Conflict of Interest Statement
C-FAR, through its membership and affiliated university and research-related
entities, is entrusted with providing direction, oversight and implementation
public investments of funds to enhance the food and agricultural industry.
Participation in C-FAR activities by all members is
highly encouraged. This
involvement enhances professional skills and constitutes public service, and
at the same time, is of tremendous benefit to furthering the goals and
mission of C-FAR and the intent of State of Illinois funds.
Because such activities can lead to perceived or real
conflicts of interest in regard to one’s responsibility to C-FAR and the
state appropriation, the need exists for a general understanding and
awareness regarding conflicts of interests.
Each university that is named as a recipient of C-FAR funds in the Food and Agriculture Research Act
has a conflict of interest policy that is practiced.
The C-FAR membership, including C-FAR representatives of this
membership, must also adhere to a high ethical standard.
C-FAR members (hereafter referred to as “Members”), by observing
the following principles, will ensure the confidence of Illinois citizens in
the integrity of C-FAR processes and make certain that they are performing
their public service commitment to the highest standard.
service is a public trust, requiring Members to place loyalty above
when a potential conflict of interest may exist, shall disclose and
appropriately modify their participation.
shall not engage in financial transactions using C-FAR information or
allow the improper use of such information to further any private
shall put forth honest effort in the performance of their
shall make no unauthorized commitments or promises of any kind
purporting to bind C-FAR or the State of Illinois appropriation in ways
other than as provided for in the Food and Agriculture Research Act.
shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any entity
shall adhere to all laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity
for all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, age, or handicap.
shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they
are violating the law or ethical standards.
Conflict of interest activities shall not be tolerated
and the C-FAR Board of Directors, in cooperation with the C-FAR Rules and
Procedures Committee, shall review suspected or known activities of this