Ethics

CNS Commitment to working with industry partners and sponsors

CNS is committed to maintaining responsible and transparent processes in all of its activities.  All CNS conference programming, educational initiatives and award recipients are reviewed and approved by respective CNS committees. As with all of our sector stakeholders, CNS considers and values industry partner and sponsor input, but retains all programmatic and editorial control. 

Why work with industry?       

There are many benefits to joint and synergistic relationships involving academia and industry. These relationships have great potential for advancements in the nutritional and life sciences that can benefit society. The rise in academia-industry relationships in nutrition research and dissemination has been accompanied by increasing concerns about risks due to financial and other conflicts of interest. These risks include the potential to bias research, delay trainee progress, compromise efficient and wide dissemination of research results, and decrease public trust in our academic and research institutions and to the Society as a whole.  

As representatives and leaders within the nutrition research community, the Canadian Nutrition Society believes that maintaining the public trust and assuring the integrity of research is of the highest importance. As such, the CNS has endorsed the Public-Private-Partnership Principles (PPP) as developed via the leadership of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), and involving more than a dozen health-related scientific societies and organizations.  These Principles will be used as a checkpoint against all CNS activities involving PPP.

To view our full Principles document, click here.

Principle Summary of Principle
1 Have a clearly defined and achievable goal to improve the health of the public
2 Articulate a clear statement of work, rules and partner roles, responsibilities, and accountability, to build trust, transparency, and mutual respect as core operating principles.
3 Ensure that objectives will meet stakeholder partners’ needs, with a clearly defined baseline to monitor progress and measure success.
4 Considering the importance of balance, ensure that all members possess appropriate levels of bargaining power.
5 Minimize conflict of interest by recruiting a sufficient number of partners to mitigate influence by any single member and to broaden private- sector perspectives and expertise.
6 Engage partners who agree upon specific and fundable research question(s) to be addressed by the partnership.
7 Enlist partners who are committed to the long-term goals as well as to the sharing of funding and research data. 
8 Require that academic researchers, when they work in contract research organizations (CRO) or act as contract researchers, make clear statements of their affiliation; and require that such researchers publish only under the auspices of the CRO.
9 Along with government and the private sector, include academics and other members of civil society (i.e. NGOs, foundations) as partners. 
10 Adopt research questions and methodologies established by partners with no vested financial interest in them, ideally in the precompetitive space.
11 Be flexible and ensure ongoing transparent communications
12 Consider a third-party convener to ensure equality at the table, clarify rules, establish operational guidelines, and specify funding arrangements.

How to Become a Sponsor

To view the 2017 Prospectus, click here.