Social Traders certification is established, trusted and world-leading.

It’s for all the businesses putting people and planet first. It’s how we protect the sector against the growing risk of social washing.

In 2017, we developed Australia's social enterprise certification to de-risk social enterprise procurement. Since then, it has expanded to clearly identify and elevate the whole social enterprise sector.

Certification is for all social enterprise types, legal structures and stages of development.

Our certification is world-leading, tailored to the Australian market, and endorsed by the Social Enterprise World Forum. It's one of only six ‘double badge’ partners in the world. Only Social Traders offers the double badge of certification and verification – the highest standard in the Australian market.

We've been building a thriving social enterprise sector since 2008. The Social Traders certification is supported by government, leading philanthropists, Australia’s largest businesses and used by hundreds of certified social enterprises.

Why certify
  • Join a national community of certified social enterprises
    Connect with like-minded businesses and potential partners through our events and training
  • Strengthen your position
    Proudly display your certified logo and be recognised as a genuine social enterprise that puts people and planet first
  • Get listed on the national directory
    Get visibility on Australia’s national directory of social enterprises, the Social Enterprise Finder
  • Activate the global People and Planet First mark for free
    Activate your global People and Planet first mark
    – exclusively available for free to social enterprises certified with Social Traders
  • Access volunteering platforms
    As certified social enterprises with Social Traders, you'll be able to use Communiteer and SEEK Volunteer platforms for free to attract volunteers to help grow your business for good further
  • Secure grant funding
    Improve your chances of winning grants by showing you’re a genuine social enterprise with our grant partners (Local, State and Federal Government, and leading philanthropists)
  • Expand your business
    Connect with Australia’s largest network of businesses and governments working with Social Traders to buy from social enterprise. Access new market opportunities through social procurement
  • Access exclusive events and content
    Get free tickets to the leading sector events run by Social Traders and our partners - attend our training sessions, collaborate with other social enterprises, connect with buyers, and stay on top of sector trends

Check if you're ready to be certified

Find out if you're a business for good

Access volunteering platforms

Access volunteering platforms

As a certified social enterprise with Social Traders, you can access Communiteer and SEEK Volunteer platforms for free! Find the right volunteers and build a community to help your business for good further. Register today if you're already a certified social enterprise.


SEEK Volunteer

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.

Keith Rovers
Partner, MinterEllison
Michael De Soyza
Director, Ernst & Young
Nicola Nation
Chief Executive Officer, Akina

Certification complaints and review process

Social Traders maintains an audit and review process and will investigate issues or complaints raised against a certified social enterprise. The scope of any review that is conducted will be based on issues aligned with our certification framework.

Full details can be found in our Certification Complaints and Review Process document.

Our certification process

Take a look at our certification information pack to learn about our process.

Thanks to our supporters

The Social Traders social enterprise certification standards have been developed in consultation with our supporters at EY and Minter Ellison.

Thanks to our supporters
Thanks to our supporters

“In addition to the tangible benefits, the sense of belonging to a community of purpose-driven individuals has been incredibly motivating. Sharing experiences and insights with fellow social entrepreneurs has not only enriched our understanding but has also ignited fresh ideas and innovative approaches to addressing societal challenges.”

Nora Fraser, Multicultural Professional Network, certified social enterprise

We welcome feedback

We are constantly reviewing and improving our approach to certification. If you would like to provide your feedback, do get in touch.

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