Sinde de Strijcker
Trade and Investment • Human Rights • Fair, Green and Global (FGG) • Agroecology • Anthropologist • Gender • Latin America and the Caribbean
At Both ENDS I am committed to scrutinize Dutch and European trade and investment policies, and their consequences for communities in the Global South. I consider it of utter importance that the voices of those negatively affected by such policies find their way to the negotiation tables in order to stimulate dialogue between all stakeholders. Both ENDS continuously makes the effort to enable such processes. Especially working with civil society organizations worldwide is what gives me energy. While focusing on social just and sustainable alternatives to the current global trade and investment policies, I am also inspired by the resilience and resourcefulness demonstrated time and again by affected communities.
International trade agreements often have far-reaching consequences not only for the economy of a country, but also for people and the environment. It is primarily the most vulnerable groups who suffer most from these agreements.
Investment treaties must be inclusive, sustainable and fair. That means that they must not put the interests of companies before those of people and their living environment.
News / 21 January 2019
Today an alliance of more than 150 organisations, trade unions and social movements in countries across Europe is launching a joint programme against unfair trade and investment agreements, and especially against the controversial Investor-to-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. Under ISDS, investors can bring complaints against states whose social and environmental legislation pose a threat to their profits.