Guidance for implementing ethical fundraising policy
Staff at Mind and local Minds may not accept sponsorship or donations from pharmaceutical companies for their own events. Staff may attend conferences, seminars or other events run by other organisations that are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies provided they do not directly benefit financially from such attendance. This would prohibit the acceptance of fees and expenses to participate in such events.
Mind staff will not normally speak at events sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. However, the Chief Executive will review specific requests and may give dispensation to speak.
The definition of pharmaceutical manufacturers does not extend to retailers such as chemists who predominantly manufacture own brand over the counter medication, unless they are significant manufacturers of pharmaceuticals associated with the treatment of mental health problems.
Companies who produce alternative remedies, e.g. St John's Wort, vitamins, etc, are also excluded from this policy.
Individuals who work for a pharmaceutical company will not be excluded from donating or taking part in Mind events as this would result in unfairly penalising individuals on the basis of where they work. However, they will be precluded from entering into match funding arrangements with their organisation, as Mind will not accept match-funds from pharmaceutical manufacturers.