UKDSC Charter of Trust

The UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) aims to be recognised as a trusted and impartial centre of defence expertise in the pre-competitive phase, displaying innovation to help shape and satisfy customers’ defence needs and to promote the development of UK defence industrial capability.

The UKDSC is jointly funded and resourced by Government and Industry, and is independent of any individual company’s commercial interests.

The UKDSC is uniquely able to reach the breadth of the UK value chain, all the way from the largest defence prime contractors through to the thousands of highly innovative SMEs to increase the connection between customers and UK Industry. By promoting collaboration between these companies, the best of UK capability can be harnessed to deliver solutions that meet customers’ needs. The UKDSC does not own any intellectual property, which remains with Industry; it works in the precompetitive phase, allowing closer collaboration with both customers and Industry.

Charter of trust

The UKDSC has established this ‘Charter of Trust’ to create trust, ensure confidentiality and allow discussion to be conducted in a controlled manner which encourages discussion and sharing for the benefit of all involved.

The over-riding principle is:

The organisation treats all information it receives as sensitive and confidential.

Specifically:

  • It will only discuss, publicly or with others, its generalised findings and will not reveal specific information nor its sources.
  • The organisation(s) dealing with the UKDSC can specify their expectations around the use and confidentiality of the information discussed and/or shared.
  • The UKDSC will, where necessary, establish information barriers internally to prevent exchanges of information that could cause conflicts of interest.
  • The UKDSC Executive Board, and employees are each bound to ensure confidentiality.
  • The UKDSC’s premises and systems adhere to the highest standards of security and protection.
  • The Board is committed to a formal annual review of the Charter.