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Opencast becomes a certified B Corporation

Opencast has announced its certification as a B Corporation (or B Corp), joining a growing movement of companies that are reinventing business for the benefit of all people and our shared planet.

Verified by B Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B Corp movement, the achievement demonstrates that Opencast meets high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability alongside a commitment to goals beyond shareholder value.

The news comes as the ongoing climate crisis and widening social inequality continue to pose urgent challenges to our economy. B Corp Certification assesses the entirety of a business’s operations and covers five main impact areas: Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers.

The certification process is rigorous, with companies required to reach a score of 80 points in the B Impact Assessment while providing evidence of responsible practices relating to energy supplies, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. A business must also legally embed their commitment to purpose as well as profit in their company articles.

Opencast is now part of a growing community of more than 8,000 businesses globally that have certified as B Corps. The B Corp community in the UK is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world, with more than 1,700 companies spanning a range of different industries and sizes. Names include The Guardian, Innocent Drinks, Patagonia, Tony’s Chocolonely, The Big Issue, Finisterre, Elemis and Sipsmith Gin.

Opencast is also part of the Better Business Act — a coalition made up of over 2,000 businesses campaigning for a change to the law that would see all companies in the UK align their long-term interests with those of wider society and the environment.

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Opencast's team is nearly 500 strong

Profit alone no longer enough

Chris Turner, Executive Director of B Lab UK, said: “We are pleased to have B Corps of all shapes and sizes as part of our community — from startups to multinationals and across many different industries. Business is a powerful force and B Corps demonstrate that positive impact is possible in any sector.

“Welcoming Opencast is also an exciting moment for the tech sector. B Lab UK and the rest of the B Corp community are really pleased that Opencast is paving the way for a new way of doing things.”

Opencast Chief Executive Tom Lawson said: “Being a certified B Corp formalises our social goals as key business objectives. In a world with huge environmental and social challenges, working simply to maximise shareholder profit is no longer enough.

“B Corp certification is confirmation that Opencast is a force for social change, with priorities such as sustainability, supply chain excellence, people engagement and inclusion, and third sector partnerships. Achieving B Corp accreditation now is a significant milestone on our journey, but it is not the final destination. We know that we will need to re-certify as a B Corp every three years, looking for a higher accreditation score.”

Opencast is an independent and privately owned full-service UK technology consultancy specialising in designing, building and running user-centred digital and technology solutions.

Bringing together expertise in digital human experience, technology optimised operations, innovation and emerging technology and data driven insights Opencast works with UK public sector bodies, healthcare organisations and businesses to develop services that include support for critical national infrastructure and help for millions of citizens.

Read more about Opencast’s B Corp accreditation including its score.

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Tom Lawson: "B Corp certification is confirmation that Opencast is a force for social change"

About B Lab and B Corp

About B Lab

B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, tools, and programs for business, and we certify companies — known as B Corps — who are leading the way. To date, our community includes 730,000 workers in over 8,000 B Corps across 95 countries and 162 industries. More than 280,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager. B Lab has created and led efforts to pass over 50 corporate statutes globally that enable stakeholder governance, with over 10,000 companies using the legal framework. To learn more and join the movement, visit

About B Lab UK

As part of this global non-profit network, B Lab UK’s purpose is to redefine success in business through building a community of engaged businesses, raising awareness of the B Corp movement and influencing change in the UK economy. Find out more.

About B Corp Certification

B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service, it assesses the overall social and environmental impact of the company that stands behind it. To achieve B Corp Certification, a company must meet a score of at least 80 points on the B Impact Assessment, an evaluation of a company’s positive impact, and pass a risk review, an evaluation of a company’s negative impact; change their corporate governance structure to be accountable to all stakeholders, not just shareholders; and exhibit transparency by allowing information about their B Corp Certification performance to be publicly available on their B Corp profile on B Lab’s website. B Corps recertify every three years and once certified, are expected to increase their score over time as they progress towards becoming more equitable, inclusive and regenerative businesses.

Achieving B Corp accreditation now is a significant milestone on our journey, but it is not the final destination. We know that we will need to re-certify as a B Corp every three years, looking for a higher accreditation score

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