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We make winning work easier for social enterprises

We certify social enterprises and offer services to support their growth and impact.

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Social Traders certification confirms a social enterprise has been verified by Social Traders. This ensures that the enterprise meets the definition of a social enterprise in that it:

  • has a defined primary social purpose, environmental or other public benefit
  • derives a substantial portion of its income from trade
  • and reinvests 50% or more of annual profits towards achieving the social purpose (operationalised as the costs to the organisation of delivering on its primary purpose)

Read more on the definition of social enterprise

What is certification?

By becoming Social Traders certified we’re able to connect social enterprises that can supply products, services and social impact with our business and government buyer members, as well as other stakeholders interested in working with social enterprises.

Becoming Social Traders certified attracts an annual fee of $500 (exGST) and makes it easier to be recognised as a social enterprise.

Read more about the launch of certification

Why certify?

Various stakeholders, including government and other businesses, rely on third party certification when they work with social enterprises. It’s how they can manage the risks of suppliers misrepresenting themselves as social enterprises.

There are market advantages for social enterprises and so there is an increased significance in legitimate use of the label.

Benefits of being Social Traders certified:

  • Be recognised as a Social Traders certified social enterprise and assure business and government members of your social enterprise credentials.
  • Allows use of the trademarked ST certification logomark and marketing materials.
JOIN the Community
  • Share best practice and challenges with other social enterprise procurement leaders and stay abreast of current sector developments.
  • Allows access to social enterprise networks via our purpose-built social procurement portal, increasing opportunities for social enterprises to buy products and services from each other.
  • Receive regular #STcertified news sector insights, updates and event invitations.
CONNECT with customers
  • Gain access and exposure to our growing list of business and government members who work with us to increase their spend with social enterprises through your profile in the ST procurement portal.
  • Attend social procurement networking events.
  • Leverage our relationships with business and government organisations who are actively incorporating social enterprise into their supply chain.
  • Inclusion in social enterprise lists as requested by our business and government members.
HELP grow your business
  • The opportunity to scale and grow your business through access to a range of tailored services available for ST certified social enterprises (fees vary depending on extent of project).
  • Increase your enterprise’s capability and capacity to win and deliver on social procurement contracts of various sizes.

The certification logomark

When an enterprise is certified we provide them with access to a logomark that confirms this relationship.

By extending Social Traders brand equity to the trusted social enterprises we work with, this trademarked certification logo provides assurance to business and government buyer members that Social Traders has endorsed a business as a social enterprise.

Once certified, we provide social enterprises with access to the logomark and marketing guidelines.

Have a question? Take a look at our certification FAQs
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Our Standards

Our certification standards have been developed:

  • Based on extensive sector research
  • With independent financial and legal experts
  • With input from Australian social enterprises
  • With reference against progressive social enterprise sectors in Europe and North America
  • By leveraging 10 years of work with Australian social enterprises

How we assess

We assess social enterprises based on four pillars

Ensure that they meet the definition of a social enterprise


Social enterprises can provide various levels of evidence to verify they meet the criteria


Different levels of evidence allow flexibility in how social enterprises verify themselves as well as accommodating the various stages of a business


Different levels of evidence allow flexibility in how social enterprises verify themselves as well as accommodating the various stages of a business

What you’ll need to provide

All ST certified social enterprises must provide evidence they meet the criteria. The level of evidence required varies based on a number of factors including; company legal structure; years of trading; and enterprise motivations. Social Traders will also run a quick solvency assessment on your organisation.

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