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Conflict of Interest Policy

All Board members, staff, volunteers, and partners are required to sign the following form:

I understand that the standard of behavior at the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance (‘the Alliance’) is that all staff, volunteers, members of the board of directors and advisory board, and organizational members scrupulously avoid conflicts of interest between the interests of the Alliance on one hand, and personal, professional, and business interests on the other. This includes avoiding potential and/or actual conflicts of interest, as well as perceptions of conflicts of interest. In particular, the Alliance adheres to its strongly held value of being free of any commercial influence. Further, the Alliance expects each person and organization involved, and in any way representing the Alliance, to maintain complete independence from any alcohol industry influence, involvement or funding, including involvement in or use of industry-funded research. I understand that these may be real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest.

Joining in the Alliance’s commitment to transparency and accountability, I understand that the purpose of this policy is to protect the integrity of the Alliance’s decision-making process, enabling the public and our constituencies to have confidence in our personal and organizational integrity. Upon or before election, appointment, hire, volunteering, or coming to the Alliance as an organizational member (or as a member organization’s representative), I will make a full written disclosure of interests, relationships, and/or holdings that may potentially result in a conflict of interest. This written disclosure will be kept on file and I will update or affirm it annually by December 31 for the following year.

In the course of meetings or activities, I, and my organization, will disclose any interests in a transaction, involvement, activity, or decision where I, my family, and/or my significant other, employer, or close associates will receive a benefit or gain.  I will also disclose at any time if I, or said affiliations, have or hold a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest with the alcohol industry.  After disclosure, I understand that I will be asked to leave the room for the discussion and will not be permitted to vote on the question.

I understand that this policy is meant to supplement good judgment. By signing, including on behalf of an organization, I am indicating that I support this Conflict of Interest Policy and will submit the provided disclosure statement as required.

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