Social Enterprise Mark CIC accreditation portfolio

Providing credible standards for social enterprise

We provide a pathway to social enterprise good practice and excellence via our portfolio of externally assessed accreditations

The Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation enables aspiring social enterprises to prove they are working towards recognised standards of good practice.

Applicants are supported on their journey to social enterprise good practice and excellence.

The Social Enterprise Mark is an independently assessed guarantee of a company’s commitment to trading for the benefit of people and planet.
It provides reassurance to consumers that a company is living up to its social/environmental claims.
The Social Enterprise Gold Mark is a symbol of excellence for social enterprises.

It is awarded to organisations that can prove best practice across key business areas, including social impact, financial transparency and business ethics.

Which Mark should I apply for?

The tables below outline and compare the criteria and benefits of our different levels of accreditation

Criteria

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACCREDITATION LEVEL

Aspiring Social Enterprise

Aspiring Social Enterprise badge

Committed to achieving social enterprise good practice standard

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Mark badge

Social enterprise good practice standard

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Social enterprise excellence

£150+VAT/year from £350+VAT/year from £2,000+VAT/year
Criteria
Must be primarily dedicated to social objectives (or dedicate profits to an organisation that is) Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Must be an independent business Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Must earn at least 50% of income through trading Tick mark Tick mark
A principal proportion of profits must be dedicated to social purposes Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Must commit to distributing residual assets for social aims if organisation is dissolved Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Must demonstrate that social objectives are being achieved Tick mark Tick mark
Must provide evidence of effective governance Tick mark
Must provide evidence of effective stakeholder engagement Tick mark
Must provide evidence of ethical and good business practice Tick mark
Must provide evidence of financial transparency Tick mark
Must monitor and report on social impact Tick mark

Benefits

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACCREDITATION LEVEL

Aspiring Social Enterprise

Aspiring Social Enterprise badge

Committed to achieving social enterprise good practice standard

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Mark badge

Social enterprise good practice standard

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Social Enterprise Gold Mark

Social enterprise excellence

Benefits
‘Aspiring Social Enterprise’ badge Tick mark n/a n/a
Tailored advice on business development actions to meet the requisite social enterprise standards (relative to each accreditation) Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Access to unique network of accredited social enterprises Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Discounted rates for Social Enterprise Mark CIC events Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Access to Social Enterprise Mark CIC communications channels Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Annual review/assessment Tick mark Tick mark Tick mark
Social Enterprise Mark badge – approved social enterprises status Tick mark Tick mark
Profile in online directory of accredited social enterprises Tick mark Tick mark
Social impact service Tick mark Tick mark
Assessment feedback service Tick mark Tick mark
Social Enterprise Gold Mark badge – social enterprise excellence Tick mark
On-site assessment Tick mark
Tailored action plan Tick mark

Specialist accreditations

We have developed two specialist accreditations for businesses that provide supportive employment for disabled people

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.

The Local Authority Disability Employment Mark is designed especially for services within local authorities whose primary purpose is delivering social value through supporting the employment of people with disabilities or long-term health conditions.

Register your Interest

Complete the short form to register your interest in any of our accreditations and a member of our team will be in touch within 2 days to discuss the next steps