EMESThe FairShares Institute for Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship started as a Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) project at Sheffield Business School (SBS) within Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).  In 2017, it was accepted into membership of the EMES International Research Network and is co-host for the 7th EMES International Research Conference in 2019.

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Current and Future Courses

In December 2018, the first of four professional development courses (and related accreditations) went live. To register and enrol for FairShares Institute Courses, navigate to:


Courses Available Now


Courses Planned for Later


Model Rules for a FairShares Co-operative

Model Rules
Model Rules

A key output of the initial project was the creation of a set of model rules for bone fide co-operative societies wishing to register in England, Wales or Scotland.

Create Rules by visiting the FairShares Rules Generator


“to eliminate poverty, promote social justice by building communities in which every adult has the opportunity to become a co-owner of the organisations on which they, their family and community depend.”

Each FairShares project has as its goal the creation of a sustainable co-operative enterprise that enfranchises four primary stakeholders (founders, labour, users, investors).


“to engage in critical testing, development and application of the FairShares Model and disseminate the results in an intellectual commons for the benefit of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, managers, members and professionals engaged in cooperative social entrepreneurship.”

The project’s vision and mission were agreed by our steering group to align with the goals of the FairShares Association (UK) and FairShares Labs project (Germany), then validated by international panels of academics and practitioners.

Examples of FairShares in Practice

FairShares has already become the focus of international projects. Download 20 examples of existing/potential FairShares enterprise uncovered during the FairShares Labs project


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