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The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors. SAN holds regular meetings, events and an annual conference at venues around the UK, distributes a monthly SAN circular to its email network. The email network now consists of nearly 1400 contacts, mostly in the UK.

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SAN builds W+ Verifier Team

We are delighted to have strengthened our international team supporting women’s empowerment through the provision of verification services for WOCAN[1]’s W+ Standard, and welcome Sue Osborne, Janice McMahon and Barbara Toole O’Neill to our W+ verification team.

Sue is an experienced SAN Social Auditor and social enterprise leader based in the UK, whilst Janice and Barbara join us from the US based Aster Global bringing expertise in environmental consultancy, GHG validation and verification services.

SAN provides independent verification services for The W+ Standard that enables project developers and implementers to recognise the impact of their activities in terms of women’s empowerment and to channel funds directly to those woman as part of their overall commitment to sustainability. 

The W+ measures women’s empowerment in six domains: Time, Income & Assets, Health, Leadership, Education & Knowledge and Food Security.

It produces quantified women-benefit units that contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Financing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets.

As the application of the W+ Standard grows, the integral role women have in mitigating climate change becomes ever more clear.  Appreciating the importance of both issues, WOCAN is now working with Verra to streamline the assessment processes for both carbon benefit and women’s empowerment aspects of projects.

Here at SAN we are continuing to support this innovative approach and have been building capacity  internationally, hosting an online programme for W+  Verifiers from across the world, and look forward to welcoming new members to our W+ verification team in 2021.


For more information about W+ Verification please contact:  Social Audit Network (SAN)


For more information about W+ Standard please visit


[1] Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) is a women-led international membership network of women and men professionals and women's associations.



Stay safe and keep well

We understand that this is a worrying and uncertain time for everyone and so we would like to assure you that the Social Audit Network is, as always, here to support you in any way we can.

The SAN Directors – who are all leaders in their own charities, enterprises and communities – all wish you the very best at this difficult time. We have been looking at how we can still support you and have already moved some of our training workshops online.

SAN has started regular ‘virtual gatherings’ to allow anyone to log in and talk about social impact and social accounting and audit. Further information can be found at our events page (insert link


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SAN Annual Gathering 2019

posted August 29th, 2019

SAN is pleased to release details of the 2019 SAN Annual Gathering on Wednesday 16th October in Birmingham.

For venue, event and booking details click here

Read SAN's Latest Blog

posted March 13th, 2019


Read our latest blog …

‘I had been asked to talk at the Manchester National Social Value Conference about my work in Salford over the last 8 years and draw some conclusions and top tips for those who are new to ‘social value’. Looking back through the many documents and presentations that I have on this subject, there are some clear pointers towards success.’

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The Social Audit Network's Annual Gathering

posted July 20th, 2018

The 2018 SAN Annual Gathering took place on 17th October in Liverpool. For pictures, presentations, videos and further information about the event, click here


SAN is pleased to announce our new partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland

posted July 26th, 2018

Established more than 30 years ago, Community Enterprise Ltd first started operating as Community Enterprise Lothians in 1987. Originally funded by the Urban Regeneration Fund, CE Ltd worked in deprived areas of Edinburgh developing local businesses and supporting local people.

As the role of Social Enterprise in regenerating our communities has become more recognised and as Community Empowerment has become more widespread, so has the importance of delivering ‘hands-on’ development support to community organisations wishing to become more effective and more sustainable. This change in environment and need has also led to the evolution of Community Enterprise itself. From being an intermediary organisation operating in Edinburgh, signposting community organisations to possible assistance, we have now become the direct deliverer of that assistance and expertise and operate throughout Scotland on a broad range of projects. Community Enterprise Ltd is a social enterprise itself, currently earning the majority of its own income through its trading subsidiary but using grants to fund specific programmes.

Community Enterprise will take on the role of the SAN Regional Coordinator for Scotland from July 2018. Should you have any queries, please contact Victoria Pearce:

SAN Annual Review of 2017/18 now published

posted April 27th, 2018

In our aim to be transparent and accountable to our Members and stakeholders, SAN has published a short Annual Review of its activities in 2017/18.

This is now available for download here. 

SAN is Delighted to be the Independent Verification Body for the W+ Standard

posted April 3rd, 2018

The SAN Directors leading the W+ Standard verification work are Liz Allen and Lisa McMullan.  Both have over 15 years’ experience of social accounting and audit, as practitioners within their own organisations and supporting others to recognise their social value. They have supported a wide range of community-based organisations in the UK and internationally, including in Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa and Thailand.....

