IISD is a leading voice on creating economic rules that treat inclusion and equality as central concerns and recognize the value of natural capital. Leveraging our work at the national, regional, and international levels (where we drive reforms through bodies like the World Trade Organization [WTO] and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD]), we will:
- Strengthen the capacity of developing countries to negotiate fair and sustainable trade and investment agreements.
- Reform global governance on finance, trade, and investment, working directly with the WTO, OECD, and other key multilateral organizations.
- Support governments to develop sustainable and equitable economic recovery programs.
- Promote public and private investment in sustainable infrastructure, including nature-based solutions.
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.
53 Ways to Reform Fossil Fuel Consumer Subsidies and Pricing
We have an opportunity to reform harmful fossil fuel subsidies as part of a green recovery after COVID-19. Our experts explain how.
True recovery means looking to the future, not the past
The global call for a just, green recovery from COVID-19 will require planning for the short and long term. One immediate need is to stop subsidizing the polluting, climate-altering fossil fuel industry.
U.S. Fossil Fuel Sector Has Come Out Far Ahead of Renewables in Pandemic Relief
At least $71.6 billion in federal funds has been allocated to the U.S. fossil fuel industry since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, while $349.5 million has been devoted to renewable energy.
Nature-Friendly Economy Would Deliver $10 Trillion in Opportunities, 395 Million Jobs
A “fundamental transformation” in the direction of a nature-friendly global economy could produce US$10 trillion in annual business opportunities and a mind-boggling 395 million jobs.
Canada supporting fossil fuels at 10 times the G20 average during pandemic
If we’re going to have economic stimulus, it ought to be green. That sentiment has achieved surprising levels of agreement around the world.
Sustainable Cotton or Recycled Polyester? The conscious shopper’s dilemma
Sustainability performance varies between products and transparency gaps abound in the garment industry. This can make informed decisions challenging.
New Initiative Supports Nature-Based Infrastructure for Climate Adaptation
A USD 2 million grant will fund a new venture in partnership with GEF, the MAVA Foundation, IISD, and UNIDO.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
The green economy can drive future economic growth and help address climate change.
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.