Trade can help both democracy and liberty along the way, said Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade. “We have been trading free since the Vikings’ time,” she said, explaining that CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), anti-corruption and safeguarding the environment are some of the areas that Sweden today, in various forms, are exporting. The seminar presented a report – Trading for democracy and freedom – written by Ewa Bjorling.
“I am convinced that trade can contribute to values that go beyond the economic – to peace, human rights, freedom and openness,” Ewa Björling writes in her report. She is convinced that trading indirectly contributes to a greater respect for human rights and free trade “contributes to increased prosperity, which in turn strengthens the ability of people to actively work towards a larger freedom.” (more…)