The first IPC-IOC agreement was signed during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games by Presidents Samaranch and Steadward
The IPC actively seeks to develop partnerships with organisations that have common interests and help the IPC achieve its strategic objectives.
Through partnerships, the IPC aims to increase athlete participation, launch development and education programmes and increase awareness for the Paralympic Movement.
The IPC has established partnerships with influential international organisations such as the United Nations and other non-governmental organisations around the globe.
The IPC also wants to work with its members to identify, develop and manage partnerships and funding at government and more local level.
This productive relationship with the IOC occurs on many levels and has increased the quality level of the Paralympic Games to an exceptional level.
The first IPC-IOC agreement was signed during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games by Presidents Samaranch and Steadward, at which point the IOC was seeking a positive association showing social responsibility. In 2001, the two signed an agreement securing the practice of “one bid, one city,” meaning the same city will host both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The IPC President is an IOC member and the IPC is represented on several IOC Commissions.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on 26 November that the Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has become a Worldwide Paralympic Partner in the mobility category through to 2024 in a ground-breaking partnership for the whole Paralympic Movement.
Under the terms of the category agreement which covers vehicles, mobility services and mobility solutions, Toyota rights will include the IPC, all National Paralympic Committees from 2017 and future Games Organising Committees from Tokyo 2020.
It is the first partnership in the Paralympic Movement’s history to encapsulate the IPC, all NPCs and future Paralympics Games under one agreement and the first time an IOC TOP Partner has shown such widespread support of the Paralympic Movement through funding and global promotional reach.
Visa, the first global sponsor of the IPC and sponsor of the Paralympic Games since 2002, is the official payment service and only card accepted at all Paralympic Games venues to purchase Paralympic tickets, official Games merchandise, or food and beverages in venues.
Visa retains exclusive marketing and promotional rights within the Payment Services category and activation opportunities for financial institution clients and merchants throughout the world.
By engaging in dialogue, raising awareness of existing Visa products and services (e.g., online banking and bill payment, Visa Paralympic website), developing new technologies specifically for the needs of persons with an impairment (e.g., voice-activated and Braille ATMs), extending issuance, and creating an affinity with Visa’s global network of financial institution clients, Visa provides this global community with greater access and choice. www.visaparalympics.com
Otto Bock is a Partner of the Paralympic Movement, in the product categories 'Therapeutical Medical Devices' and 'Rehabilitation and Mobility Healthcare Products'.
Otto Bock is the leading global supplier in prosthetics and rehabilitation and has been supporting the Paralympic Movement and its athletes, both with its products and its free services, at events for years. Since the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Otto Bock has also brought their service centre to several major competitions outside the Paralympic Games, for example, the IPC Athletics World and European Championships.
For more information about Otto Bock, please visit the official website at www.ottobock.com/paralympics.
Samsung has announced in October 2014 the extension of its partnership agreement with the International Paralympic Committee beyond the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. For the next six years of this agreement, Samsung, who has sponsored the IPC since 2006, will remain as one of the IPC's Official Worldwide Paralympic Partners and will expand after 2016 its category of sponsorship to the "Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment," including smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and other computing equipment, and desktop printers.
This partnership represents an important extension of the involvement of Samsung with the Olympic Games. Through this partnership, Samsung will support the IPC's efforts to communicate the inspiration and excitement of Paralympic sport to a wider audience around the world.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is the world's third largest producer of mobile phones. For more information, please visit the Samsung website at www.samsung.com.
At the beginning of 2008, the IPC signed an agreement with Atos to become its Worldwide Paralympic IT Partner. Under the agreement, Atos will contribute to the development of the Paralympic Movement through the creation of a system, which is designed to manage the athletes’ data, including results, biographical and classification specific information. The company has been the IT Partner for the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2011, the company extended its agreement with the IPC and worked towards designing and producing the new IPC website.
For more information, please visit the Atos website at http://atos.net/en-us/olympic_games/paralympic_games/default.htm.
In October 2014 Panasonic became the latest Worldwide Paralympic Partner.
Since its foundation, it has been a basic business principle for Panasonic to contribute to society through its business. For 16 years from Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games to Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Panasonic has been engaged in the supply of audio visual equipment to the Paralympic Games.
In addition to the existing Audio-Visual Equipment category covering TVs, audio-visual equipment for broadcast/professional use, AV storage media, car navigation and related car multimedia equipment and AV security equipment, Panasonic’s sponsorship categories for Worldwide Paralympic Partnership have been expanded to include such disability care products as The Shower and Wearable Powered Suit. For these products, Panasonic has acquired global marketing rights with the Paralympic Movement in conjunction with the Paralympic Games.
For more information, please visit: www.panasonic.com
The IPC is very proud to have Allianz SE, one of the world's top insurance and financial services companies, as their International partner. In addition to its support of the IPC, Allianz also supports 14 National Paralympic Committees including Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as "National Supporter".
The close collaboration between Allianz and the IPC will support the development of potential future Paralympians, as well as help spread the important message of equality and inclusion of the Paralympic Movement. Ultimately the aim is to change perceptions of people with an impairment through the powerful images and values of Paralympic sport.
For more information, please visit www.allianz.com.
BP has taken a major step in supporting Paralympic sport throughout the world by becoming an International Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) until the end of 2016. In addition BP supports National Paralympic Committees in the UK, USA, Angola, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Trinidad & Tobago. These partnerships reflect the strong alignment of values between BP and the Paralympic organisation.
BP is of one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies. BP operates or markets its products in more than 80 countries, employs over 85,000 people and provides its customers with fuel for transportation energy for heating and light, retail services and petrochemicals products for everyday items.
For more information, please visit www.bp.com.
DB Schenker (official logistics supplier)
The IPC and DB Schenker have been working together since Athens 2004. DB Schenker provides the IPC with logistics, freight forwarding and customs clearance services for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as well as other key IPC events.
DB Schenker stands for the transportation and logistics activities of Deutsche Bahn. The logistics division of DB is the world’s second largest transportation and logistics service provider based on sales and performance. With around 2,000 locations in all of the world’s most important economic regions, DB Schenker has a global network geared toward customer service, quality and sustainability. This success is owed primarily to DB Schenker’s 96,000 employees, all of whom place customer satisfaction and quality at the center of their work. DB Schenker stands for performance, service and safety, regardless of the complexity or extent of logistics tasks and requirements.
International sporting events demand much of all involved. That includes the athletes/ Para athletes competing as well as the logistics experts behind the scenes. And when it comes to cultural events or concerts, DB Schenker always strikes the right chord and offers sports and event logistics at the highest international level.
We at DB Schenker offer complex global transportation and logistics services. Thanks to our many years of experience, we develop logistics solutions from a single source and customize them according to your specific needs.
For more information, please visit the DB Schenker website at www.dbschenker.com.
361° (official apparel provider of the IPC)
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has signed an agreement with Chinese sportswear company 361° to supply uniforms and products to the IPC Governing Board, VIPs and members of staff for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Under the terms of the supply agreement, 361°has been appointed as the IPC’s exclusive official apparel provider until 31 December 2016.
For more information, please visit the 361° website.
The German Ministry of the Interior, the regional government of North Rhine-Westfalia and the City of Bonn are partnering with the International Paralympic Committee to provide financial support.
The IPC is committed to engaging in partnerships with external organisations who can positively contribute to the long-term development of the Paralympic Movement.