Guidelines for corporate partners

General Principles

In general, we apply the following conditions to each of our corporate partnerships:

  • Participation in a specific corporate arrangement does not in any way imply Mind's approval or endorsement of any corporate policies, nor does it imply that Mind will advocate on behalf of any corporate entity
  • Mind's name is not used in a manner that would express or imply Mind's endorsement of the corporation or its policies
  • Mind retains equal editorial control over any information produced as part of a corporate arrangement in which Mind is quoted, or our logo displayed.  In such cases, all materials in print, broadcast, or electronic media prepared by the corporate partner must be submitted to Mind for approval in writing prior to release, unless it conforms to a pre-agreed form of  wording (as specified in corporate agreement)
  • For all partnerships, where any income exchanged is contingent on fulfilling specific conditions/ benefits (such as use of Mind’s logo), a commercial participator agreement or memorandum of understanding will be drawn up. Use of Mind’s logo may incur a fee.
  • An up-front payment is not required to secure a partnership.

Where appropriate, Mind will provide recognition of corporate support in a communications plan agreed between both parties, and Mind's key corporate partners will be disclosed in financial reporting.

Areas of potential concern

Mind will not accept support that could compromise who we are and what we do - or undermine our effectiveness in achieving our goals.  Mind’s corporate partnerships team follow a due diligence process, to ensure any potential relationship is in accordance with our ethical policy and principles.  Where there is a potential concern area, the opportunity will be escalated to Mind’s Ethical Committee for a final decision.

Circumstances where there may be legitimate concern include - but are not limited to:

  • Companies that receive the majority of their funding from pharmaceutical companies  
  • Companies that are known to discriminate against people with experience of mental health problems
  • Companies that promote gambling or risky behavior around money
  • Tobacco companies
  • Alcohol companies
  • Weapons manufacturing companies
  • Weight loss/dieting companies
  • Short-term loan providers/ pay day lenders

Opportunities to work with companies from the above list will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and a decision to pursue/ not pursue will be reached on balance of the nature of the proposed relationship and what is in the best interest of our organisation and beneficiaries.

Mind's full ethical fundraising and investment policy

Mind’s ethical fundraising and investment policy states that we will not accept donations from or hold shares in companies manufacturing pharmaceuticals, lest this should compromise our position on the uses of medication. This policy and any future policy decision of this kind will be considered only after full consultation with Mind's key stakeholders.

We are committed to retaining our independent stance in relation to the use of medication so that we can continue providing a voice for people with experience of mental health problems. This policy is also binding on all local Minds, as provided for in their affiliation agreement.

How we implement our 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.

Mind wants their mental health training and support to be available to and benefit everyone, regardless of their employer or industry.  Mind’s mental health training and consultancy and Workplace Wellbeing Index, is available to companies manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

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