Social Traders certification

Social Traders certification

Strengthen your social enterprise position with Social Traders certification. It identifies and protects the sector against the growing risk of social washing. Developed in 2017, our certification is world-leading, tailored specifically for the Australian social enterprise sector, and endorsed by the Social Enterprise World Forum. Only Social Traders offers the double badge of certification and verification.

Certified social enterprise membership options

Looking to see how Social Traders works with certified social enterprises? Take a look at our membership options.

What is a social enterprise?

What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises are an innovative breed of business that work to create a fairer and more sustainable world.

Australia’s definition of social enterprise was developed in the 2010 research project Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES) and has three parts:

  • A defined primary social, cultural or environmental purpose consistent with a public or community benefit
  • A substantial portion of income from trade
  • Investing efforts and resources into purpose such that public/community benefit outweighs private benefit

The definition covers all legal structures and types of impact – it’s inclusive for all social enterprises delivering public benefit over private gain.

World-leading certification framework

Social Traders certification is established, trusted and world-leading. Take a look at our rigorous framework and social enterprise definition.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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