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PwC Germany and OpenChain Announce Third Party Certification Case Study

By 2019-12-16News

OpenChain Project is delighted to announce a case study in collaboration with PwC Germany. It explains how PwC OpenChain certification works globally. Check it out to understand how our industry standard is supported by a range of providers and venders. 

“I am very happy to be working with the OpenChain project, as building trust is in our DNA at PwC, and the OpenChain project provides the right framework to foster trust in Open Source Software within companies and their supply chains.” says Marcel Scholze, Head of Open Source Software services at PwC Germany. “An attestation of companies’ OSS management systems reduces efforts and provides trust and confidence in the software development supply chain on both sides, buyers’ and vendors’. This is the way forward for companies using and developing software with OSS.”

“OpenChain is a project created by user companies for the benefit of user companies,” says Shane Coughlan, OpenChain General Manager. “Our collaboration with service providers like PwC Germany is based on feedback from the market. As the OpenChain industry standard becomes widely adopted we see a desire for support infrastructure to assist with conformance, health checks and process optimization. We are delighted to work with PwC on this topic.”

About PwC

The common purpose of PwC is to build trust in society and solve important problems. With a network of firms in 157 countries, more than 276,000 people are committed to providing high-value sector-specific services in the fields of Auditing, Tax- and Business Consulting.

For more details on PwC’s OSS services, please refer to

The brand name, PwC, refers to the PwC network and/ or to one or several of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Further details under

About the OpenChain Project

The OpenChain Project builds trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. The OpenChain Specification defines a core set of requirements every quality compliance program must satisfy. The OpenChain Curriculum provides the educational foundation for open source processes and solutions, whilst meeting a key requirement of the OpenChain Specification. OpenChain Conformance allows organizations to display their adherence to these requirements. The result is that open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for participants of the software supply chain.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

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Media Contacts

Marcel Scholze
+49 151 16157049

Shane Coughlan

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