Merle A. Hinrich established the Hinrich Foundation with the mission of promoting sustainable global trade.
The Hinrich Foundation believes sustainable global trade promotes economic prosperity and peace. It aims to encourage the private sector and governments to drive innovation and competitiveness in trade-related activities undertaken by individuals, companies, industries and countries by focusing on three program areas:
Trade scholarships & careers
Through our Hinrich Global Trade Leaders Scholarship Program, we encourage academia and industry to work together to develop talent for the export sector. In conjunction with our business partners, we sponsor educational opportunities for students from across developing Asia to build the knowledge and practical skills necessary to participate in global trade.
Export trade assistance
We offer practical trade services to promote and coach producers on how to participate more effectively in global trade.
International trade research
To advance productive trade relationships between countries through open, fact-based dialogues, we initiate thought leadership research, elicit opinions and disseminate information about global trade to encourage informed debate and balanced policy making.