Promoting sustainable global trade
through education, employment & research

Merle A. Hinrich

Merle A. Hinrich established the Hinrich Foundation with the mission of promoting sustainable global trade. It advances its objective by supporting trade scholarships and career development, offering export trade assistance, and fostering international trade research.

As Founder, Chief Executive Officer and now Executive Chairman of trade media company Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL), Mr. Hinrich has dedicated his life and the activities of the company to advancing sustainable global trade. In particular, Global Sources has provided trade marketing services to tens of thousands of producers from across Asia and Greater China over the last 45 years, through its trade media, online services and trade shows.

Through the endeavors of the Hinrich Foundation, we are able to extend his lifelong work in trade and human development into areas best served by a philanthropic organization.

Why, how & what of the Hinrich Foundation

WhyWe believe sustainable global trade promotes peace between nations.

HowThe Hinrich Foundation has four key ambitions:
 Encourageboth the private sector and governments to drive innovation and competitiveness.
 Sponsorthe education and skill development of individuals who wish to participate in international trade.
 Providepractical trade services which in turn create jobs.
 Encourageequality in trade development by influencing policymakers to take a balanced approach and support open and transparent global trade.

WhatTo achieve these goals, the Foundation engages in the three interrelated programs:
 Trade scholarships & careersIt sponsors educational opportunities for individuals who show a commitment to participating in or promoting innovative and competitive global trade.
 Export trade assistanceIt offers practical trade services to promote and coach small to medium producers in developing Asia on how to participate in global trade.
 International trade researchIt initiates research, elicits opinions and disseminates information about global trade in order to encourage informed debate and balanced policy making in support of open and transparent global trade.


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