About FairShares

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The FairShares Institute has been established to investigate the FairShares Model – a four-stakeholder approach to the development of solidarity cooperatives and multi-stakeholder social enterprises.


Five values and principles in the FairShares Model are investigated, developed and disseminated through research activities, knowledge transfer projects and education courses organised by the institute. These themes guide which projects the institute initiates and responds to. The five themes are:

1. Wealth and power sharing

We will research the structure of companies, co-operatives, associations and partnerships that advance equality and equity between members, stakeholder groups and trading partners. We are interested in how the wealth created is shared fairly amongst founders, producers, users and investors to promote mutuality and reciprocity.

2. Specification of social purpose(s) and auditing of impact(s)

We will research how members are empowered through constitutions to establish and evaluate social value creation (such as specific improvements to their own, their community’s and wider environment’s health and well-being).

3. Ethical review of the choice of goods and services offered

We will research how members are encouraged to think carefully about the well-being that their joint enterprise creates (or could create) through designing and offering products and services.

4. Ethical review of production and retailing processes

We will research how products and services are developed using production and retailing processes that positively affect members, society and the environment.

5. Social democratic ownership, governance and management

We will research how ownership is extended amongst all primary stakeholders who are directly affected by operations so that they have a clear right to participate in decisions on how the (natural, human, social, intellectual, economic and financial) capital they contribute is managed.

Steering Group

The FairShares Institute steering group (Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Dr Christine O’Leary, Dr Steven Pattinson, Dr David Wren and Neil Fletcher) drafted the five themes to align with the values and principles agreed by the FairShares Association (www.fairshares.coop) and FairShares Labs project in Germany (www.fairshareslab.org). The wording of the themes was validated by an international panel of academics and practitioners.

Our Academic Panel Includes:

  • Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Dr Shann Turnbull, International Institute for Self-governance, Australia
  • Dr Nina Boeger, University of Bristol Law School, UK
  • Prof Michael Neary, Lincoln University, UK
  • Dr Jeroen Veldman, Cass Business School, UK
  • Dr Joss Winn, University of Lincoln, UK
  • Dr Steven Pattinson, Northumbria University, UK
  • Dr Christine O’Leary, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Dr Suzanne Grant, (New Zealand), previously at Waikato University
  • Prof Bronwen Morgan, UNSW, Australia
  • Dr Michael Bull, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Prof Takashi Yamamoto, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
  • Prof Jo Barraket, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Dr David Wren, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • Prof Lars Hulgard, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Neil Fletcher, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Our Practice Panel Includes:

  • Graham Mitchell, Ooooby UK Limited, UK/New Zealand
  • Andrew Picken, Social Enterprise Europe Ltd, EU/UK
  • James Perry, LocoSoco, UK
  • Cliff Southcombe, Social Enterprise Europe Ltd, EU/UK
  • Shahida Siddique, Faithstar LLP, UK
  • Josef Davies-Coates, United Diversity / The Open Co-op, UK
  • Judit Bedőné Károly, ECOsynergy Ltd, Hungary
  • Gavin Bell, Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland
  • Eric Doriean, AnyShare, US
  • Graham Boyd, evolutesix, UK
  • Roger Schmidtchen, VSBI e.V., Germany
  • Stefanie Trzecinski, KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH, Germany
  • Karin Oparaocha, KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH, Germany
  • Jumbo Klercq, The Elephant Learning in Diversity BV, Netherlands
  • Rob Jameson, AnyShare Society, US

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