Social Enterprise Accreditation

Social Enterprise Acumen is proud to be an affiliate partner of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, the international social enterprise accreditation authority which provides a pathway to recognised standards of good practice and excellence.

Our very own Kate Welch was one of the original Social Enterprise Mark Ambassadors and remains a strong advocate for the importance of independent standards for social enterprise businesses and Social Enterprise Acumen has held the Social Enterprise Mark since 2013.

Social Enterprise Mark CIC provides a pathway to social enterprise good practice and excellence via a portfolio of externally assessed accreditations:

  • Aspiring Social Enterprise accreditation – an entry level accreditation for new and aspiring social enterprises, or those looking to convert to a social enterprise business model. Annual licence fee of £150+VAT or £15/month
  • Social Enterprise Markthe recognised standard of social enterprise good practice. 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. Annual licence fee starts at £250+ VAT or £25/month (dependent on company turnover)
  • Social Enterprise Gold Mark  – the only standard of social enterprise excellence. Provides enhanced accreditation to established social enterprises which can show best practice across several key business areas that are central to social enterprise excellence, including governance, business ethics and social impact. Annual licence fee starts at £1,900+VAT (dependent on company turnover)

At Social Enterprise Acumen we believe that genuine and transparent accreditation helps you stand out as a credible social enterprise.  That is why businesses referred by Social Enterprise Acumen to Social Enterprise Mark CIC can benefit from an introductory discount of 10% off the cost of their first annual licence fee for any Social Enterprise Mark CIC accreditation. You can find out more and register your interest here.