The DPC's Commercial Supporter Programme is designed to facilitate better and more meaningful communication between members and solution providers on ‘neutral’ ground, and in a way that all parties work more closely, effectively and harmoniously.
The DPC’s Board recognises the need for an environment where Supporters and members can collaborate and learn from each other. Vendors and solution providers already contribute much needed commercial perspectives into the DPC’s discussions on an ad hoc basis, and Supporter status will provide further insight into the requirements of our members.
Costs and Benefits of Supporter Status
Supporters are asked to commit to three years’ sponsorship but may pay annually. Organisations taking up this status within the first 12 months will be eligible for an Introductory Offer as follows:
Commercial Supporters will be:
*In order to enable organisations of all sizes and types to engage with the DPC, we will be introducing a tiered rate for commercial supporters after August 2017.
Funds raised by Commercial Support will be used in first instance to support grants to members for training and staff development as well as the Annual Student conference, to subsidise training workshops or to sponsor DPC membership for charities and not-for-profits.
Any commercial organisation may apply for Supporter status. Applications for Supporter status will be assessed on individual merits and will be subject to review by the DPC Board, drawn from its members.
Conditions of Support
Supporters are asked to abide by the following values and principles in their dealings with the DPC and its members.
- Not claim their relationship with the DPC represents any kind of endorsement
- Not abuse attendance of events for commercial gain
- Recognise the need for DPC members to discuss and debate in confidence without commercial influence
- Respect that DPC governance, planning, budgeting or editorial processes is reserved for Full and Associate Members, except by invitation
Supporters breaching these principles may have their status withdrawn with no refund of fees provided.
Application for Supporter Status
To apply send a completed Application Form to the DPC Business Manager for assessment and approval by the DPC Board. Upon approval by the Board, the DPC will issue the relevant documentation and materials for completion.
Commercial Supporter status is subject to ongoing assessment by the DPC Board, and a review every 12 months.