The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) welcomes corporate donations, grants and sponsorship to fund certain projects and to enable the Coalition to grow and develop.
This document outlines GLCC’s policy on commercial funding (including the pharmaceutical industry) and provides a set of principles that will be used to guide GLCC’s decisions. It does not set out to provide a definition of every possible funding opportunity. This policy will apply to all potential relations with any company from any industry.
This policy is based on the UK Breast Cancer Coalition’s Policy Paper on Funding Arrangements with Commercial/Corporate Organisations, EURORDIS’s policy on corporate sponsorship, the European Cancer Patient Coalition’s policy and the recommendations of the UK’s Long Term Medical Conditions Alliance.
Purpose of Policy
- To ensure that GLCC has a consistent and transparent approach to working with commercial companies
- To ensure the Coalition maintains its independence from commercial influences
- To clarify GLCC’s position to its member organisations, commercial companies and the wider public
- To provide clear direction for the Coalition’s Steering Group Members, enabling them to instigate relations with commercial companies with the full backing of the Coalition, but without the constant need for approval from all of its members
GLCC’s Steering Group Members are expected to adhere to the policy that may be revised over time as circumstances demand.
There are four different funding categories, including:
Project funding is where the Coalition will establish a collaborative partnership with a commercial company to undertake a project relating to an issue of mutual interest. The following features will apply to this relationship:
- GLCC maintains editorial control over all materials produced in connection with the project
- The company will have representation on the project steering committee
- The sponsor’s logo is used
- GLCC will not endorse or promote individual products or services
- The wording and/or position of the credit will be agreed in negotiations with the company
- GLCC and the commercial partners will both benefit from the relationship
Sponsorship is where a company funds a single activity such as a meeting or newsletter. In this case the following will apply:
- The company has no involvement in the activity for which the sponsorship is granted
- GLCC maintains editorial control over all materials or meeting programmes
- GLCC will not endorse or promote the sponsor’s products or services
- The sponsor’s logo is used
- The wording and/or position of the credit are part of the sponsorship negotiations with the company
- GLCC and the commercial partners will both benefit from the relationship.
Unrestricted grants are defined where all of the following apply:
- The company has no involvement in the project for which the grant is used
- The grant will be acknowledged
- The company’s logo is not used
- The Coalition controls the wording and position of the credit
Companies may offer financial donations and in-kind support to the Coalition however there is no obligation on the part of the Coalition to acknowledge the support, although GLCC may decide to do so.