Corporate Sponsorship Policy

Community Information Support Services. 

Introduction

Community Information Support Services is committed to ensuring that its corporate sponsorship relationships and financial arrangements are handled with integrity and carried out in a well-supported manner. Corporate sponsorship is sought and used by Community Information Support Services to obtain additional resources with which to support specific services, projects, events, activities and programs, including the ongoing development and maintenance of The Platform and the Community In formation Exchange. The Platform refers to My Community Directory, My Community Diary and all associated websites and applications that provide data from the secure Community Information Exchange database.


Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline the criteria by which each corporate sponsorship opportunity is assessed and to provide further information and guidelines for interested parties. This policy also outlines the rights and responsibilities of a corporate partner in relation to its sponsorship commitment entered into with Community Information Support Services.


Policy

Community Information Support Services aims to work in partnership with companies and brands that are aligned with and support the mission of Community Information Support Services’s to provide all Australians with access to the information they need to improve the health and wellness of their communities on a local, regional and national level.

  • Community Information Support Services enters into sponsorships and corporate partnerships to deliver programs, services and activities that will engage relevant stakeholders and contribute to improved outcomes in local communities across Australia.
  • Community Information Support Services is open to partnerships with companies and brands from relevant sectors that align with the core values of Community Information Support and seek partnership activities that both serve our objectives and deliver our mission.
  • Community Information Support Services partners with companies and brands that demonstrate a sincere commitment to supporting better health and social outcomes in their operations and business practices and who can demonstrate that they are willing to work together in the best interest of the community.
  • Community Information Support Services conducts a formal review of each corporate partnership at least annually and more frequently if needed.  This opportunity for 360 degree review assesses the measured achievement against the agreed goals for the partnership, outlined within individual sponsorship contracts.  
  • Community Information Support Services communicates openly and transparently about all its corporate relationships and all activities undertaken in collaboration with sponsors and corporate partners.
  • Where the terms of a corporate partnership is an exclusive arrangement Community Information Support Services will refrain from entering into any similar arrangement with any direct competitor to the corporate partner. 
  • This policy is intended to provide general guidance and the Community Information Support Services Board reserves the right to amend this policy without public notification at any time.

Definition of Corporate Sponsorship

A financial and/or in-kind contribution to Community Information Support Services by a strategically aligned company or brand (either for-profit or not-for-profit) which supports activities, services and/or programs, including but not limited to education, research, advocacy, or awareness of Community Information Support Services stated mission.  


In exchange for this financial and/or in-kind contribution, Community Information Support Services offers the opportunity for sponsors and corporate partners to access our members and key stakeholders through relevant and agreed communication channels.  All sponsorship benefits are tailored according to each sponsor and confidentially detailed within individual contracts.


Corporate Sponsorship Policy

  • Community Information Support Services does not endorse any particular product, service, or idea.  Any corporate sponsorship statement, product or agreement implying an endorsement by Community Information Support Services will not be accepted.  Should a company wish to obtain endorsement status, an Endorsement policy and application pack will need to be obtained.
  • Corporate sponsorship must be seen as relevant and a value-added experience to Community Information Support Services’s members, key stakeholders, and users of The Platform.  The acceptance of a proposal from potential sponsors to collaborate is at the explicit discretion of the Executive Director and Board.
  • Community Information Support Services reserves the right to reject any corporate sponsorship deemed inappropriate to the mission and/or core values of Community Information Support Services.  Examples of industries where partnerships will not be considered are:
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco products
    • Firearms/weapons
    • Legal services (including malpractice)
    • Pornography
    • Gambling/lottery


  • Community Information Support Services retains full editorial rights and control over any information produced or content to be seen by our members and users of The Platform as part of any corporate sponsorship agreement.  All intellectual property remains the sole property of Community Information Support Services. In every case, all materials, in all formats and media, prepared by the corporate partner must be submitted to Community Information Support Services for written approval prior to release and distribution.

Responsibilities of Community Information Support Services to the Corporate Sponsor 

When a corporate sponsorship agreement is entered into by Community Information Support Services, we will act in good faith to uphold the terms of the agreement, and to communicate regularly with the partner with a view to ensuring the arrangement continues to deliver mutual benefits. 


Community Information Support Services engages with companies and organisations to support a range of valuable core activities.  These include: 

  • Communicating key activities of the organisation through various channels to influence health and community services in local regions.
  • Promoting the work of the organisation in local communities to health and community organisations and to the general public in a way that is aligned with the branding and messaging of the organisation.
  • Assisting Human Resources Departments to connect staff with valuable support services and community activities in new local communities during relocation.
  • Providing opportunities to develop new technology to provide information in various formats tailored to suit the strategic goals of the organisation and the health and well being of its staff.
  • Providing access to information about services in local areas and usage of the the Platform to identify needs and support data-driven community planning, especially in new regions.


Responsibilities of the Corporate Sponsor 

  • When a corporate sponsorship agreement is entered into with Community Information Support Services, the corporate          partner undertakes to act in good faith to uphold the terms of the agreement, and to    communicate regularly with your organisation with a view to ensuring the arrangement   continues to deliver mutual benefits. 
    • Partners must not make claims about their products or services that cannot be clearly        substantiated to the satisfaction of the Executive Director and Board. Corporate partners may be        required to submit supporting documentation to substantiate claims.
    • No unsolicited commercial messages to Community Information Support Services’s members and users of the Platform are allowed under any circumstances.
    • Collecting and selling of personal details, mailing lists or databases without the expressed written permission of Community Information Support Services is not allowed.
    • Corporate sponsors may not collect any personally identifiable information from visitors to the Platform or place any cookies, applets, or other such files on computers of visitors to the Platform who do not directly visit partners’ websites.