The Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program has shed a light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system for more than two decades. We believe that trade done right can promote broadly shared prosperity while protecting workers and the environment. We work to ensure that U.S. trade policy supports, rather than undermines, communities, workers, the environment, and the climate.
What We Do:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an expansive trade pact that the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other countries. It would empower corporations to challenge environmental policies in private trade tribunals, expand exports of natural gas and fracking across the U.S., and more.
The U.S. and the European Union are currently negotiating a trade pact, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which could eliminate critical public health, environmental, and other public interest safeguards.
There is an alarming rise of trade and investment cases that directly challenge climate and clean energy policies.
Up to 30 percent of the wood traded internationally has been harvested illegally, causing deforestation and contributing to more climate-disrupting pollution. The Lacey Act helps the U.S. combat trafficking in illegal wood and paper products.