To deliver that vision we must be fast, and we must be first in bringing new innovations into the market place. To achieve that we cannot only rely on our internal capabilities but we will also forge strong relationships with external strategic partners.
Here you will find answers to most frequently asked questions.
1. What is TRUSTED NETWORK?
TRUSTED NETWORK is Beiersdorf’s web platform for open innovation and the basis for a partnership with external business partners. They are able to access Beiersdorf’s confidential scientific challenges in order to propose appropriate ideas and solutions which may lead to joint collaborations or business.
2. What are the benefits of registering on the TRUSTED NETWORK platform?
New business opportunities through early contribution to Beiersdorf’s innovation pipeline, Partnership with Beiersdorf R&D as a valuable contributor to TRUSTED NETWORK and potential collaborations resulting therefrom, which may lead to activities outside the TRUSTED NETWORK platform such as joint efforts to identify business opportunities.
Gaining of knowledge of the main scientific requirements for which Beiersdorf is striving for solutions.
Guaranteed feedback on your scientific proposals within a defined time frame.
3. What are the rewards?
There are different kinds of “rewards”. Rewards will be offered only to those community members whose idea and solution Beiersdorf is interested in using commercially or for further research and development. Such rewards will be individually agreed upon between Beiersdorf and you. The reward may consist of Beiersdorf asking you to supply us with your idea or solution or to license it. Beiersdorf may also ask you to sell your idea or solution to us.
4. Does all the information shared through this platform remain confidential?
Beiersdorf will keep the information you have submitted confidential in accordance with the non-disclosure agreement entered into between Beiersdorf and the company you work for. Likewise, your employer is obliged to keep Beiersdorf’s information confidential.
Only such information which does not fall under one of the exceptions set out in section 1 of the non-disclosure agreement must be kept confidential, e.g. information which has become public knowledge no longer needs to be kept secret.
Please note that the confidentiality obligation only applies to confidential information as defined in the non-disclosure agreement, i.e. only such information is kept confidential which you disclose to Beiersdorf via the TRUSTED NETWORK platform or which has been provided in the context of discussions initiated through requests posted by Beiersdorf on the TRUSTED NETWORK platform. Moreover, the confidentiality obligation only extends to such information which relates to the topic of a request posted by Beiersdorf on the TRUSTED NETWORK platform.
5. How do you ensure the information shared on this platform remains confidential?
Beiersdorf uses secure software tools which protect the information. Furthermore, only a limited number of Beiersdorf employees have access to the TRUSTED NETWORK platform.
6. Is it mandatory to sign the non-disclosure agreement?
7. Is it possible to amend any clause in the non-disclosure agreement?
No. In order to guarantee each member the same conditions.
8. How can I participate?
Only users registered on the TRUSTED NETWORK platform are able to propose solutions for Beiersdorf’s requests posted on the platform. Highly confidential briefings will be made visible by invitation only to a selected number of registered users depending on the topic of such briefings and the competences of the registered users.
9. What exactly do I have to do to register on the TRUSTED NETWORK platform?
If you represent a subsidiary of a company which is already a TRUSTED NETWORK community member it is sufficient for you to confirm that you are bound by the non-disclosure agreement entered into between Beiersdorf and your parent company, provided your parent company has agreed with us that this non-disclosure agreement shall also apply to you.
Your registration, however, is subject to Beiersdorf’s review. We reserve the right to deny your registration, e.g. if we feel that our business interests are not compatible.
10. Why is it so important to complete the fields of competence during the registration process?
The fields of competence are the basis for the invitation to propose your idea or solution for a single initiative. It is therefore important to state your expertise correctly, allowing Beiersdorf to select you to submit ideas and solutions for the right TRUSTED NETWORK initiatives.
11. How does the process work if I want to submit a solution for a current inquiry or confidential briefings on the platform I have been invited to?
After confirmation of attendance in the specific initiative you will be asked to propose ideas and solutions to solve the scientific challenge within a defined time frame after publication of Beiersdorf’s request on the platform.
The briefing can only be seen by the invited community members. Ideas and solutions from external partners can only be seen and accessed by Beiersdorf.
You will receive a first reply from Beiersdorf whether the ideas or solutions you have proposed have been selected for further investigation within a maximum period of 8 weeks. If we are interested in discussing your proposal with you, we may ask you for further information, particularly regarding patent situations, available efficacy data or samples. If, after such further evaluation, we inform you that we are interested in cooperating with you, we will then agree on an appropriate business model for such a partnership with you which provides Beiersdorf with access to the idea or solution.
