Community Energy Plus – Cornwall’s leading charity which has delivered local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy for more than a decade, has become the first organisation working in the sustainable energy sector in the South West to gain the ethical Social Enterprise Mark.
The Social Enterprise Mark, which is administered by a joint venture set up between the Social Enterprise Coalition – the national body for social enterprise, and RISE – the social enterprise regional network for the South West, aims to raise awareness of what social enterprises do in order to get more people to buy from, engage with, start up and work for social enterprises.
The Mark is awarded to businesses that meet specific criteria which demonstrate they are working toward social or environmental goals, and in which at least 50 per cent of profits are reinvested towards these goals.
Ian Smith, Managing Director of Community Energy Plus said: “The Social Enterprise Mark is a fantastic way of communicating our ethics and values to a wide range of audiences and we’re delighted to be leading the way within the South West’s flourishing sustainable energy sector by becoming the first organisation to gain the Mark.”
Anne Mountjoy, Head of Marketing and Communications for RISE, said: “The Social Enterprise Mark was launched in February 2010 and already has more than 100 Mark holders, seven of which are in Cornwall, and organisations like Community Energy Plus are playing an important role as early accreditation holders by helping us to build the momentum of the Mark and raise awareness of the valuable role that social enterprises perform in our society.”