Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, which proves it is in business primarily to benefit society, the local community and the environment.
The Social Enterprise Mark is an externally assessed social enterprise accreditation, which enables organisations to prove their commitment to creating positive social change. Only organisations which can prove they use income and profits to maximise their positive social/ environmental impact are awarded a licence to display the Social Enterprise Mark.
Applicants must meet robust sector-agreed qualification criteria in order to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark and are fully re-assessed every 3 years to ensure they continue to meet the criteria.
Government data estimates that nearly 9% of the UK small business population are social enterprises, contributing over around £24 billion to the economy and employing over 1 million people.
Staffordshire Chambers CEO Sara Williams OBE said: “We are really proud to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. Staffordshire Chambers is absolutely committed to supporting sustainable businesses and consequently helping local communities to thrive and prosper”.
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Mark CIC, advised:
“We are delighted to award the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark to Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. As the only way to independently assess and accredit genuine social enterprises, the Social Enterprise Mark guarantees businesses use profits for social purpose, not for the pockets of shareholders.”