In an op-ed published in The Huffington Post today, RILA's Vice President, Sustainability & Retail Operations Adam Siegel and The Nature Conservancy's Chief External Affairs Officer Glenn Prickett highlighted measures within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement designed to promote U.S. environmental values around the globe. The op-ed subsequently urges Congress to ratify the TPP this year in order to secure these protections.
Highlights from the op-ed are below and the full piece can be read here.
"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.
"For those who recognize that environmental leadership does not begin or end at our shores, this is an historic opportunity to further promote sustainable development and better protect our global ecosystem.
"If enacted, TPP will serve as the precedent for future trade deals written around the world, ensuring that those deals include policies that promote sustainability and environmental protection."
RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.