Social Enterprise Mark CIC

Enabling social enterprises through independent accreditation

Social Enterprise Mark CIC is the international social enterprise accreditation authority, which recognises and builds the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact.

We are the only social enterprise accreditation body to operate as a social enterprise.

Our world-first accreditations ensure that the business model remains ethical, credible and commercial. We provide clear standards for the social enterprise sector, which is unregulated, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise.

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Social Enterprise Mark CIC provides clear standards for the social enterprise sector.
We assure the business model remains credible, ethical and commercial through independent accreditation, which enables social enterprises to prove their credentials.

We have seen a continued increase in the average financial performance of Mark holders.

For Mark holders who held the Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark in both 2016/17 and 2017/18, the median average turnover reported by Mark Holders increased by more than £84,000, from £912,049 to £996,287. At least 42% of Mark Holders reported an increase in their turnover*.

The Social Enterprise Mark now has a presence in 11 different countries, including South Africa, Spain, and the UAE.

As well as welcoming applications from social enterprises across the world, we also offer international consultancy services, to advise global counterparts looking to set up equivalent social enterprise accreditation schemes within their own countries.

Our Mission

To assure the social enterprise business model remains ethical, credible and commercial through accreditation

Our Vision

A world in which there is commitment to social enterprise as a means to achieve positive social and environmental change

Our Purpose

Social Enterprise Mark CIC exists to recognise and build the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact above shareholder profit.

Hear what others have to say

“The Social Enterprise Mark CIC team make assessments easier, it’s very simple but there are robust criteria. At first, we couldn’t describe what we do, but we got help from Richard. That was a deal maker for us. I was too close to what we do. Richard was hand-holding and very helpful.”

“The Social Enterprise Mark CIC team applied the social enterprise lens to what we do. We’ve learned to think about ourselves in a different way.”


*We started to collect this data for all Mark Holders during 2017, so this median figure is only based on Mark Holders that provided figures for both periods concerned. The percentage of Mark Holders reporting increased turnover is based on total Mark Holders at the end of 2017/18, including those where we were unable to determine if there was an increase or not. However, other indications suggest these increases are likely to be higher: the median average turnover of all Mark Holders, including new successful applicants in 2017/18, is now £1,161,105; and if we only consider those Mark Holders where turnover figures for both years were available, the number reporting an increase in their turnover is actually 63%).