Ethics and Sustainability

The importance of ethics in regard to international trade has been much on my mind in recent months. Our Prime Minister is endeavouring to persuade Saudi Arabia not to use our substantial arms exports to further the conflict in Yemen; President Xi of China has made it very clear that even the merest hint of criticism will not be tolerated; President Erdoğan of Turkey speaks of possible free trade agreements with the UK while taking an authoritarian stance towards political opponents in his own country; and most recently a difference of opinion (to put it mildly) has arisen between the UK and the USA concerning certain tweets by President Trump: and all of this at a time when the realisation of the UK’s international trading ambitions depends in large measure upon goodwill between the UK and such countries as I have mentioned. Continue reading

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