Conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest, can be very costly for Canadian charities
Posted under Canadian Charity Law | Global Giving | CIDA | Ethics and Canadian Charities
The New York Times has reported that “The Gates Foundation has withdrawn a $5.2 million grant to a Canadian research center for planned tobacco control work in Africa, after learning that the chairwoman of the center’s board was also a board member for a unit of one of the world’s largest tobacco companies.” What is unusual about this story is how public it has gotten with press releases etc. Canadian charities should take the issue of conflicts of interest seriously and should have conflict of interest policies and they should follow them. It is easier and better to avoid problems such as this one rather than having to deal with them.
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