Much like a USDA Organic stamp, which regulates farming and handling, the Social Enterprise Mark is a UK-based certification that consumers can look to and trust.
The Mark works both ways: social enterprises and social businesses benefit because they are seen as more reputable and consumers can look to the Mark to choose which services and purchases they favor in their communities.
"Social enterprises have to prove they are genuine against a set of qualification criteria, which is overseen by an independent Certification Panel to ensure fairness and consistency," the organization writes on their website. "Any changes to the qualification criteria are overseen by the Board of the Company."
Integrity, inspiration and interaction -- all equally important when it comes to business principles -- are three key tenets of Social Enterprise Mark's mission.
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