The goal of this framework is to be transparent about how we make decisions about the organizations with which IGI does business, so that our faculty, staff, students, funders, and the broader scientific community can know how we approach this element of our business. Our policies and procedures include firewalls to ensure that funding sources do not have any influence over the findings of funded research, educational content, and innovation goals.
We regularly receive partnership, collaboration, and funding opportunities from organizations that have particular business models, conflicts of interests, or ideologies that might risk influencing scientific credibility, but who nonetheless are major stakeholders in the scientific community. Such organizations include a spectrum of stakeholders, including but not limited to gambling industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Avoiding collaboration with any stakeholder would undermine our goals of advancing science and education in gambling. A lack of standards for collaboration, however, would undermine our mission.
This framework addresses how we assess the risks attendant to any particular opportunity, and the ethical principles we use to inform decisions about whether to:
- accept speaking invitations, interview inquiries, or guest posts on behalf of IGI
- accept philanthropic donations
- enter grant, contractual, or consulting agreements
- actively develop or maintain formal partnerships
- accept a group as a customer for one of IGI’s products or services