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SAN is deeply saddened to announce that one of our Directors, Bernadette Speight, has passed away. Our friend and colleague remained wonderful, kind, insightful, wise, brave, energetic, and kind throughout her illness. She will be fondly remembered for bringing calm and sense to our discussions; passion and inspiration to our training and events; and a deep dedication to co-operation.


Guide to SAA available

posted February 16th, 2017


The Guide to Social Accounting & Audit can now be ordered via the SAN office or your SAN Regional Co-ordinator. The Guide takes account of the growing experience of social accounting and audit in recent years and includes reference to the range of frameworks and methods developed to help organisations explain and account for their performance and impact. It is a “roadmap” to the social accounting and audit process and has been written for social enterprises, social economy organisations and voluntary sector organisations that wish to regularly account and report on their social, economic and environmental performance and impact. The Guide consists of a paper version with a companion CD and costs £40 each (inclusive of P&P to a UK address) or £30 each if ten or more copies are ordered (plus P&P)

Discounts are also now available when the Guide is purchased at any SAN event. The special price for Guides bought at any SAN Road Show, training or Conference is just £25.00.

New Guide to Social Accounting and Audit

Guide to Social Enterprise Planning

posted January 4th, 2017


CBS Network through their trading arm (JUST the Business) developed and wrote a Guide to Social Enterprise Planning. As CBS Network has been wound up, the Social Audit Network is now selling the Guide for £15 and making a contribution to the Social Enterprise Collection (archive) at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Guide, which only exists in electronic copy, combines the essential elements of business planning with the need for systems to track and account for social change.

For further details on purchasing this guide please contact We will then send this to you, along with the 6 annexes, electronically by email.

Case Studies

posted November 3rd, 2016

SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. The first case study is from St Leger Homes… 

St-Leger.jpgSt Leger was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005, following a consensus decision made by council house tenants at that time. They are responsible for the management of council homes, along with a portfolio of shopping parades, garage sites and land. They also manage the Housing Register on behalf of Doncaster Council and undertake other work as agreed and required by the Council, for example they have recently taken over the management of Gypsy & Traveller sites and continue to expand their private sector landlord service.

St Leger Homes are a limited, not-for-profit distributing company employing 720 people and are a living wage employer.

St Leger Homes’ first set of Social Accounts covered the period from April 2014 to March 2015. They have a strong vision and value base with clearly defined strategic objectives, and associated KPIs. The SAA process works with their existing reporting systems, focusing on social impact and activities that add value to their core business of providing quality housing for tenants and their families.

Four new case studies are now available to download from our web pages: 

They have been prepared to highlight new trends in social accounting practice and to examine in detail the benefits of social accounting. They also contain tips and advice from organisations at different stages in their social accounting journey and from differing backgrounds.'

John Pearce - Founder of SAN

posted December 18th, 2016

John PearceJohn Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise.

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Social Audit Network and the SROI Network

posted January 19th, 2016

Social Audit Network and the SROI Network now known as "Social Value UK" 
strengthen links through reciprocal membership

Colleagues from the Social Audit Network (SAN) and the SROI Network (now known as Social Value UK) recently met to discuss joint interests and potential areas for closer working. Now formally members of each other’s organisations, one area of discussion was the increasing need for independent assurance of social accounts and SROI reports. If social value reporting is to be credible in the medium and long term, there needs to be independent verification or audit for meaningful inclusion in tender evaluation.

Jeremy Nicholls, CEO of the SROI Network and SIAA, now known as "Social Value International", said 'we're delighted to be working more closely together with SAN. Our organisations have a number of shared values and aims, and we hope that this reciprocal membership will lead to a more united front to work towards more accounting for social and environmental impact and value.'

Lisa McMullan, Chair of the SAN Board, said 'With the increased interest which we have seen since the Social Value Act, we hope that by working more closely together, SAN and Social Value UK can help organisations in the social economy decide how best to measure their social impact’

Jeremy Nicholls will also be presenting a workshop on SROI at this year’s SAN Annual Gathering, which will be held in partnership with Salford University’s Business School, at their Media City Campus, on Friday 17th April 2015. For more information, see the article above.

SAN and SIAA, now known as Social Value International, are also hoping to be able to put their global networks in touch with each other across the world.

SAN and the SROI Network had previously released a joint statement which described the similarities and differences in the two frameworks, available to download here.

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