Why become an accredited social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark?

Key benefits of becoming an accredited social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark


Prove your credibility

The independent assessment process safeguards the credibility of genuine social enterprises that can prove their commitment to creating benefits for people and planet.

The Social Enterprise Mark is the only accreditation to independently assess organisations against sector agreed criteria to provide a guarantee of a commitment to trading for the primary benefit of people and planet.


Differentiate from competitors

Stand out from competitors, by demonstrating you have been scrutinised against robust accreditation criteria, and have proven that your organisation puts people and planet before the interests of shareholders.

Statistics from 2016 Social Enterprise Mark CIC stakeholder survey


Communicate your social ethos

Demonstrate your social values to internal and external stakeholders – displaying the Social Enterprise Mark enables you to start conversations about your social mission.


Collaboration and peer learning

We facilitate collaboration amongst our international network of social enterprises, and encourage Social Enterprise Mark holders to work in partnership to create combined social value. 

Mark holders have access to networking and peer learning opportunities at our annual conference, with a varied and interactive programme to stimulate debate and learning, including a half day forum exclusively for Mark holders to share knowledge and good practice.


Get noticed

Get featured in the Social Enterprise Mark directory of accredited social enterprises, which is viewed by approx. 700 people per month. Social Enterprise Mark holders have their own profile on the directory, which includes details about the organisation with contact details and links to website and social media channels, as well as evidence of social impact.


Marketing & communications

Benefit from promotion to an extensive online audience. Our communications channels are a valuable resource for you to raise your profile as an accredited social enterprise. Get featured in our weekly news bulletin, and share your news via our website and social media channels.

Mark holders can also take advantage of exclusive resources to promote their status as independently guaranteed social enterprises, including free flyers and marketing toolkits and templates.



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