Social Traders provides the only Social Enterprise certification in Australia

Social Traders provides the only Social Enterprise certification in Australia

Our logomark gives business and government the assurance that a Social Enterprise has been independently verified, so more of them feel confident in directing their procurement spend this way.

Why certification is important

Why certification is important

Social Enterprises are unique because they exist to create impact through trade. Purpose is at their heart, but it can be hard to quantify or explain, and they use many different legal structures.

That’s why we set up the certification process – so everyone can have confidence that the Social Enterprise model really does create social or environmental impact through trade.

We work with Social Enterprises to articulate their social impact model, and the activities and costs associated with it. This allows us to spotlight Social Enterprise and ensures everyone trusts its extraordinary impact.

How we certify

How we certify

Certification demonstrates that a Social Enterprise exists to create impact through trade by doing three things:

  1. Having a defined primary social, cultural or environmental purpose consistent with a public or community benefit.
  2. Deriving a substantial portion of their income from trade.
  3. Investing efforts and resources into their purpose such that public/community benefit outweighs private benefit.

Our certification process is supportive, offering Social Enterprises the flexibility they need across diverse models and stages of development.

Join the community and get certified

Check if you’re ready

Check if you’re ready

Take our short questionnaire and attend our certification webinar. 

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Gather your documents

Gather your documents

This includes legal documents, financial statements (or planning documents for start-ups) and evidence that impact is being achieved.

Submit your application

Submit your application

Complete your online application form, which will be reviewed by our team of experts.

Our review process

Read our full guidance notes to learn about our certification standards.

Advisory Group

Sometimes certification applications can be complex. Our Social Traders Certification Advisory Group provides an independent, third-party perspective on these matters. They also provide general advice to Social Traders on certification as the Social Enterprise sector continues to evolve.

Staff
Keith Rovers
Partner, MinterEllison
Staff
Seán Barnes
Director of Social Procurement, Ākina Foundation (NZ)
Staff
Michael De Soyza
Director, Ernst & Young
Staff
Nina Yousefpour
Social Enterprise Certification Manager, Social Traders

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