As a team, we are committed to playing our part to solve systemic social and environmental issues. We have chosen to structure our business not around industry sectors, but around the most critical issues that we want to help stakeholders to solve. As a business, we actively pursue client work, projects and volunteering activities that allow us to make an impact in these seven practice areas.
Biodiversity protection and nature regeneration
It is clear that we are pushing the planet’s life support system to the edge. Since the industrial revolution, human activities have increasingly destroyed and degraded forests, grasslands, wetlands and other important ecosystems for personal benefit. We have polluted our oceans, stripped wetlands, and converted more than 75% of land that is not covered by ice – mostly for the purpose of feeding just one species. In previous extinctions external circumstances beyond Earth's control have created much of the damage, today we (human beings) are the asteroid heading straight to planet earth.
We are born into a system that encourages conspicuous and obsessive overconsumption. We are drowning in our own waste. Despite living in a world that has finite resources, we are bred to believe that with every new purchase we become more complete. This linear approach to living, in which we take, make and dispose of goods and services, has reached its limits. We must shift to a new development model - one that guarantees the security of natural resources, protection of biodiversity and health and wellbeing of society.
The current food system is not working. Over 828 million people in the world are hungry daily (SOFI 2022) and with the current crises and conflicts, this number is only expected to rise. To strengthen global food security and fortify each of its pillars of access - availability, affordability, utilisation, and stability - we need to act now. Food systems must become more sustainable and consideration for the well-being of nature and the planet must become the core of decision-making.
A just transition is a bold, structural and democratic shift away from longstanding systems of exploitation, extraction, and alienation and towards systems of production and consumption that prioritise human well-being and ecosystem regeneration. The idea of a just transition recognises not just that we must swiftly move towards a sustainable, net-zero, and nature-positive future, but that this shift must be equitable and inclusive - underpinned by practises of solidarity, cooperation, and sharing.
The Tropical Forest Alliance worked with Shared Planet in 2022 on a project focused on the TFA’s workstream to address the challenge of deforestation in the beef supply chain between Brazil and China through its initiation of the Beef Dialogues. During the project, Shared Planet helped us to create a number of core deliverables: a White Paper that outlined a Blueprint For A More Sustainable Beef Trade Between Brazil and China, a Terms of Reference document for a new multi-stakeholder platform (the Beef Alliance), a stakeholder mapping to help us to expand our engagement, a stakeholder engagement strategy to guide the expansion of our stakeholder community and an onboarding pack. We found Shared Planet’s work to be very professional and exceeded our expectations and the team to be extremely energetic, responsive and flexible to the demands we made.
Director of Latin American operations, Tropical Forest Alliance
Wealth inequality is one of the most deep rooted and destructive issues facing society today. It deepens social and racial divides, worsens health inequity and undermines democracy. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened poverty rates around the world, yet its impact on the economic landscape has only just begun. Over the next few years, we can expect to see more people living without access to water, food, healthcare or education - even in wealthier nations. In short, more people without their human rights being met.
Closely related to poverty and diversity and inclusion issues is the topic of health equity. Health equity relates to an individual or group's right to achieve their full health potential. To this day, many people around the world are denied access to quality health care because of their social position or other socially determined circumstances. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated health inequalities and left those at greatest risk even worse off.
Despite significant gains in equal rights in the past century, discriminatory laws and social norms remain pervasive. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership, experience sexual and domestic violence and lack access to financial security in many corners of the world. The Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the deep-rooted and evasive racism that exists in even the wealthiest of countries. And around the world, people of all shapes, sizes and colours continue to face discrimination for their race, sexuality, age, religion, disability and gender.
Shared Planet was engaged by the King’s Health Partners Institute for Women and Children (IWCH) in 2020 and 2021 to support the strategic redesign of the organisation and its strategy following a change of leadership. Shared Planet helped our team to create a baseline level of knowledge about the landscape of stakeholder organisations working on women and/or children’s health, key issues around women’s health and government priorities, identify best practice models, map and prioritise relevant sources of funding and helped us to build and explain our organisational strategy internally and externally. Shared Planet also provided support to help us to engage on women’s health issues with the UK government in its 2021 strategic consultation. We found the Shared Planet team to be proactive and very capable at research and pulling together insights on women’s issues and help us to engage with the stakeholders that we care about.