CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS POLICY
Corporate Integrity and Corporate Relationships
Since its founding in 1984, the Center has committed to professional integrity in the conduct of its business and in its relationships with all those with whom it works. As a free standing, unaffiliated nonprofit corporation, the Center strives to preserve and maintain its autonomy and independence at all times and in all respects.
The Center adheres to the following guiding principles with respect to all charitable contribution support, all contracts and agreements for services and products, and all marketing activities:
• The Center shall at all times maintain its independence and autonomy to pursue its Mission, Vision, Values and to maintain its public benefit purposes free of outside influence or the appearance of such influence.
• The integrity, professionalism and accountability of all Center programs, publications, communications, research and other projects and activities are solely the responsibility of the Center.
• At all times in the pursuit of its Mission and Vision, the Center shall strive to foster an atmosphere that promotes civil discourse and the robust exchange of ideas.
The Center is and shall be solely responsible for the structure, direction, measurement, administration and control of its programs, projects and events, and for all Center operations. The acceptance of financial support or other beneficence from any outside source, or the fact of a contract or agreement with any other party, does not and shall not mean or imply the Center’s endorsement or approval of any such party’s activities, operations, products or services.
The Center encourages its supporters to permit public acknowledgement by name. The Center does not accept anonymous gifts from corporations, including nonprofit organizations, faith-based and fraternal organizations, professional associations or business leagues. When an individual donor wishes to remain anonymous, gifts and grants with that philanthropic gesture must comply with other provisions of this policy.
All philanthropic support of the Center shall be recognized, disclosed or included on the Center’s website, and in appropriate publications from time to time. Public disclosure of commercial transactions which are protected by agreement or applicable law may be made in a manner consistent with such limitations as determined by the Center CEO with the advice and consent of the board.
All Mission-related and commercial business relationships between and among the Center for Practical Bioethics and all outside parties, including but not limited to, all donors, contributors, for-profit and nonprofit businesses of all types, governmental agencies, associations and academic institutions, shall comply with and adhere at all times to the Center’s Corporate Integrity Policy.
All contracts and agreements, including but not limited to commercial, sales, marketing, advocacy, grants, licensing, joint venture, and sponsorship agreements, entered into by the Center with another party shall comply with and adhere at all times to the Center’s Corporate Integrity Policy.
The Center shall not enter into any contract, agreement, arrangement or relationship at any time, with any party, which does not comply with and adhere to the Center’s current Corporate Integrity Policy.
As a nonprofit corporation organized and operating under the laws of the State of Kansas and qualified as a tax-exempt, public benefit organization under federal law, in furtherance of the Center’s Mission, Vision and public benefit Values, the Center shall comply at all times with all applicable laws and regulations.
Originally adopted in separate actions by the Board of Directors
October 16, 2012
Amended on May 17, 2016
Combined for website digital display
May 18, 2016