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UNDERSTANDING THE DEEPER IMPACT OF NESTLÉ’S DECISION

Shared Interest Managing Director, Patricia Alexander, shares her thoughts on Nestlé’s announcement that as of October, KitKat bars in the UK and Ireland will no longer be certified Fairtrade.

Why our Livelihood Security Fund is now more relevant than ever

As the global impact of Covid-19 continues to unfold, it remains unclear how developing world communities will cope with the health, economic, and social hardship caused. Our Livelihood Security Fund can help.

How do we help supply chains survive Covid-19?

Cristina Talens joined the Shared Interest Board of Directors earlier this year, and has provided the following insight into the challenges faced by producers and buyers in light of the current pandemic.

How much difference can be made by supporting communities

This Volunteers' Week gives us further opportunity to thank our volunteers for all that they do. Here, we hear from Gosia, who tells us about her motivations for getting involved.

Saying thank you to our Volunteers

Our Volunteer Engagement Manager, Sally Seddon, explains why we appreciate what our volunteers do every single day, and how we say an extra special thank you during Volunteer’s Week (1-7 June) each year.

What it means to be a NatWest Impact Management Champion

We have been discussing with the NatWest SE100 team about what it means to be chosen as a 2020 Impact Management Champion, especially in light of current circumstances.

MY DISPLAY OF SHARED INTEREST THROUGH THE YEARS

We were delighted with the responses received from our recent knolling project. Our UK-wide network of volunteers were invited to create a photographic display of items that have inspired them. Here, Kathryn explains her own personal selection.

A SHARING SPIRIT

As the world faces disruption due to Covid-19, we have been keeping in touch with our customers. We are hearing so many inspiring stories about how they are working through these times of hardship.

SPARKING SHARED INTEREST MEMORIES

This is the second in a series of blog posts about our volunteer knolling project. Knolling is a photographic method, sometimes referred to as a 'flat lay'. It is basically a birds-eye view of items grouped together to tell a story.

PIECING TOGETHER MY SHARED INTEREST MEMORIES

This year, we invited our volunteers to mark our 30th anniversary photographing items that represent what Shared Interest means to them. See some of the results here.

“AWARD SHOWS OUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMERS”

Internationally, we have a team on the ground in Costa Rica, Kenya, Ghana, and Peru. With the first overseas office opened in Kenya in 2006 and the latest in Ghana in 2012. This means that our Africa offices have each experienced winning a Queen’s Award.

Award confirms the need to continue our solidarity efforts

Shared Interest’s Regional Manager for Latin America has been helping customers in his region for over a decade, and so has seen the organisation recognised in the Sustainable Development category twice before.

SHARED INTEREST CELEBRATES ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL

We are delighted to share the news that Shared Interest has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

WOMEN IN THE COFFEE INDUSTRY

Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the United Nations in 2015 as ways of building a better world by 2030.

THE IMPORTANCE OF INCREASING INVESTMENT

As Shared Interest Society reaches 10,000 Share Accounts, our organisation’s growth can be a source of pride in work well done. It ensures that our reach is greater as we increase our assets and so our potential to influence events around the world.

FROM BANANA TO GEBANA

Before the term ‘fair trade’ even came into existence, there was a woman called Ursula Brunner who was a true pioneer for workers’ rights in the developing world. Read more about her story here.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR COCOA IN AFRICA

If you bite into a bar of chocolate today, it is highly likely that the cocoa beans used to make it were grown in West Africa. This is because two thirds of chocolate consumed worldwide include beans from this region.