Application Process


Please register your interest in applying for SEE Mark, we will then be in touch within 2 working days to start your application. 

The assessment takes about 3-4 months, subject to any hiccup of each application.

Categories of Eligibility

Social Mission Years of Operation / Full-time Equivalents (FTEs)* Financial Requirement
Incubating Plans to operate in next 12 months with business plan/forecast completed OR operated for less than 2 years X
Start-up / Small Scale Operates for less than 3 years OR Less than 5 Full-time Equivalents X
Intermediate Operates for 3 or more years OR More than 10 Full-time Equivalents At least 50% of income generated from business; AND not less than 65% of its distributed profit are reinvested in the business for the social purpose
Advanced Operates for 5 or more years
Applicant may fulfil the basic requirement of more than one categories. You have the right to choose any category and HKGCSE is ready to give opinions if necessary. *One employee working full-time is equivalent to 1 FTE. For part-time staff, the FTEs are calculated by adding together the total number of hours worked per week by all the part-time employees and dividing this figure by the number of hours a full-time employee would normally work per week. You then add the total number of full-time staff and the FTEs for part-time staff together to calculate your overall FTE figure. The number of working hours of full-time and part-time employees can vary widely from organisation to another (e.g., may range from 18 to 44 hours of work per week, 52 weeks per year). Please use your own organisation’s number of hours for calculating full-time equivalent employees.
No. of employee 5 full-time 20 part-time Full time FTEs = 5 Part time FTEs = 100/44 = 2.27Total number of FTEs = 5 + 2.27 = 7.27
Total no. of working hour per week 44 hours / person 100 hours in total (e.g. 20 x 5 hours each per week)

Assessment Criteria and Outline

Part A: Organization Profile
  1. General Information
  2. Output-outcome mapping
  3. Resources input
  4. Challenge and opportunity
Part B: Operational Policies and Processes
  1. Business Strategy & Execution
  2. HR Policies and practices
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Customer Satisfaction
  5. Ethical Consumption and Social Values Education and Communication
  6. Financial Management
  7. Government and Leadership
Summary of assessment areas for each category
Part A Part B
Organization Profile Business Strategies & Execution HR Policies and Practices Community Engagement Customer Satisfaction Ethical Consumption & Social Values Education and Communication Finance Management Governance and Leadership
Incubating × × × × × × ×
A business plan is required; Assessment on voluntary basis to gain feedback
Start-up / Small Scale
Explanation on compliance and non-compliance
Intermediate
Support documents/description of required policies; Explanation on compliance and non-compliance
Advanced
Able to demonstrate good practices in all areas with supporting documents

SEE Mark Application Fee & Validation Period :

Category

Discounted Fee

(2018-2019)

Validation periodAnnual Update
IncubatingHK$1,5002 yearHK$300
Start-up / Small ScaleHK$1,5003 yearsHK$300
IntermediateHK$3,0003 yearsHK$600
AdvancedHK$3,0003 yearsHK$600

Remarks:
1.Applicable for SE/SE Project with different number of outlets under same brand and service nature.
2. Maximum of 5 outlets for the same Social Enterprise/Social Enterprise Project are allowed for each application, then $1000 for every extra 5 SE/Social Enterprise Project on top of the particular application.
3. Discount period starts from Dec 2018 to Dec 2019, HKGCSE reserves the right for final decision.

Annual Update cycle: every 12 months after the SEE Mark takes effect
Regardless of any update is needed, the accredited social enterprise must return the signed form and fee to the SEE Mark Specialist Team (Specialist Team) of Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises (“HKGCSE”). Otherwise, the “SEE Mark” of that social enterprise will be invalid automatically, and it should no longer use the SEE Mark.