Wealth, Social Enterprise and the FairShares Model

RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory, WREN, David and MCCULLOCH, Maureen (2020). Wealth, Social Enterprise and the FairShares Model. Studies of Regional Policy, 24 (1).

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    Abstract

    This conceptual and empirical paper explores how the fields of social enterprise (SE) and sustainable development (SD) problematise the concept of wealth and reframes it to include non-financial outcomes. Using discussion documents published by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and FairShares Association, we articulate an argument that wealth can be conceptualised as access to six forms of capital (natural, human, intellectual, social, manufactured and financial). We deploy this framework to investigate the wealth creating capabilities of different types of SE, then apply it to a case study of Resonate Co-operative Ltd. Resonate was chosen on the basis that it applied the FairShares Model (FSM) to music streaming services to alter distributions of power and wealth to benefit music makers (labour) and music fans (consumers). Its co-operative model of inclusive SE development aligns SE with SD through structures and systems that recognise and reward each form of wealth contribution. We conclude that it offers a coherent framework for aligning SE and SD.

    Plain Text Summary

    This paper outlines a view of wealth based on access to six forms of capital. Using a case study of Resonate Co-operative Ltd, a case is made for the alignment of the fields of social enterprise and sustainable development through the application of the FairShares Model to co-operative development.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Sheffield Business School Research Institute
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2020 10:53
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 19:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27756

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