SE Code

Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland

In 2002, the UK Govt published an ‘official’ definition of social enterprise (SE) which was also adopted in Scotland. The ensuing 10 years has seen a dramatic rise in the popularity of SE – but the government definition was never invested with sufficient authority to be effective. Its meaning became increasingly diluted.

In response the Scottish SE community has set down the values and behaviours by which we recognise each other. We refer to this document as a voluntary code of practice – or simply the Code. The Code recognises five Basic Criteria for social enterprise – and in a short Appendix identifies some less ‘defined’ Values/Behaviours/Influences familiar to our movement.

In an attempt to bring clarity to the wider social movement beyond social enterprises, the SE Code Steering Group has produced the following chart.

Social Enterprise Chart


Please visit the SE Code website for more details and subscribe to the Code.