Pursuant to the Law on Enterprises of Social and Solidarity Economy (LPISI), the creation, registration and maintenance of a distinctive certification mark for social enterprises is envisaged. The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP), in collaboration with the National Academy of Art Sofia, held a competition among the Academy students for the design of a distinctive sign for the "Social enterprise product" certification mark. Among the submitted project proposals, the first was Mr Ivaylo Todorov's proposal, whth whom a contract for given to the MLSP the exclusive right to use the graphic sign was concluded.
On December 18, 2018 the MLSP opened a procedure for registration of the certification mark at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Social Enterprise Product Certification Mark was approved and on July 24, 2019 MLSP received a patent patent certificate under Reg. 106182 for classes 35, 36, 41 and 45.
The purpose of the certification mark is to raise the awareness of the stakeholders about the nature, functioning of the social economy and the development of an active supportive environment for the subjects of the social economy. The social enterprise receives a certification mark free of charge after being entered in the Register of social enterprises in order to distinguish the products and services of the social enterprise in the market.