The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. Working in partnership with other organisations is integral to delivering the benefit, extending the reach and increasing the impact of what we do.

Our partnerships should always reflect our values and be in line with our charitable objects.

When working with partners, we will do so in accordance with our legal obligations under European and UK competition law and UK charity law.

When selecting partners, we also consider the benefits and disadvantages of each partnership opportunity, including an assessment of any financial, legal and reputational risks.


The British Council is committed to ensuring that our partnerships:

• support the charitable objectives of the British Council

• align the British Council with organisations that are consistent with its values, reputation and brand

• are open and transparent, with written agreements in place

• respect appropriate use of the partners’ and the British Council’s intellectual property rights

• comply with applicable external legal frameworks

• are coherent and consistent with other British Council global policy statements including the Fair Competition policy statement.


In line with the principles above, the British Council does not partner with or accept sponsorship from any business in either the tobacco or the pornography sector, as these sectors do not align with its values, reputation and brand.

We seek to partner with a range of other sectors that do align with our values, reputation and brand. Specific decisions on entering into any partnership will depend on the reputation and practices of the individual organisation involved, and on the partnership making a significant contribution to the charitable objectives of the British Council.

We will provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy and will ensure it is communicated and understood. We will apply this policy in a timely and professional manner with all potential partners.

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 February 2016 and is due for review in February 2017.