Private Sector Guidelines

IFPRI Code of Conduct for the Private Sector

IFPRI believes that the private sector can contribute to IFPRI’s research, capacity strengthening, and communications agenda. For example, the private sector can provide access to new and innovative sources of financing, tools and technologies, distribution networks, and marketing strategies, many of which can be leveraged to support IFPRI’s mission while also expanding the private sector’s own role in pro-poor development. At the same time, IFPRI researchers and management have a responsibility to ensure that partnerships with private sector organizations do not place the Institute in a conflict of interest, compromise public trust, or otherwise affect the Institute’s respect and credibility in a negative manner.

IFPRI’s 2006 Guiding Principles for Policy Research and Policy Advice provide broad ethical guidance on how IFPRI research should be conducted with respect to integrity and transparency, partners and donors, and regional and international public goods. In addition to these principles, IFPRI researchers and management perform due diligence to assess the suitability of potential engagements with private sector organizations. IFPRI establishes that any engagement with a private sector organization:

  • Will not be perceived to be an endorsement or preference by IFPRI for that organization or its products and/or services;
  • Does not introduce a conflict of interest between the researcher and the researcher’s source of funding;
  • Will not compromise IFPRI’s commitment to international public goods; and
  • Is not pursued with an organization that is known or suspected to be in contravention with international ethical standards on issues such as human rights, labor rights, environmental conservation, military-related activities, and corruption.

IFPRI fully and publicly discloses private sector engagement to its stakeholders, including but not limited to, a declaration of all sources of income from private sector organizations in IFPRI’s annual report, its audited financial statements, and in any listing of donors, partners, advisors, or sponsors in its publications and on IFPRI’s institutional website.