ELi's Conflict of Interest Policies

Author: 
Alice Dreger

Here's how we work to manage conflicts of interest:

Our Board of Director's Conflict of Interest Policy: The main thing you need to know about potential financial conflicts of interest for our Board of Directors is that members of the ELi Board are prohibited from profiting from ELi. So, if you see our board members functioning as editors, reporters, technical advisors, or in any other staff role, rest assured they are doing that work voluntarily (unpaid). We also maintain the formal Conflict of Interest Policy recommended by the IRS for non-profits. You can read that by clicking here.

Our Editors' Conflict of Interest Policy: The Board of Directors has approved a Conflict of Interest policy for our editors. You can read that by clicking here. As noted in the policy, each year our editors sign a statement agreeing to adhere to the policy.

Management of Reporters' Potential Conflicts of Interest: Our reporters are introduced to a 10-point checklist of questions which includes reminders about disclosing potential conflicts of interest. Our editors work to keep an eye out for these as well.

You will notice that some of our articles include disclosures of potential conflicts of interest by authors and editors. If we think a reporter's or editor's conflict of interest is a serious problem, we won't let that author or editor work on that article.