Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2014
Now in their fourth year, the
Guardian Sustainable Business Awards set out to reward
businesses for their excellence in making sustainability a
The awards, organised by Guardian News and Media, shine a light
on the people and projects helping businesses to be more
sustainable, not just for their own bottom line but also for the
environment and society.
Shared Interest Society were delighted to be announced winners
in the social impact - innovation category at the awards ceremony
which was held in London on May 14.
The Guardian judges admired the fact that the society was a
mutual organisation rather than a business, commenting: "Its name
exactly expresses what it's trying to achieve - and all this in a
market with strong, dominant players."
As the world's only 100% fair trade lender, Shared Interest
Society has a business model that empowers communities and changes
Equal Exchange Trading commented saying: "It is great to see
Shared Interest receive this recognition for their great work. We
at EE have worked with them for 20 years and together we're able to
provide small farmer co-operatives around the world with affordable
credit that very often is not otherwise available. Their track
record is a great example of the power of both fair trade and of
the co-op business model. If you 'drink or eat fair trade' then why
not 'bank fair trade'? That is ultimately what makes possible this
rarely appreciated element of the fair trade system."