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.  The CNS endorses the following principles and uses them as a guide in managing our collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.

Prerequisite Principle:       

  1. Have a clearly defined and achievable goal to improve the health of the public

Governance Principles:      

  1. Articulate a clear statement of work, rules and partner roles, responsibilities, and accountability, to build trust, transparency, and mutual respect as core operating principles.
  1. Ensure that objectives will meet stakeholder partners' needs, with a clearly defined baseline to monitor progress and measure success.

Operational Principles:    

  1. Considering the importance of balance, ensure that all members possess appropriate levels of bargaining power.
  1. 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.
  1. Engage partners who agree upon specific and fundable research question(s) to be addressed by the partnership.
  1. Enlist partners who are committed to the long-term goals as well as to the sharing of funding and research data.
  1. Along with government and the private sector, include academics and other members of civil society (i.e. NGOs, foundations) as partners.
  1. Select objective scientific measurements capable of providing common ground for both public and private sector research goals.
  1. Adopt research questions and methodologies established by partners with no vested financial interest in them, ideally in the precompetitive space.

  2. Be flexible and ensure ongoing transparent communications.

  3. Consider a third-party convener to ensure equality at the table, clarify rules, establish operational guidelines, and specify funding arrangements.

Alexander N., Rowe, S., Brackett R.E., Burton-Freeman B., Hentges E., Kretser A., Klurfield D., Meyers L., Mukherjea R., Ohlhorst S. Achieving a transparent, actionable framework for public-private-partnerships for food and nutrition research. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015;101:1359-63.



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