Cardiff Met SU become first Students’ Union to be accredited with the social enterprise mark.
Your SU has been accredited with the Social Enterprise Mark; this means we are part of a diverse international network of accredited social enterprises. We are the first Students’ Union to receive this mark and it is thanks to our fantastic SU team and yourselves that we have met this benchmark.
We have been externally assessed against stringent sector-agreed criteria and have proven that our pledge to pour every penny spent at SU venues back into our students and society is being met and exceeded. The Social Enterprise Mark is the only accreditation for social enterprise that is internationally available. It is an independent guarantee that we put the interests of people, planet & community first. Some of the many programmes that attributed to our accreditation include:
- The assessment recognised the training and personal development opportunities for our students through their involvement in the Unions Clubs and Societies and in particular the Cardiff Met Award.
- Our Volunteering departments ongoing work with organisations like Environmental Champions, New Link Wales and the Police Youth Volunteer Service to provide our students fantastic opportunities to contribute to the societal and environmental challenges of today.
- Supporting the work of some of our fantastic societies such as STAR, who frequently undertake social projects to provide structural and living aid to refugees.
Will Fuller, the SU president is delighted with the result and issued the following statement “It is a fantastic achievement to be the very first Student Union to gain The Social Enterprise Mark. The Mark is independently assessed and demonstrates our commitment to utilising all of our funds to the benefit of our members. The Students’ Union is fundamentally set up to deliver in this way so it is great to be recognised for the work we do, our societies, clubs and community engagement being some of the examples highlighted in the report. This achievement puts us in a great place to continue the delivery of a Union that cares and gives back to its members”.
We will strive to push our positive social impact even further following on from this recognition and we thank the Enterprise Mark CIC, as the only international benchmark for principles like ours, in recognising our work.