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Multi-stakeholder co-operation in member-owned social enterprises.

FairShares is a brand and development model for self-governing social enterprises operating under Association, Co-operative and Company Law. It offers a unique multi-stakeholder approach through its integration of entrepreneurs, producers, consumers and investors, and its advocacy of Creative Commons to manage members' intellectual property.

  • Intense concentrations of wealth have been caused by the private corporation. The FairShares Model of co-operative enterprise distributes surpluses equitably. It is a much‑needed part of the social economy’s infrastructure...

    Steve Wagstaff, Co-operative Group, South Yorkshire & Chesterfield, co-Founder of FairShares

  • The ability to enfranchise those who put in money, those who use an organisation and those who work for it, is hugely appealing … [it is] the future development of social enterprise and a more democratic society...

    Nicola Dickins, Co-founder of Make It Happen Consultancy, co-Founder of FairShares

  • I see FairShares as a way for every person to become a co‑owner of organisations they work for, buy from and need to secure their well-being. We have devised a new approach to sharing control …

    Rory Ridley-Duff, Assistant Professor of Co-operative and Social Enterprise, Sheffield Business School, co-Founder of FairShares

  • For me, FairShares emerges as a direct continuation of our original [social enterprise] movement – a bit like a ship out of the fog powered by the latest engineering – reminding us of our founding values...

    Cliff Southcombe, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Europe Ltd, co-Founder of FairShares