Trade plays a crucial role in determining what form of development a country pursues or is capable of pursuing. Developing countries rich in natural resources are a key target of international investors. But global commodity markets and related illegal cross-border financial transactions often contribute to development that is not sustainable. And they can limit the ability of affected countries to mobilize their own resources. Yet such mobilization is urgently needed in order for these countries to achieve the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda. From the perspective of sustainability, what is needed are a balanced trade system, equitable trade relations, and financial flows that comply with national and international law.
In interdisciplinary teams and partnerships, CDE researchers look for ways of structuring trade, trade relations, financial flows from resource-rich developing countries, and international commodity investments so that they are fair and contribute to sustainable development.
Agreement on Agriculture reimagined
BIO-TRADE – Protecting biodiversity through regulating trade and international business
Curbing illicit financial flows from resource-rich developing countries
Gold mining in Peru and trade to Europe and Switzerland
JUST-FOOD: Tackling inequalities on the way to sustainable food systems
Sustainability criteria of Swiss fish imports
Commodity trading in Switzerland and related Research Needs
Human rights Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements
Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia
Sustainable Land and Soil Governance
Sustainable trade relations for diversified food systems
Sustainable Trade in Agriculture
Swiss Tax Regulation and Development
Towards Food Sustainability