Stakeholder map lists businesses position on TTIP
In February 2015 Corporate Europe Observatory published a stakeholder map put together by the UK government, released under Freedom of Information. The stakeholder map lists businesses, civil society groups and corporate lobby groups position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
If it is to succeed TTIP would became the biggest trade deal in the world. The deal aims to remove ‘non-tariff barriers to trade’ which would benefit big business, but threatens to undermine safety regulations, workers’ rights, environmental protection rules and food standard regulations.
It has been criticised by civil society for its lack of transparency over what is included in the deal and also the inclusion of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) which would allow corporations to sue governments if they think legislation will impede future profits.
Until now it has been unclear which specific businesses and organisations have been supportive of negotiations.
Some of the businesses listed in the document as being supportive of TTIP includes BMW, Boots, BP, Diageo, Dow, eBay, Ford Motors, GlaxoSsmithKline, Nissan, Robert Bosch, Shell, Tat & Lyle and UPS.
The motor industry is particular keen for regulatory coherence between the US and the EU.
Perhaps surprisingly listed as supportive but with specific concerns is consumer group Which? The notes of the document go on to state “Chief Exec has said he is happy to be an advocate for TTIP”.
While charity Cancer Research UK has a balanced view regarding the trade deal. It is said to have an interest in regulatory standards and patient data protection.
The document also highlights that many of the associations working with farmers or food production are largely opposed to the deal. Groups included the National Farmers Union, Dairy UK, British Poultry Council, British Egg Industry Council, UK Food Group, and Ulster Farmers' Union to name a few. Their concerns are over non-trade barriers (NTBs) being removed for EU producers.
The reason for the list remains unclear however Corporate Europe Observatory state “it is true that TTIP is a priority for UK ministers and there is a cross-departmental team which is spearheading its efforts. As part of this, the UK government holds regular discussions with groups with an interest in TTIP, although it is clear that it speaks to some groups rather more than others.
“Taking the information in the grid, it is clear that the UK government has held roundtables looking at the issues of public procurement, professional business services, automotives, chemicals and small and medium businesses (SMEs) within TTIP. If the grid's information is full and correct, no NGO or trade union attended these roundtables and even among the business interests, there were no dissenting voices present.”
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For more information about TTIP and what is happening, Ethical Consumer has produced a series of articles.
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