Submitted by: Regionalwert AG
Implemented country: Germany
Title: Sustainability as return on stocks
Previously, the only influence that non-farmers had on the manner of food production was individual purchase decisions. The Regionalwert AG citizens’ corporation in the region of Freiburg, Germany, transforms consumers into shareholders. Via capital investment, citizens share the responsibility for material values such as profit and capital as well as for non-material values such as the development of the cultural landscape, for energy efficiency, and for jobs and apprenticeships. Money is used to transform farms without heirs into ecological farms and maintain them as such. The fiscal balance enables stockholders to understand how their money is working.