TPP, a Global Stimulus for Local Communities

The Huffington Post

by Kanu Iheukumere, chief policy and research officer at Bethel New Life, a nonprofit working to fight poverty in Chicago's West Side

Just as they shouldn’t seek to avoid fair labor rules, U.S. businesses shouldn’t be able to move operations abroad to escape responsible environmental practices at home. TPP includes enforceable environmental provisions in opposition to harmful management practices relating to wildlife, sustainable fisheries, marine conservation, water pollution, ozone damaging substances, and energy efficiency.

TPP’s goal to set higher standards aligns with our mission to prepare unemployed and underemployed populations on the Chicago’s west side for job and business opportunities. As the U.S. gains access to new markets, global demand for U.S. goods and services increase. Collectively, TPP countries produce 40% of the world’s total gross domestic product ($107.5 trillion), 26% of its trade, and 793 million of its consumers. These partners make up this fastest growing part of the world’s marketplace. If the U.S. doesn’t take the lead in determining standards in this region, China will. The last thing we need is to force small businesses on Chicago’s west side to compete in the Asia-Pacific without fair rules. And that’s the choice we now face.

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