The purpose of this conflict of interest policy is to prevent the professional and personal interests of the directors, officers, committee members and administrative service provider of the National Organization or Alternative Programs (‘NOAP’), from influencing the performance of their duties on behalf of NOAP.
The directors, officers, committee members and executive managers of NOAP occupy positions of trust and are obligated to discharge their duties in good faith and with undivided loyalty to the NOAP. They must act in the course of their duties solely in the NOAP’s best interests without regard to the interests of any other organization with which they are associated or person(s) with whom they are related. They must refrain from taking part in any transaction or exploiting any opportunity if they cannot act with undivided loyalty to the NOAP. This policy requires the disclosure of actual or potential conflicts and, when a conflict exists, requires any interested party to recues him or herself from voting on the matter.
Adopted June 2020: The current members of NOAP Board of Directors should not, in his/her capacity as an agent of, employee of or consultant to, a third-party organization, participate in any way on behalf of the third-party organization in bidding or requests for proposals in which an NOAP Member Organization is bidding on the same request for the proposal. NOAP considers such participation on behalf of a third-party organization to be an actual or apparent conflict of interest. Any member of NOAP Board of Directors who knows, or should know through due diligence, of such a conflict should immediately identify the conflict to the third-party organization and, in writing, to NOAP Member and NOAP Board of Directors and recuse him/herself from any participation whatsoever in any aspect of the bidding process.
Neither NOAP nor any director, officer, committee member or Administrative service provider shall enter into any transaction or arrangement required to be disclosed under this policy, unless it is approved by NOAP Board as set for the below.
As used in this policy:
“Conflict of interest” is an interest that might affect, or might reasonably appear to affect, the judgment or conduct of any director, officer, committee member or Administrative service provider in a manner that is averse to the interests of NOAP .
The term “organization” includes without limitation any agency, entity, company, association, firm or other group, whether governmental or nongovernmental, and whether operated on a for-profit or nonprofit basis.
“Interest” refers to both actual and potential interests, including without limitation any position as owner, officer, board member, partner, employee, contractor, consultant or beneficiary, but shall not include the ownership of less than five percent of the outstanding voting securities of a publicly held company.
“Immediate family” means parents, siblings, spouse/domestic partner, children and grandchildren whether related biologically, through adoption or through marriage/domestic partnership.
“Interested party” means a director, officer, committee member or administrative service provider of NOAP seeking the approval required by this Policy.
EXAMPLES OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
A conflict of interest may exist if a director, officer, committee member, administrative service provider; a member of his/her immediate family; an organization for which the individual serves as an officer, director, trustee, partner or employee, or a prospective employer of such person:
USE OF INFORMATION
Directors, officers, committee members and executive management shall not use information received from participation in NOAP affairs, whether expressly identified as confidential or not, for personal gain or in a manner that is averse to the NOAP’s interests.
BOARD REVIEW, DISCLOSURE AND RECUSAL
NOAP Board shall annually review the Conflict of Interest Certifications. The disclosures contained therein shall be deemed approved by the Board unless an objection is made by one or more directors. Such approval or objection shall be noted in the minutes of the Board meeting.
Whenever any individual subject to this Policy believes he or she may have a conflict of interest, he or she shall promptly notify the Board President or appropriate committee chair of such conflict.
When any conflict of interest is relevant to a matter that comes under consideration or requires action by NOAP Board or a committee, the director/officer/committee member shall call it to the attention of the Board President or appropriate committee chair. After being permitted to make a presentation to the Board or committee, the interested party shall recuse himself or herself from the discussion of, and the vote on, the matter. The interested party shall be counted for purposes of a quorum but shall leave the meeting before decisions are made on matters in which he/she has such an interest.
VIOLATIONS OF THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY
ANNUAL CERTIFICATION PROCESS
This Policy and its Certification shall be distributed to and reviewed annually by the directors, officers, committee members and administrative service provider, each of whom has a continuing responsibility to evaluate their transactions, outside business interests and relationships for potential conflicts of interest, and to make such disclosures as described in this Policy. The Secretary shall be responsible for asking each individual subject to this Policy to complete a Certification in the form attached with disclosures of any known conflicts of interest upon his or her election, re-election or appointment and annually thereafter. Each individual subject to this Policy shall promptly update his or her certification to disclose any interest, transaction or opportunity covered by this Policy that arises during the annual reporting period by requesting a new form from the Secretary and returning the updated form to the Secretary.