Trade and Competitiveness

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An enduring concern for both developed and developing countries is the balance between environmental policy and the international competitiveness of both nations and individual firms. The Trade and Competitiveness Working Group examines the effects of green growth policies on the patterns and volume of trade, on national and firm competitiveness, and on employment. This work stream is prioritising the identification of data gaps and potential options for addressing them, particularly in developing countries.


Committee Members

Head of DepartmentGerman Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Research Programme ManagerGreen Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)
Professor of Political ScienceETH Zurich
Head of Policy TeamUnited Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Global Lead on Green CompetitivenessWorld Bank Group
Senior AssociateInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Associate Professorial Research FellowLondon School of Economics and Political Science
Professor of Energy and Environmental PolicyTufts University
Professor of Management at the Wharton SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania
PresidentInternational Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC)
Head of UnitUnited Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
Senior EconomistTrade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
Head of ResearchCentre for International Environmental Studies (CIES)
LecturerGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
AdvisorDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Senior ResearcherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Professor of Policy StudiesIndian Institute of Technology (Delhi)
DirectorUnited Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
CounsellorWorld Trade Organization (WTO)
Senior Research FellowInternational Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
EconomistInternational Labour Organization (ILO)
ManagerInternational Trade Centre (ITC)
Policy AnalystOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


In May 2017, the Trade and Competitiveness Working Group released a scoping study in the working paper: "Analysis of Existing Environmental Policy Databases". The paper assesses 24 databases that provide information on environmental policies implemented by national governments. The review of each database summarises the type of information provided, the breadth of coverage, the accessibility of data, and the strengths and weaknesses of each database with respect to the overall objective of improving access to environmental policy data for assessing the impact of environmental policies on competitiveness and trade. 


A full list of resources on green growth, trade, and competitiveness can be accessed through the GGKP's Trade & Supply Chains theme page or through the GGKP's resource library.