Earlier this month The Growth Company was awarded the Gold Social Enterprise Mark, showing that we demonstrate best practices across several key business areas that are central to social enterprise excellence - such as governance, stakeholder engagement, business ethics, financial transparency and social impact.
Our assessment for the Gold Mark award involved submitting a range of evidence that outlined how we met set criteria, including independently-conducted interviews with some of our Board members and responses collated from staff surveys.
This prestigious accolade follows our first assessment to be accredited as a social enterprise through the Social Enterprise Mark, which took place in August 2021. While this initial accreditation acknowledged that we put people and the planet above stakeholder gain, we wanted to go one step further to cement our reputation and credibility as a best-in-class social enterprise.
The feedback we received in our accreditation report praised the business for ‘practising what it preaches’ and for having ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of its service delivery.'
If you would like to find out more about the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Standard and what it means, you can do so here.