The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark

Prove your credentials as a social enterprise committed to promoting equality and diversity


Evidence your credentials as an exemplar employer of disabled people.

The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark (SEDEM) is a new accreditation that has been designed specifically for social enterprises that have a focus on providing employment for disabled people. It was developed with the aim of providing assurance for commissioners and disabled people on the specialist supportive environment available to your employees.

It builds on the experience and evidence of Disability Confident, the Social Enterprise Mark and Gold Mark accreditations, as well as customs and practices of the Supported Business community as exemplar employers and businesses.

We are currently conducting a final pilot phase of the accreditation before it is rolled out more widely (planned for 2022). If you are interested in applying, please register your interest and we will keep you posted with developments.

The Social Enterprise Disability Employment Mark is designed for supported businesses and social enterprises whose primary objective is the employment of disabled people.
It aims to provide assurance on the quality of employment outcomes for disabled people.

What are the benefits?


Prove your social enterprise credentials, by submitting to the scrutiny of a rigorous external assessment process. With annual checks against criteria, you can assure customers/partners that you are operating ethically, commercially and upholding sector-agreed standards, with a focus on providing employment opportunities for disabled people.


The Social Enterprise Disabity Employment Mark was developed in partnership with the Supported Business Steering Group. It aims to provide assurance to commissioners/funding bodies on the quality of employment outcomes that are created for disabled people.


Demonstrate your good practice as an exemplar employer in promoting equality and diversity, by providing valuable support to those people that encounter the greatest barriers to work, enabling them to find and maintain meaningful employment.

You will be featured in a unique directory that lists only accredited social enterprises and shows their social impact, which is viewed by over 500 visitors per month.


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


Prove how you are delivering social value through the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

Our social impact questions are designed to help you think about the social impact you create, and to communicate this clearly and succinctly. We also create a Social Impact Declaration for all Mark holders, to summarise how you are striving to make a difference and standing up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise. We also publish full statements of how you commit to make a difference by supporting disabled people into employment.


We facilitate collaboration amongst our international network of social enterprises, and encourage our 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, as well as sharing knowledge and good practice.


Register your interest

Complete this short form to register your interest in applying for accreditation. We will then keep you posted with developments as we complete the pilot phase.

If you check this box, we will add you to our supporters mailing list, which we send regular updates to about our network of accredited social enterprises and our accreditation services. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the email.