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Buddhist Recovery Network - Conflict of Interest Policy    (Version 1.0 Dated March 24th, 2008)

A. Preamble

As an organisation inspired by Buddhist teachings and traditions, the Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN) is committed to promoting truthfulness and transparency in the conduct of its affairs, and the altruistic pursuit of community benefit over the narrow, self-interested pursuit of personal gain. To this end, the organisation has adopted the following Conflict Of Interest policy.

B. Definition

A Conflict of Interest arises where a Director or Officer’s personal interests, or interests which they owe to another body, and those of the BRN arise simultaneously or appear to be in conflict. Where a decision-maker may personally profit from a Board or Committee decision, the potential for individual benefit must be acknowledged, and the policy below followed. In addition to this, involvement in another organisation (eg a recovery, Buddhist or academic organisation) may result in conflicting loyalties. Directors must understand that providing undivided loyalty to the organisation is one of the fundamental duties of trust required under US law and the laws of other countries in which the BRN operates.

C. The Policy

This policy applies to Directors, Officers, Employees or Volunteers making decisions and / or allocating resources on behalf of the organisation. Where such a decision draws the individual into a situation as described above, the affected person must fully disclose the nature of the interest and withdraw from discussion, lobbying and voting on the matter. Any decision shall be approved only when a majority of disinterested committee members determine that it is in the best interest of the BRN to proceed with the proposal. The Minutes of the meetings at which such a situation arises shall record such disclosure, abstention and rationale.

As a matter of policy, the organisation also insists upon the following:

D. Examples of Circumstances where a Conflict Should Be Understood To Exist:

E. Examples Not Requiring Disclosure:

 

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