12. What are the key deadlines?
The time limit for proposals varies and can be find out in the briefing.
The time limit for feedback from Beiersdorf is 8 weeks after expiration of the proposal deadline.
13. Is there a specific format/template for sharing a/n “solution/idea”?
Yes. A template is available on the platform and should be used for submitting proposals.
14. Is it possible to submit more than one proposal for an initiative?
15. How will the evaluation of the solution/idea be carried out?
Beiersdorf will - based on the proposals of the community members - internally evaluate ideas and solutions related to pre-defined criteria.
After you have received initial positive feedback, Beiersdorf reserves the right to check the IP situation and proof of concept before further negotiating business agreements.
16. Who will evaluate the solution/idea?
Beiersdorf’s R&D will evaluate the ideas or solutions. Your proposals will not be submitted to a third party for evaluation.
17. Can I participate in the evaluation process?
Beiersdorf will most likely compare different proposals within the evaluation process internally. Ensuring confidentiality for all proposals from community members has high priority for Beiersdorf. Therefore you will not be able to participate in the evaluation process. However, you are free to write via the platform to the responsible scouting manager. You will find the contact for each TRUSTED NETWORK initiative in the briefing.
18. May I disclose confidential information received from Beiersdorf to affiliates of my organization?
You may only disclose Beiersdorf confidential information to your affiliates if they fall under the definition of “affiliates” in the non-disclosure agreement. In particular, these affiliates must be listed in a schedule to the non-disclosure agreement. Otherwise you are not permitted to transfer any confidential Beiersdorf information to subsidiaries of your company.
19. May my affiliates also receive direct access to the TRUSTED NETWORK platform?
Your affiliates may receive direct access to TRUSTED NETWORK by registering themselves on the platform. When one of your affiliates registers on the platform, in principle the same rules apply as for your registration. However, your affiliate does not have to enter into a separate non-disclosure agreement with Beiersdorf if the non-disclosure agreement entered into between the parent company and Beiersdorf also covers this affiliate (i.e. if the affected affiliate falls under the definition of “affiliates” in the non-disclosure agreement and is listed in the schedule to the agreement).
20. What happens if I terminate my user account for the platform or if Beiersdorf decides to do so?
In this case you will no longer have access to the platform even if you have been participating in an information request posted by Beiersdorf on the platform. Finally you will receive a letter of cancellation of the signed contract.
21. In which cases would Beiersdorf terminate my user account for the TRUSTED NETWORK platform?
Beiersdorf would be most likely to terminate your user account if we believe that you have provided us with incorrect information regarding your organization or if you have breached the terms and conditions or the non-disclosure agreement. However, we may also terminate your user account if we feel that our business interests are not any longer.
22. With whom must the non-disclosure agreement have been entered into?
The non-disclosure agreement is entered into with the company you work for.
If you represent a subsidiary of a parent company which is already a TRUSTED NETWORK community member and if this parent company has already entered into the non-disclosure agreement with us on behalf of you, you only need to confirm to us that you are bound by this agreement by registering when you accept the T&C.
23. What happens to non-disclosure agreements my company has previously entered into with Beiersdorf?
Such non-disclosure agreements will continue to apply to the exchange of confidential information with Beiersdorf outside this platform regarding the topic defined in the respective non-disclosure agreement.
24. Why doesn’t the non-disclosure agreement list the topics for which confidential information is to be exchanged?
We may exchange confidential information through this platform regarding a broad range of topics. Therefore it is not possible to define these topics in the non-disclosure agreement in advance. Subject to the technical availability of the platform you may see the current and previous initiatives in which you have participated on the platform. Through this data you may determine for which topics you have already exchanged information with us. Beiersdorf has also implemented procedures to allow us to determine the content of our confidentiality obligations.
25. What is the difference between the terms of the non-disclosure agreement and the terms of the confidentiality obligation?
The terms of the non-disclosure agreement (section 6.1) regulates the period in which the confidential information exchanged under the non-disclosure agreement is to be kept secret.
The terms of the confidentiality obligation (section 6.3) set out for how long all confidential information exchanged during the term of the non-disclosure agreement must be treated confidentially.
26. Can I work with your competitor?
We can, of course, not prohibit you from cooperating with our competitors. However, Beiersdorf is interested in ideas and solutions which Beiersdorf could use exclusively, provided we enter into the appropriate agreements with you. Therefore we ask you to inform us if you are able to provide the proposed solution exclusively to Beiersdorf. If you are able to provide the proposed solution exclusively to Beiersdorf this may increase your chances of Beiersdorf deciding to cooperate with you further. However, this is not a mandatory prerequisite.