Social Enterprise Mark CIC is an international social enterprise accreditation authority, which recognises and builds the capabilities of social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact. The Mark provides clear standards for the social enterprise sector, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise.
Social enterprises are businesses that put the interests of people and planet ahead of shareholder gain. These businesses are driven by a social/environmental mission and reinvest profits into creating positive social change.
Working with sector partners, the Social Enterprise Mark CIC led the way in formalising an agreed definition of what constitutes genuine social enterprise, the essence of which has since been adopted in several other countries.
The criteria for the internationally-recognised accreditation, the Social Enterprise Mark, defines the distinguishing characteristics of a genuine social enterprise.