Why is the Mark important to decision-makers?
Chris White MP: "The Social Enterprise Mark has a key role in championing the sector as a standard that builds trust and can be believed in."
John Bryant, NHS Care Trust: "The Social Enterprise Mark is an excellent tool in enabling us as commissioners to be able to establish the credentials of organisations that are delivering social value. Within health and social care the reinvestment of surpluses in to social benefits is of huge advantage to those receiving and delivering care and the wider community. The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 focuses commissioners on seeking out such social value from their supply chain. The Mark certainly assists in helping us evidence that."
Michael Eynon, Wates Construction: "Given Wates' corporate responsibility objective of using social enterprises in supply chains, we are always looking for relevant social enterprises that can offer their skills and services to our projects and offices. The Social Enterprise Mark has been a good way not only for sourcing social enterprises but also pre-qualifying as we know that any social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark reinvest the majority of their profits for social and/or environmental purposes."
Mark Powderham, KMPG: "KPMG is keen to support the 50in250 campaign. We actively seek to include social enterprises ... and other target supplier groups in our sourcing activities and tenders. To this end, we are pursuing a 2 tier strategy, including social enterprises in our own tenders for HR & marketing-related goods & services, and engaging with our top 50 suppliers to encourage them to include diverse suppliers in their own supply-chains."
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK: "As one of the team involved in setting up the Fairtrade Mark, I know how important consumer choice can be. Cooperatives UK welcomes the Social Enterprise Mark and is pleased to encourage its take up by all social enterprises."
Neil Hewitt, Triodos Bank: " The Social Enterprise Mark is a true assurance that both social and environmental objectives are being met and businesses are trading to benefit people and planet, making a positive difference like us."
Alex Castle, Head Supply Chain Management, Telereal Trillium: "Telereal Trillium aims to be a great company to work for and with. Encouraging the consideration of social enterprises in procurement, as part of our everyday decision making, supports this ethos. The 50 in 250 challenge provides a unique opportunity to support positive social causes whilst delivering a sustainable financial performance."
Gordon Morris, Managing Director, Age UK Enterprises: "The Social Enterprise Mark has made a big difference to our business. We use it to communicate that we are a genuine social enterprise, independently verified and assessed. Our corporate partners and customers understand that the Social Enterprise Mark is an endorsement of our credibility and a guarantee of the social value we deliver."
Does the Social Value Act have Teeth?Research carried out by the Social Enterprise Mark has revealed a need for greater clarity on ‘social value’ between those tendering for public service contracts and those commissioning them, since the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act earlier this year. The survey also reveals that a recognisable independent certificate like the Social Enterprise Mark can act as an effective tool in simplifying the tendering process.