York St John University and health and social care services provider SEQOL have become the latest organisations to be awarded the internationally recognised Social Enterprise Gold Mark for their commitment to social enterprise excellence.
We invited former Cabinet Office Minister Phil Hope to officially present both organisations with the Social Enterprise Gold Mark at the organisation’s conference in Salford on 8th June. The presentation formed part of an awards reception, celebrating the vast and diverse achievements of our accredited social enterprises.
The Social Enterprise Gold Mark offers enhanced accreditation to social enterprises wishing to demonstrate their excellence, assessing three essential areas of business operations:
- Business ethics
- Financial transparency
York St John University and SEQOL join existing Gold Mark holders Integrated Care 24, John Taylor Hospice, and University of Salford, in the exclusive network of ‘Gold standard’ social enterprises, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to social enterprise excellence.
Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor at York St John University said: “York St John University is delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark. This much-coveted accreditation is only given to those organisations who can demonstrate they are making a real difference to their community and the environment.
“We are one of only a few universities in the UK to have achieved this status and I am deeply grateful that the hard work and dedication of the York St John teams involved have been recognised in such a positive way.”
Katie Taylor-Neale, Head of Communications at SEQOL said: “Being a social enterprise has always been an important part of our identity within SEQOL – and we are proud to be an accredited Social Enterprise Mark holder.”
“To now be awarded the Gold Mark is really special and provides even further reassurance to people we work with that our innovative health and social care services are underpinned by clear business ethics.”
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, added: “We are delighted to award these two Social Enterprise Gold Marks, which are both very well deserved.”
“York St John University is only the second university to have achieved this challenging social enterprise accreditation. The university is clearly committed to providing a great student experience for learners from all different backgrounds, and the management team and staff also share a very strong sense of social purpose.”
“SEQOL places emphasis on employee engagement through voluntary employee ownership; employees are allowed the choice to purchase shares. Over 60% of employees have chosen to be shareholders – an impressive level of engagement for an employer of SEQOL’s size.”
“The assessment of both these organisations revealed that where you have a workforce that is so clearly enthused by its social purposes and how they contribute to this, there can be no greater strength to being a successful social enterprise. Well done to all concerned.”
Social Enterprise Mark CIC is the UK and international accreditation body responsible for assessing applications for the Social Enterprise Mark and Social Enterprise Gold Mark. We ensure the social enterprise business model remains ethical, credible and commercial through accreditation.
The Social Enterprise Gold Mark provides a route to social enterprise excellence. The Gold Mark offers enhanced accreditation to social enterprises which can show best practice in proof points across key business areas, including financial transparency and business ethics. It is a business development tool that sets benchmarks and an action plan for continuous improvement.
Please click here for more information an the Social Enterprise Gold Mark.