in which Latin American economic groupings are positioning themselves for a post-COVID recovery.
Is India Ready for an Electric Vehicle Revolution?
IISD's Tom Moerenhout looks at what India needs to do to keep up with countries already embracing the trend toward EVs.
Product Policy in Support of the Global Transition to a Circular Economy: Trade interaction
Malena Sell from Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, discusses the need for cooperation on relevant standard setting to provide a pragmatic way to weave circularity into global value chains and facilitate circular trade.
Three Countries, One Environment: Environmental cooperation and free trade in North America
Richard A. Morgan from the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) discusses environmental cooperation within the new trilateral free trade agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2021
From circular economy to environmental cooperation in FTA negotiations, this third edition of the IISD Trade and Sustainability Review covers a range of policy issues from the intersection of trade and sustainable development.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
Sustainable finance has gained considerable traction in recent years, becoming a significant trend in the financial industry.
Infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development and a powerful driver of economic activity.
Government purchasing power should be leveraged towards buying the most sustainable goods, services, and works.
By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.