Social Enterprise Mark CIC accreditation portfolio

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

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ACCREDITATION LEVEL

Aspiring Social Enterprise

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Committed to achieving social enterprise good practice standard

Social Enterprise Mark

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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