Our purpose


Our purpose

Making a positive impact

Opencast is committed to making a positive impact on society. We embrace sustainability, have an active charitable giving programme, contribute to the growth of the wider technology community, strive towards an inclusive and diverse workforce, and are forces-friendly, too. And we help our clients tackle their own social objectives.

Working for a better society

How we make an impact

Opencast’s technology work makes a difference. Since 2020 we have been at the sharp end of the digital response to the Covid pandemic, helping government agencies to deliver new services and support to the public. Our 2021 'Lessons from the Storm' discussion paper set out five lessons for ‘govtech’ from the pandemic response. 

Our people share what they know with the wider community to help improve skills and industry knowledge. We’re active participants in developer communities and regular speakers at tech meetups. Opencast wants to promote next-generation problem solvers and back upskilling and apprenticeship initiatives. We run voluntary code clubs for young people and have STEM ambassadors. 


We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion, including supporting women and people from ethnic minorities in raising their profile inside and outside the organisation.  

Opencast is a signatory to the Tech Talent Charter and a member of the Stonewall diversity champions programme. We have our own inclusive change group focussing on removing barriers to people from all demographics across the business. 

Opencast is committed to supporting ex-forces personnel and their families. We are a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to the people who have served the nation through military service. The covenant helps members of the armed forces community have the same access to services and employment opportunities as anyone else.  

We support the Ministry of Defence’s career transition partnership and are a member of the employer recognition scheme that acknowledges businesses that provide exceptional support to the ex-forces community by going above and beyond their covenant pledges. 

We take corporate social responsibility seriously and have an active charitable giving programme. In 2021, we donated 2.5% of our profits through the Community Foundation to charities working in communities during the pandemic. Beneficiaries included a domestic abuse refuge, a food bank, a support centre for homeless people, an LGBTQ+ support service and a hygiene bank. Our people’s own environmental and social goals matter – and our payroll giving scheme allows them to make regular donations deducted straight from their salary before tax. And we match charity fundraising by individual staff members. Team members can also take off a day a year for community volunteering activity. 

Opencast is committed to more sustainable working and contributing to a greener, cleaner, fairer future. We fully support the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) and as a business can contribute to SDGs including on health, economy, climate, justice and equalities. 

We are working on culture change at Opencast by embedding sustainability as a key business goal. We foster and invest in innovation, working to design products and services that meet environmental requirements, as well as working with partners to integrate sustainability into our innovation pipeline.  

Read our carbon reduction plan.