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Association of Professional Chaplains
Conflict of Interest Policy
The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) is dedicated to promoting quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to its members. The integrity of APC, and the activities it undertakes, depends on the avoidance of conflicts of interest, or even the appearance of such conflicts, by the individuals involved in those activities.
At the same time, APC recognizes that its members have significant professional, business and personal interests and relationships. Therefore, APC has determined that the most appropriate manner in which to address actual, potential or apparent conflicts of interest is initially through liberal disclosure of any relationship or interest which might be construed as resulting in such a conflict. Disclosure under this Conflict of Interest Policy (“Policy”) should not be construed as creating a presumption of impropriety or as automatically precluding someone from participating in an APC activity or decision-making process. Rather, it reflects APCTM’s recognition of the many factors that can influence one’s judgment and a desire to make as much information as possible available to other participants in APCTM related matters.
Any individual involved in an APC leadership role or decision-making process has an obligation to disclose any conflicting or potentially conflicting personal, professional or business interests he or she may have, directly or indirectly, with the affected role or decision. Potentially conflicting interests may relate to the APC’s programs and services (e.g., educational courses) or its operations (e.g., contracts with third parties). In the event an officer, director, member of a task force, working group or other committee (collectively, referred to herein as “committee members”) or state leader determines he or she has a conflict of interest on a particular matter, he or she shall disclose the conflict to APC’s Board of Directors or to the other committee members, as applicable.
In addition, participants in APC leadership roles are obligated to disclose the positions they hold or relationships they have with other organizations or entities that may conflict, directly or indirectly, with their APC roles. They also have an obligation to disclose any significant financial interest in, or other relationship with, an entity having a “commercial interest” in the activity. A commercial interest may exist not only where the entity’s products or services are under consideration by APC, but also where the entity’s products or services are in competition or potential competition with those under consideration. By the disclosure of such interests, other participants will have the opportunity to take potential biases into consideration. In addition, the Board of Directors (or, as applicable, committee members and state leaders) will be in a better position to determine whether the participant may have an interest in conflict with the interests of APC.
To help assure full disclosure of any actual or potential conflicts of interest, all participants in APC leadership roles, including APC’s officers, directors, committee members and state leaders must comply with this Policy and annually sign and submit a disclosure form (a copy of which is attached hereto) (i) acknowledging that he or she is aware of and has read the Policy; and (ii) disclosing the information described above. If, subsequent to any such annual disclosure (but prior to execution of a new annual disclosure form), an APC officer, director, committee member or state leader becomes aware of a relationship required to be so disclosed, that officer, director, committee member or state leader shall promptly make the required disclosure by submitting a revised disclosure form identifying the organization, business, group, entity, etc., and describing the nature of the relationship.
It is the responsibility of the disinterested members of the Board or, as applicable, committee members or state leaders, to interpret and apply this Policy. And, inasmuch as the Policy is stated in general terms, the Board or its designee(s) should use their best judgment in doing so.