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Annex II - The Partnership principles for engagement

As discussed with WHO and Board during the “conflict of interest policies”, these principles of engagement should apply to ALL organizations – with some principles being more relevant to some constituencies .

1. Strategic alignment

Engagement has clear links to PMNCH mission and priority actions, and is well aligned with the PMNCH strategy and work plan.

Engagement is consistent and compliant with WHO technical norms and standards.

Private sector organization should not produce a product or engage in practices that would be detrimental to health in any way or harm PMNCH’s / WHO’s reputations.

2. Clear value add

Engagement demonstrates value for public health in the area of RMNCH.

Engagement is additive, and creates value which is over and above what could be achieved by PMNCH without engagement of the private sector.

3. Independence and impartiality

Engagement must maintain PMNCH objectivity, integrity, independence and impartiality.

Potential or actual, real or perceived conflicts of interests should be reported and managed in keeping with applicable WHO policies and PMNCH Board approved principles.

Pursuit of the public health goal takes precedence over the interests of any individual organization or group of organizations wishing to engage with PMNCH .

4. No endorsement and no exclusivity

Engagement should not bestow any unfair competitive advantage to any organization or entity, and should allow a level playing field for all. In the case of for-profit companies, collaboration will be open to all interested commercial parties on the same basis.

Engagement should not provide endorsement or preference of a particular organization. In particular, for private sector entities, engagement will not result in endorsement or preference of particular products and / or services.

5. Transparency

While respecting individual privacy and institutional confidentiality, as appropriate, all interested persons (within PMNCH and public at large) should easily be able to obtain information on:

  • benefits to PMNCH and the organization;
  • the nature and scope of activities;
  • rules of engagement and mechanisms of decision for the selection process;
  • delineation of roles, responsibilities, and contributions; and
  • outcomes of engagement.

6. Due diligence

Due diligence, including risk assessment, risk management and guidelines will take place, as relevant and necessary, on the selection of Partners (including legal and communication aspects) and the engagement process. For example, if relevant, private sector partners should have a sound corporate social responsibility track record and leadership, a history of commitment to development and health goals, responsible environmental and labour practices, and a positive public image.

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