OpenConcept Consulting Inc.


Ottawa, Ontario


About OpenConcept Consulting Inc.

OpenConcept believes that social change requires new forms of collaboration and effective use of the Internet. By working with open source software communities, OpenConcept is effecting change. By leveraging Drupal, they are delivering secure, accessible, responsive and interactive web sites for their clients. OpenConcept Consulting can deliver high caliber community engagement tools at an affordable price.

OpenConcept can plan, implement and support your web project while enhancing your brand and improving usability and user engagement. They have worked effectively with small NGOs, national unions and large government departments. OpenConcept focuses on keeping your site maintainable and we do not hack Core, which can make upgrades impossible. Working in Ottawa, they have considerable experience building fully multi-lingual websites. 

All of the programming done by OpenConcept is licensed under the GPL, the standard for free software. This allows users the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. By choosing to use and develop software under the GPL license, they are helping to foster advancement, efficiency and cooperation in the global online community. 

I formed OpenConcept back in 1999 because I saw an opportunity to create social change through starting my own business. I was excited to become part of the B Corp community when I first heard about it, because it is a community of companies working to make the world better. Even through the process of applying to become a B Corp, we have found ways to improve our processes and become a more responsible corporate citizen.

The Change We Seek®

The globe is facing unprecedented changes in practically all aspects of life. We do indeed live in interesting times. The Internet has the potential to be a disruptive force to challenge the status quo and help societies adapt to become sustainable. Much of the Internet has been built by a community that has seen the power of collaboration and dialog to help shape a better world. OpenConcept Consulting sees open source communities as a model for other communities to learn from to collaborate in working towards common goals.

OpenConcept realizes that most of the worthy challenges of our time are bigger than what any individual organization can manage in isolation. Whether it is regarding web accessibility or Internet security, the rate of change is too rapid for even large institutions to keep pace with. The challenge of building a social movement to support an equitable, just and sustainable future will require organizations learning to collaborate and communicate in a more effective way. Effective communications technology is an inevitable part of a sustainable future. 

In working with a global web platform OpenConcept aims to foster this collaboration between organizations that are working to build the future. They invest in lasting relationships with their clients, to provide support over the long term. They educate and guide their clients in using this technology to best meet their needs and the needs of their audiences. They encourage a work environment that gives their team opportunities for growth through working with inspiring organizations. OpenConcept relies on a committed team of talented developers to ensure that they can successfully play the long game.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

December 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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