New research shows the social impact of the Sharing Economy

June 1st, 2018
by The People Who Share

3rd June 2018 sees the 4th Global Sharing Week, established by The People Who Share. The week launched in the House of Commons on 15th May 2018 in association with and support from Caroline Lucas, MP and co-leader of the Green Party.


In partnership with leading organisations from the Sharing Economy, Global Sharing Week is changing the future of work, and helping businesses to understand that ‘profit’ extends beyond finances.

More than a million of us are already working in the UK’s Sharing Economy, providing services from driving, to household tasks and sharing skills. By 2015, it is estimated that transactions in the sector could reach up to £140bn, from an estimated £13bn predicted in 2016. But the real value lies in the social and environmental value of sharing. The People Who Share recognises this, and has created the largest mass engagement campaign around the sharing phenomenon, which reaches over 100 million people worldwide.  


“Global Sharing Week demonstrates that the Sharing Economy is creating not only immense global economic value (estimated at over £1.5 trillion)[1] but social and environmental value too, impacting lives, providing jobs, tackling food poverty and helping to save our economy,”  says global Sharing Economy expert and speaker, Benita Matofska, founder of The People Who Share. “The UK is now seen as a global leader in social innovation in this new Sharing Economy”.


This year’s theme is social impact. There are over £3.5million worth of idle human and physical resources in the world. The People Who Share recognise that these resources can have a major impact and have the potential to solve major global challenges.

Running from 3rd-10th June 2018, Global Sharing Week aims to celebrate the social enterprises and organisations already making a difference.


The People Who Share partner with trailblazing organisations within the Sharing Economy to help develop social business, and further opportunities for those who ‘profit’ from sharing. These include Liftshare, FareShare, who last year delivered over 36 million meals to people in poverty from food diverted from landfill, and Beam, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for homeless people.


The People Who Share are now looking to you to get involved in Global Sharing Week. You can share via giant clothes swaps, food shares, pop-up picnics, skills swaps, Sharing Streets, co working hack-a-thons, swap-meets and recycling events. With hundreds of events registered around the world, visit the website to find out how you can get involved!


About Global Sharing Week

Global Sharing Week (June 3-10th) is the largest mass engagement campaign helping millions discover the rapidly growing Sharing Economy. Created by The People Who Share, a social enterprise with a mission to mainstream the Sharing Economy, Global Sharing Week now reaches over 120 million people worldwide with over 350 events registered around the globe. Alongside founding partner Shareable, The People Who Share works with a network of over 300 Global Sharing Week partners to shine a spotlight on the growing Sharing Economy, enabling millions to discover ways in which sharing can transform lives.

The Week raises the profile of the over 12,000 sharing initiatives around the world and helps people, businesses and communities access shared resources creating value for all. Global Sharing Week began as National Sharing Day in the UK in 2012, quickly becoming Global Sharing Day as worldwide interest and the network grew. In 2015, The People Who Share launched Global Sharing Week helping many millions more discover the benefits of the Sharing Economy. Events take place on every continent and range from Sharing Streets, to giant clothes swaps, pop up picnics, skill exchanges and crowdshares. To get involved, find or host an event near you visit: #GlobalSharingWeek


[1] BofAml, Global Primer on the Sharing Economy, 2017