We are concerned about the impact future trade treaties TTIP and CETA might have and think that international trade can be arranged in a more clever way. In the way we conduct our businesses, we advocate for an economy based on three main principles:

1. A sustainable economy
We live in a world in which not the scarcity of goods, but rather overproduction is the problem. Yet our economy dictates to produce more every year. But, limitless growth is not sustainable for humans and the earth. TTIP and CETA stimulate global economic growth based on more trade and producing more of the same products in larger quantities. A trade policy that only focuses on global economic growth through increased trade does not match the society’s demands sustainability. Instead of growth, the focus is now on reuse, recycle, repair and ethical use of natural resources. Entrepreneurs demand trade agreements that give guidance to a sustainable economy. The 'Alternative Trade Mandate "and" The Great Transition" provide for alternative visions of how to work towards a sustainable economy. Such vision can strengthen our thinking on how to change the direction in which TTIP and CETA seem to be heading.

2. First People and Planet, then Corporate Profits
Previous examples of free trade policies, like NAFTA, have taught us that trade agreements can lead to the detriment of social and environmental legislation. Removal of the so called 'non-tariff barriers’ (free trade policies beyond import and export tariffs, e.g. related to environmental, consumer or employee rights) are key in the TTIP negotiations. These provisions are allegedly blocking economic growth and short-term profit making. Removal of such regulations through trade agreements such as TTIP and CETA though, would hand multinationals an increasing influence on political decisions. Regulations about the public domain are the safeguard of prosperity and wellbeing of all citizens and entrepreneurs. The interests of People and Planet are more important than the interests of Corporate Profit.


3. An equitable distribution
Inequality between rich and poor people is growing. TTIP and CETA are expected to increase this growing inequality by emphasising the maximization of profits by multinationals. Entrepreneurs demand policies that focus on the wellbeing of everyone within the limits set by nature. Well being does not depend on more trade but rather it depends on an equitable distribution of the available wealth. In addition to a sustainable economy, we need an economy based on solidarity and justice. The world provides enough for everyone, we need to divide wealth more equitable. This would particularly require a different attitude from all of us. An attitude of 'we' instead of just 'me'. Social enterprises and not-only-for-profit companies are examples of entrepreneurs who include such 'we' attitude and social commitment into their business strategy. Societal involvement and support from society furthermore has proven a solid strategy during the latest economic crisis; i.e. a smart business strategy in the long term. 

We are all Ondernemers van Nu and can only thrive in a fair and healthy environment. Do you feel inspired? Join this campaign by signing the petition (Dutch page)!


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Eind datum: Jun 01, 2017

Verzamelde handtekeningen: 1120

Gewenst aantal handtekeningen: 1250

1,120 signatures

Deze ondernemers gingen je voor:

1,120 Hilco Kooistra KBL Circulair Schoonmaakcentrum jun 24, 2017
1,119 Frans Taminiau Masters that Matter jun 20, 2017
1,118 M. Kasten jun 20, 2017
1,117 Matthias AV Zzp: editor jun 19, 2017
1,116 Hans Braamse Acknowledge Professional Services BV jun 16, 2017
1,115 Jenny Netten Look for Detail jun 15, 2017
1,114 Maureen Prins solar cinema jun 14, 2017
1,113 Nienke Hoogvliet Studio Nienke Hoogvliet jun 14, 2017
1,112 Marcel Spaas FairClimateFund jun 14, 2017
1,111 J.N.A. Meevers Scholte J.N.A. Meevers Scholte jun 13, 2017

Wij gaan voor minimaal 1000 handtekeningen van ondernemers. Ons doel is om deze handtekeningen aan te bieden aan minister Ploumen en aan de voorzitter van MKB Nederland, dhr. Michaël van Straalen. Wij hopen hen hiermee te inspireren om in te zetten op een andere economische koers.