Promoting sustainable global trade
through careers, exports & research


TBS Logo - Hinrich Foundation Milestones

Established TBS Group – Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship partnership for scholars from Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. TBS Group is a multi-sector enterprise, providing integrated solutions from footwear, bags and investment and asset management to logistics, hospitality and retail.

Knoll Packaging logo - Milestones

Established Knoll – Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship partnership for scholars from China. Knoll is a leader in the deluxe packaging industry, delivering innovative and creative packaging solutions to luxury global brands since 1984.

CML - Milestones

Established CML Global Solutions-Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarships partnership for scholars from mainland China. CML Global Solutions is a leader for printed circuit board sourcing solutions, with a focus in the automotive, consumer and industrial markets.

Developing China - Milestones

Launched “Developing China: The remarkable impact of Foreign Direct Investment” by Michael Enright. Using Economic Impact Analysis and econometric modeling, the book estimates that the impact of foreign investment is far larger than is generally understood, and that most multinational companies vastly underestimate their own impact on China’s economy.

Export manager - Milestones

Developed and held the Export Manager Advanced Training Program with Leipzig University and Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This course is designed for export managers, marketing managers and professionals involved with business development for export and import who are looking to take their capabilities to the next level.

Sustainable Trade - Milestones

Published the Sustainable Trade Index together with the Economist Intelligence Unit. The inaugural version of the index measures nineteen economies in Asia and the U.S. across the three recognized pillars of sustainability: economic (“profit”), social (“people”), and environmental (“planet”).

Design capability Philippines - Milestones

Published “Design Capability Philippines”. This special report highlights new products and designs to help buyers source from the Philippines. Available at Developing Country Sourcing online.


Launched the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association & Alumni Leadership Committee. The Alumni Leadership Committee oversees the Hinrich Foundation Alumni Association and gives input to the Foundation executives and Council of Members.


Hong Kong Baptist University bestows Honorary University Fellowship upon Merle A. Hinrich.

Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarships partnership

Established adidas suppliers-Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarships partnership for scholars from Myanmar and Cambodia. The leading adidas footwear manufacturers located in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, produce tens of thousands of pairs of shoes per month for the company, providing employment for thousands of people.


Established Dehres-Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarships partnership for scholars from mainland China. Dehres Limited is the leading supplier of fine, exquisite jewelry pieces to the diamond industry.


Organized and hosted the The Role of Business in Shaping the Future of Education at Asia Society Hong Kong. This conference convened leaders from academia, industry and government to explore what stakeholders can do to sshape education in a way that supports business and helps the students acquire practical skills more cost effectively.


Launched Online Developing Country Sourcing sites: India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and Indonesia. Buyers looking to source from the seven emerging countries will find information on top-selling products, verified suppliers, features and pricing, and fresh market intelligence on Developing Country Sourcing.


Co-sponsored Myanmar Rule of Law workshop with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and Hong Kong University’s School of Law.

We Fit Your Life

Established VF-Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship partnership formed for scholars from Bangladesh. VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, more than 60, 000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue.

Global Sources

Established Global Sources-Hinrich Foundation Global Trade Leader Scholarship partnership for scholars from Greater China. Global Sources is a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade in Greater China, with more than 1.7 million international buyers, including 95 of the world’s top 100 retailers using Global Sources’ services.


Export Assistance Program support surpasses 1,000 export company beneficiaries.


Merle A. Hinrich founded the Hinrich Foundation with the mission of Promoting sustainable global trade. We pursue this mission by engaging in three interrelated programs: Trade Career Development, Export Trade Assistance and International Trade Research.