We support fair trade, which is free trade that respects human rights and looks after the planet.
Fair trade upholds environmental standards that will protect and restore the biodiversity and biosecurity of our planet.
We seek trade solutions that promote sustainable forms of development and protect overseas workers from exploitation.
Fair trade is a shared pathway towards greater global prosperity—one that doesn’t sacrifice our sovereignty to multinational giants.
Ownership of land in Aotearoa/ New Zealand is a privilege that should be for citizens and permanent residents only
We welcome new investment that creates jobs in sustainable enterprises.
Foreign investment must meet sustainability criteria, and needs to be closely monitored to avoid the expatriation of profits from our productive asset base.
- The ecological limits to production and trade need to be understood and respected.
- We must promote sustainable and just ways to economic development and prosperity.
- Human rights and fair labour standards must be promoted and respected.
- The environment must be protected.
Specific Policy Points
- All international treaties must be voted on in Parliament before being signed, must give full effect to our Treaty of Waitangi obligations, and must put the rights of peoples and governments before those of multinational company investors.
- Uphold international labour and environmental agreements through an International Trading Organisation and regional trading agreements to replace the WTO).
- Stop importing goods produced by slave, prison or child labour.
- Preserve the right of tangata whenua to protect themselves and their taonga from trade and investment related exploitation.
- Ban trade in GMOs except under strict biosecurity controls for contained use.
- Full labelling of the contents and country of origin of all goods.
- Reduce the introduction of unwanted exotic species (eg by more public education, six-sided inspection of cargo containers, more staff training and technology.)
Just and sustainable production and trade
- A government commitment to ‘buy local’.
- Reduce our dependence on imported goods, eg food we can grow here.
- All goods and services produced or sold in New Zealand to meet quality and sustainability standards (eg energy and recycling standards).
- Encourage fair trade with developing countries that support sustainable development.
- Retain or impose tariffs, quotas or bans to stop unfair competition from unjust or unsustainable production (eg forced labour, unsustainable logging).
- Oppose trade deregulation in public goods, services and utilities, and where desirable, roll back GATS commitments.
- Land ownership for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only.
- More stringent conditions on overseas investment.
- A Code of Corporate Responsibility for all corporations in New Zealand.
Some pieces that seem particularly pertinent to the TPPA-11
Aotearoa New Zealand has a long history of international trade. The Green Party recognises the importance of trade to our economy, and wants Aotearoa New Zealand to continue to trade and prosper. However, global trade as a source of prosperity now exceeds sustainable ecological limits, and in many countries it has increased rather than decreased poverty, ill health and social distress. The existing international trading regime prevents equitable economic development, rather than supporting it. The Green Party believes that Aotearoa New Zealand needs to respect the ecological and social limits to trade, develop ways to trade wisely, and form part of an international movement to reform the foreign investment and trade system.
Trade agreements must respect democracy and sovereignty, and promote good international governance.
The Green Party believes that New Zealanders need to be involved in making decisions about international trade and investment, and we want to ensure that trade and investment is consistent with respecting environmental and social rights, responsibilities and standards. This means that New Zealand needs a more democratic approach to economic decision-making nationally and internationally. International trade agreements must be subject to international environmental and labour treaties, and must not override them.
The Green Party will:
1. Ensure all international treaty texts are open to public scrutiny, give full effect to Aotearoa New Zealand’s Te Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities and obligations, and require a vote in Parliament before being signed.
2. Strengthen the powers of international environmental organisations, labour and human rights organisations, and development organisations (e.g. United Nations Environment Programme, International Labour Organisation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) to enable them to enforce their mandate and restrain unfair and unsustainable trading practices.
3. Work towards the development of an International Trading Organisation and regional trading agreements that respect and uphold international labour and environmental agreements, to replace the World Trade Organisation and existing unfair and unsustainable bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.
The Green Party will ensure that Aotearoa New Zealand’s sovereign right to protect all its citizens and its natural environment from exploitation and degradation is maintained and not compromised by global trade policies and commitments.
The Green Party will:
4. Support the right of Aotearoa New Zealand and other nations to encourage local, social and ecologically sustainable development, and foster self-reliance (e.g. oppose forced trade through compulsory market access and similar mechanisms).
5. Preserve the right of tangata whenua to protect themselves and their taonga from trade and investment related exploitation.
6. Stop the transfer of decision-making about food standards and safety and health products to unaccountable trans-national agencies (e.g. Food Standards Australian New Zealand).
7. Review existing World Trade Organisation and other trade treaty commitments and limit or roll back their application where these are not consistent with exercising positive sovereignty.