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Social Enterprise Mark: Trading for people and planet

More than ever before, graduates are reporting that they need to believe the work they are doing has a social purpose. Our students seek employment and lifestyles that enable them to contribute to the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of their communities, society and the world around them. They see their degree not simply as a route to a career but as an enabler to help them make a difference in the wider community.

The Social Enterprise Mark CIC is the UK and international certification authority that safeguards social enterprise credentials. Only organisations that can prove they put people and planet before shareholder profit are awarded a license to display the Social Enterprise Mark. As the number one university in the UK for social mobility, we are proud to be recognised for our commitment to helping local communities and the broader south west peninsula to thrive and prosper.

The Social Enterprise Mark helps us to communicate this commitment to students, potential applicants, partners and the wider business community and sets us apart as a values-based, socially conscious university.

The University has become one of only four universities in the UK to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark, indicating that it is a social enterprise supporting the community, the environment and with good social purpose.

Our accreditation with the Social Enterprise Mark recognises that we put ethics, civic engagement, social and environmental justice and sustainable economic development at the heart of the student experience. We show our students how we apply in practice the values and knowledge that we teach and how they too can be part of a social enterprise culture.

Sarah Stevenson, Manager of Marjon Enterprise Hub said: “Supporting social enterprise is of great importance to us here at Marjon.  More than ever, students are reporting that they need to believe the work they are doing has a social purpose. Our students seek employment and lifestyles that enable them to contribute to the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of their communities, society and the world around them and we help them to achieve their ambitions. We are proud to be recognised as a social enterprise ourselves and hold the Social Enterprise Mark”.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MARK 2018