As a charity, Women’s Health Concern receives no government funding. Sponsorship and support – both from the pharmaceutical industry and the wider business community – can play a part in allowing us to develop and expand our work.

Sponsorship packages can be tailored to match both the requirements of the sponsor and those of the charity to ensure mutually agreed objectives and outcomes.

Women’s Health Concern has a strict Advertising policy.

WHC sponsorship policy

1. Introduction

Women’s Health Concern is a charity that aims to provide support and advice to women on a wide range of womens health problems.

Women’s Health Concern believes that its goals can be more effectively achieved if it works collaboratively and in partnership with a wide range of other organisations in the public, voluntary and private sectors. Women’s Health Concern has relied – and still depends – heavily on corporate support in particular for a significant proportion of its core and project costs. It is essential, therefore, that Women’s Health Concern establishes a strict, clear and transparent policy for collaboration and partnership. Such a policy will benefit both Women’s Health Concern and other organisations by ensuring that Women’s Health Concern remains independent and autonomous and that there can be no actual or perceived improper influence on its work.

This policy also aims to enable Women’s Health Concern’s staff to operate without the need for constant reference to the trustees. Trustees and staff are expected to adhere to this policy.

This policy has been drawn up with reference to the Long-Term Medical Conditions Alliance’s policy document and working with the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Charity Commission’s report Charities and Commercial Partners and the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries Code of Conduct 2006. The board of trustees reviews sponsorship policy quarterly.

2. Women’s Health Concern’s values

Women’s Health Concern is committed to:

  • Providing support and advice to women on a wide range of gynaecological and sexual health problems.
  • Educating and updating healthcare providers on a wide range of gynaecological and sexual health problems.
  • Becoming an equal opportunities organisation in terms of both its operations as an employer and all its external activities.
  • Collaborating wherever possible with other organisations and individuals who broadly share its goals and values.
  • Acting transparently and honestly at all times.
  • Preserving its autonomy and independence.
  • Complying at all times with current company and charity law in England and Wales as well as any other relevant statutory obligations.

3. Working with other organisations

Women’s Health Concern:

  • Believes it is vitally important to maintain and develop co-operative relationships with other organisations, including those that develop, manufacture and market medicines and other treatments.
  • Recognises that other organisations have different aims and objectives – often including the need to be profitable – and will have their own particular marketing agendas. However, Women