U.S. Catholic bishops urge Congress to consider legislation pertaining to trade agreements that would abide by principles which promote and defend human life and dignity, protect the environment and public health, and promote justice and peace in our world.
Alex Bianco, an intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns’ Faith Economy Ecology project, contributed to this article was published in the July-August 2014 NewsNotes.
“The African Growth and Opportunity Act: An Empirical Analysis of the Possibilities Post-2015” was produced by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at the Brookings Institution.
Public symposium on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement
Members of civil society from both regions are raising concerns around food and agricultural provisions in the proposed TTIP that could threaten the safety of our food, our farmers and our planet.
The following article was written by Jenn Svetlik, who worked for several months with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns; Marianne Comfort with the Sisters of Mercy; and Eli McCarthy with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. A very similar version was published on the Faith-Economy-Ecology-Transformation blog in early April.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) made headlines again in March as Japan was welcomed into the trade negotiations, despite protests from Japanese rice farmers concerned the treaty could undermine their livelihoods.
Debbie Northern worked in El Salvador for eight years as a Maryknoll lay missioner. She now works as the training and education programs manager for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
On October 3, the Hershey Company announced that by 2020, all of the cocoa it sources will be independently certified, according to a press statement, "to assure that it is grown in line with the highest internationally recognized standards for labor, environmental and better farming practices."
In early September countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations resumed their 14th round of negotiations in Leesburg, VA. Though lip-service was given to transparency by the inclusion of stakeholder engagement, the meeting proceeded with the kind of secrecy that shrouds most trade negotiations. The following article was published in the November-December 2012 NewsNotes.
Maryknoll leadership approved the following statement on trade and investment in March 2002; it remains relevant today.