Made Open becomes a Certified B Corporation®.

We are thrilled and proud to announce that Made Open is a Certified B Corporation®. This means we are a for-profit company that uses the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. It also means we meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

It’s been a long journey for us achieving Certified B Corp status. The process has helped us to look introspectively at all aspects of our business; what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and how we measure our performance in terms of our approach to governance, staff, customers, communities and the environment.

Our mission at Made Open is to create positive and sustainable social change using design and technology; however, proving it has (in the past) been difficult. Becoming B Corp has helped our team to refocus our core values, renew our business goals and develop a set of performance measures in line with a selection of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We now join over 2,500 Certified B Corporations from more than 130 industries and 60 countries with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. We’ve amended our governance so that, by law, we make decisions and implement practices that consider the impact on all our stakeholders – employees, customers, society and the environment.

The B Corp community works towards reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of high quality jobs with dignity and purpose.

Robert:

It was a no-brainer for Made Open to seek B-Corp™ Certification and we're really proud to join a global movement of like-minded businesses. In many ways our achievement is also a symbol of commitment from our clients who licence our community platform and use our services. Together we're all working hard to help communities find sustainable solutions to the issues that matter to them. So thank you everyone - team effort!

To learn more about Made Open’s verification as a Certified B Corporation®, please click here (about B-Corps) or here (B-Corp directory).


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Based on your answers, we think you are...

56% ready

for a Made Open platform.

If you are looking to unlock the potential of your community or network, we can help get this figure closer to 100%.

Your community type

Our platform is perfect for your community of place. We already support communities in towns, cities and regions across England, Wales and Australia. Few other platforms, if any, help people connect and exchange information, skills and resources as effectively as ours.

See how others do it: Torbay Together, Can Do Bristol, Our Monmouthshire.

Our platform is ideal for your community of practice. We already help a number of community and professional networks to engage staff, customers or associates around a specific objective or profession; helping them to connect and exchange skills, knowledge and resources.

See how others do it: Hexitime, Parents 1st, CS Together.

Our platform is perfectly suited to your community of purpose. We already help connected organisations to align their assets and resources around a clearly defined goal; providing a licensing model that lets partners jointly manage the platform to ensure it’s sustainable.

See how others do it: Launceston Together, Ask Cornwall, Hexitime.

Our platform can support a variety of communities or networks where there is a need for people to share information, ideas, skills, resources, projects and opportunities with each other. Made Open is completely flexible to suit the needs of your community.

See how others do it: Launceston Together, Ask Cornwall, Hexitime.

Your community size and needs

Our platform can support communities of any number but, as a community of potentially less than 500 members, you may want to reflect on whether investing in a bespoke platform will deliver enough value.

As a community of potentially up to 5,000 members, you may want to reflect on how best to activate your membership and derive value from a new platform. A partnership approach might help?

As a community of potentially 5,000+ members, you may want to reflect on whether your platform could be supported by other partners to share costs and aide growth.

However, since your community or network is fairly inactive, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Through user research, our service design team could help you explore how to build an active community.

Since your community or network is moderately active, we recognise that members may already be sharing information and helping each other in some way. We recommend reflecting on how your new platform could empower your members further towards a shared outcome or purpose.

Since your community or network is already very active, you are possibly already realising the benefits of a connected network. Our platform can extend the reach and help members transfer ideas, information and knowledge further.

However, since this is a new community, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Through user research, our service design team could help you explore how to build an active community.

However, since you’re unsure whether your community or network is active, we recommend spending some time understanding the needs and interests of your audience before licensing a new platform. Our service design team can help you think about the best ways to do this.

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Like you, many of our clients start with just a few features. That’s fine by us. You can add in other features as and when you and your community are ready.

Our community platform can support the range of features you have selected – helping your community connect and exchange in all the ways you have envisaged.

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  • You have a budget.
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  • You are ready to get started.
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  • You have the resources to manage a platform.
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  • You might have the resources to manage a platform.

Whatever your level of readiness, we’re more than happy to help you explore next steps for building a community platform.

Thank you for completing this survey and we hope it was useful. We will be in touch to see if we can help further.

Let's build a better community.

Regards, The Made Open team