East Marsh Community Trust Ltd have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. It is the first time that the standard has been awarded in North East Lincolnshire. It was presented because EMCT has suceeded in its social and environmental purposes.
the Mark of integrity
Social enterprises are working to make a difference across the UK and beyond, but not enough people know what they are or how they work. The Social Enterprise Mark, as the brand for social enterprises, is raising awareness of what social enterprises do in order to get more people to buy from, engage with, start up and work for social enterprises. There are 62,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £24bn to the UK economy and employing around 800,000 people. Ethical buying has grown considerably in the past decade, and the recession has not slowed it down – there is a clear appetite for people to connect with businesses doing more than just 'the usual'.
the Mark of intent
Social enterprises are businesses doing really extraordinary things in new and innovative ways but they have until now been hard to recognise, partly because they work in practically every industry imaginable and range from community enterprises to international companies.
the Mark of identity
The Mark is awarded to businesses who meet specific criteria that demonstrate they are working primarily for social or environmental goals, and that 50% of their profits are reinvested towards those goals. We want as many businesses as possible to be set up as social enterprises, and hope that existing organisations consider how to become social enterprises.
The criteria for the Mark have been agreed by leaders and representatives from support organisations within the social enterprise movement.