The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Working in partnership with other organisations is integral to delivering the benefit, extending the reach and increasing the impact of what we do.

We seek to work with partners who are aligned with our values, reputation, brand and charitable objectives.

When selecting partners, we consider both the benefits and disbenefits of each partnership opportunity. This includes an assessment of any financial, legal and reputational risks. 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.

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

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 of the British Council’s intellectual property rights
  • comply with relevant external legal frameworks
  • are coherent and consistent with other British Council global policy statements including the Fair Competition 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.

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 2017 and is due for review in February 2018.