Op-Ed: RILA & The Nature Conservancy
Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy
Adam Siegel , Vice President, Sustainability & Strategic Initiatives, RILA
Published on The Huffington Post, April 21, 2016
Earth Day was established in the U.S. in response to a horrific oil spill in California, with the goal of raising public awareness on the issues of air and water pollution. Today, nearly fifty years later, it is celebrated by more than a billion people in nearly every country in the world. The growth of this event signals America's leadership in bringing environmental stewardship values to the world.
The U.S. now has a tremendous opportunity to do the same again—this time to tackle pressing issues that transcend national borders and require the cooperation of many countries. We can do this through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Much of the public conversation about the TPP has focused on its ability to open new markets for American products and to improve foreign labor conditions. But the 12-nation agreement also contains the strongest environmental standards of any trade agreement in history, raising the bar across a region representing forty percent of the world's GDP, and countries at varying levels of economic development. And if the scale of this opportunity is not great enough already, TPP also provides a framework for other countries to join, further broadening the opportunity to improve our global environment.
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Trade Meeting Update
In early November, RILA's International Trade & Customs committees held a joint meeting in Washington, D.C. The committees are comprised of a mix of government relations professionals based in D.C., as well as customs and trade specialists and attorneys from around the country.
Attendees discussed a range of trade issues, ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
to trade enforcement. In addition, committee members heard from administration officials and congressional policy experts on customs reauthorization, human trafficking, TPP and the pending congressional approval process, and the current political climate on trade. Committee members also participated in a member advocacy panel, and larger advocacy and benchmarking discussion.
The next RILA International Trade & Customs Committee Meeting will take place next year in Washington, D.C. If you would like any more information on the RILA International Trade or Customs committees, please contact Hun Quach, vice president of international trade, at email@example.com
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With a new president in office and his first 100 days officially underway, the retail community is watching the White House and Capitol Hill closely to see which policy issues will advance beyond talking points and into real action items.
Open access to products, materials and markets around the world is critical to providing retail customers with the products they demand at affordable prices. RILA supports an ambitious trade agenda that reduces tariffs and other trade barriers.