The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.
We acknowledge our duty of care to our staff, customers, visitors, consultants, contractors and others with whom we engage in physical or digital environments. We have a responsibility to protect people, our information systems, and our physical and intellectual assets, including all information created and held within the British Council, against loss or compromise.*
We will implement security processes, procedures and systems in line with UK legislation, guidance and codes of practice where these offer enhanced standards of security. We will adapt security procedures and processes where country norms require it, to ensure that we address cultural, gender and equality issues sensitively.
The British Council aims to ensure that all staff and those who work with the British Council foster an attitude of good practice and co-operation in order to achieve appropriate standards of security for people, places, systems and data.
The British Council is committed to:
- maintaining good practice in relation to security
- monitoring and reviewing its security systems and processes to ensure their suitability, adequacy and effectiveness
- providing suitable and sufficient information, instruction, training and facilities to ensure all staff are aware of and equipped to carry out their security responsibilities competently, and in line with our standards, protocols and procedures
- ensuring that those contracted to the British Council are aware of and satisfactorily discharge their security roles and responsibilities.
We will provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy and will ensure it is communicated and understood.
The British Council will review this global policy statement annually to reflect new legal and regulatory developments and ensure good practice.
This global policy statement was approved by Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, in March 2018 and is due for review in March 2019.
*Our commitment to collecting and using information securely (including personal information) is set out in our global policy statement on information security and privacy.