WORLD PARKINSON CONGRESS INC.
POLICY ON CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS
Parkinson Congress Inc., a Delaware non-stock nonprofit corporation (WPC),
enjoys diverse productive relationships with corporations including those in
the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Their products and services
can help people with Parkinson’s and advance the science to help find the cause
and cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Their philanthropy can help WPC advance its mission of hosting a world
conference offering education on Parkinson’s research and progress to health
professionals, researchers, people with PD, caregivers, and others.
and other reasons, the WPC welcomes strong, creative and productive
relationships with corporations and other entities. At the same time, WPC
recognizes that maintaining the highest level of trust with its main
communities – researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, patients,
and caregivers – requires that WPC should promulgate and should adhere to the
highest standards of integrity and independence in its corporate relationships.
in any and all relationships that the WPC maintains with pharmaceutical,
biotechnology and other corporations, it will adhere to the following
Ultimate Control by World Parkinson Coalition
order to assure fidelity to its charitable purposes, WPC will always reserve to
itself total control and final decision-making over all programs, products, and
activities that are commissioned under its name, and will accept no conditions
from corporate or other sponsors on the nature or content of these programs, products
No Endorsements of Products or Services
WPC shall never publicly endorse a commercial product or service, nor shall it
permit its name or logo to be included in the corporate advertising or
marketing of a commercial product, whether or not the sponsor has any financial
or other relationship with WPC.
No Licenses of Names – Control over Use
WPC will not license its name, brand or logo to any sponsor and shall always
reserve the right to review and approve the manner in which a sponsor plans to
refer, in its own public relations and marketing activities, to the WPC name,
brand or logo.
Quality and Integrity Essential to
will not solicit or accept financial or other support from a company whose
reputation, products or marketing strategies violate WPC's own standards of
quality, integrity and social vision.
Avoidance of Conflicts of Interests
WPC shall continuously monitor the relationships that may exist between
corporations and its own staff and Board members to ensure that none of these
present conflicts of interest, whether real or apparent, with sponsors or other
Disclosure of Financial Support
In any and all cases in which the WPC receives financial support from a
commercial sponsor, the nature of this support shall be thoroughly and
The WPC expects to recognize corporate financial support and sponsorship in
appropriate ways. This can take such forms as giving public credit to the donor
for an "unrestricted educational grant,” and, in some cases (e.g., the Congress
marketing material and onsite program) providing recognition pages.
Fair Treatment of Corporate Sponsors
In its dealings with potential or existing corporate sponsors, the WPC shall
ensure that all are treated fairly and equitably.
Above all, the WPC will always strive
to avoid entering into any relationship with a corporation that would in any
way suggest that its commitment to health professionals, researchers, patients,
and families – its primary communities – can be traded for financial support or
other favors from supporters.
policy was adopted by the Board of Directors of the World Parkinson Coalition Inc.
on October 16, 2008.