Advancing sustainable global trade
The Hinrich Foundation is a unique Asia-based philanthropic organization that works to advance mutually beneficial and sustainable global trade through research and educational programs.
Understanding global trade
Original research, strategic insights and quick analysis that offer a better understanding of key global trade trends and issues.
Master’s degree scholarships and short courses for trade business professionals, media and policymakers that provide the practical knowledge and tools to advance sustainable global trade.
We are offering 20 scholarships to professionals working across global value for our March 2021 intake. Find out how to become a global trade leader. Prospective Employer Partners, read our Transforming trade education case study to understand our approach to engaging industry players for building trade talent.
APPLICATIONS OPEN - INSEAD shapes leaders who are equipped to tackle world-scale challenges and advance business as a force for good. Its values are aligned with those of the Hinrich Foundation. Scholars are up-and-coming executives looking to . . .
APPLICATIONS OPEN – In partnership with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, we provide two full-tuition scholarships for postgraduate study in international affairs. The aim is to educate current and future generations of leaders to improve the . . .
Media play a critical role in providing deeper perspectives on trade issues. Our 4-days training courses for media, organized by the National Press Foundation, provide deep knowledge on all aspects of international trade. The next course will be in . . .
We established the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association (HFAA) to stimulate regular exchanges between young trade leaders committed to advancing sustainable global trade. Led by the Alumni Leadership Committee, the HFAA is a community of people who . . .
Resources, support, and recognition for journalists
Objective analysis of trade trends and issues, short-courses, Masters in International Journalism Studies (MAIJS) scholarships and an award for distinguished reporting on trade.
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In the news
Media come to us for fresh thinking and deep analysis into the issues impacting global trade outcomes. Read our recent experts’ commentaries. Drawn from a wide range of disciplines and sectors, our experts offer valuable views and opinions on achieving sustainable global trade.
Advisors suggested that China would seek to renegotiate the phase one deal as Biden gained victory in the election. However, there is little political room for the president-elect to be seen as soft on China, says Research Fellow Stephen Olson.
In many ways, US-China rivalry is going to intensify as both countries move further apart on trade and technology. "We have a fundamental, systematic rivalry between these two systems," says Research Fellow Alex Capri to CNN Business.
China's official announcement of its dual circulation strategy shows that the Chinese leadership is prepared for the a "new reality” - the trade landscape that drove China's growth the past two decades will not be the same anymore, says Stephen Olson, Hinrich Foundation research fellow.
China's last-minute abandonment of Ant Group's record-breaking IPO stems from an intensifying battle for the soul of the nation's financial system. "Ant has grown too large and too influential as a financial institution in China, something that will not be tolerated by China's Communist Party", Research Fellow Alex Capri says. Article originally published by the AFP.
Firms stepped up commitments to corporate social responsibility initiatives. Investors started incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into their asset allocation decisions. And consumers voted with their wallets to support sustainable production. The question now is whether the pandemic puts that progress in jeopardy.
The Philippines moved up two places to rank eighth out of 20 economies in this year’s Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index, which looks at a country’s capacity to participate in international trade while promoting economic growth, environmental protection and social benefits.
The Philippines outranked other emerging markets in Asia as it moved up one spot to 8th place in the Sustainable Trade Index 2020, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit bi-annual report commissioned by Hinrich Foundation.
Japan and South Korea are tied for the top spot in the Sustainable Trade Index 2020, while Hong Kong ranked first in the economic pillar, a survey by the Hinrich Foundation showed. The report pointed out that Hong Kong's presence atop the STI and many other indexes has come into jeopardy, especially over the past six months.
The Philippines scored 55.9, from 53.8 in 2018, out of 100 in the Hinrich Foundation’s Sustainable Trade Index 2020. As such, it improved to eighth to land behind Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and China.
Techno-nationalism is prompting governments to pursue strategic alliances that would profoundly reshape international institutions that govern global trade. Our report on techno-nationalism and diplomacy by Alex Capri is quoted exclusively in this article from Bloomberg.
Intellectual property implications within supply chain transformations and decoupling
02 December 2020
This European Union Chamber of Commerce (China) webinar will discuss best practices for protecting intellectual property rights in disrupted supply chains and global networks, and the impact of competition and government on reshoring or risk mitigation plans. This briefing will feature Mark A. Cohen, author of a recent Hinrich Foundation report titled "A techno-globalist approach to IP and supply chain disruption".
The race for a new, greener globalization
19 November 2020
The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Hinrich Foundation have partnered to invite six prominent speakers for this timely event to identify policy priorities for government, business leaders and NGOs as they seek to foster sustainable growth in the post-pandemic world.
US trade policy for the next administration
17 November 2020
Where would US trade policy under the next president and the new Congress head to? In the 10th installation of our series on international trade, the Hinrich Foundation and the National Press Foundation have invited two experts in global trade and a leading journalist to discuss what the election means for trade policy, US trade deals with China, the UK and the EU, and the US relationship with the World Trade Organization.
Where are US-China relations headed after the US election?
12 November 2020
As Joe Biden becomes president-elect, what is the future trajectory for US-China relations, and how should business navigate this rapidly changing landscape? Hinrich Foundation Research Fellow Stephen Olson shared his views in this Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce webinar.
We supported the publication of “China, Trade and Power: Why the West’s Economic Engagement Has Failed” to promote reasoned and informed debate on the trade relationship between the West and China. This book, by Stewart Paterson, describes the unintended consequences of the policy of engagement that led to China's accession to the WTO in 2001, and aims to equip policymakers, business leaders and civil societies to contribute to the design of mutually beneficial approaches for sustainable global trade.
We commissioned Professor Michael J. Enright to lead a major research project identifying the impact of foreign direct investment on China’s economic development. The book provides a powerful analysis of China’s policies toward foreign investment and gives foreign companies tools to demonstrate their contributions to host countries, showing the tremendous power of foreign investment to help transform economies.