We exist to improve the lives of people with individuals with pharmacological and behavioural addictions by supporting and inspiring clinicians in the field of addiction medicine to improve the quality of their life changing work.
We rely on membership fees and donations to fund vital work setting standards, advancing addiction medicine training and promoting the best possible care.
Through the generosity of our members, private philanthropists, charitable foundations and legacies we will be able to help shape the future of addiction medicine education and training and support the future generations of addiction medicine specialists.
We want to create sustainable partnerships and to tackle the big global challenges around addiction medicine.
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ISAM Guidelines for Accepting Private Donation
SCOPE: These guidelines apply to all donations between companies, foundations or individuals and the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM)
The term ‘partnership’ encompasses all relationships between the ISAM and a company or foundation, in which the ISAM grants the partner the possibility of using its name, emblem/logo or image in its communication and promotional materials, thereby potentially creating a public association of image between the company and the ISAM
The term “Companies” encompasses private firms and their foundations, as well as state-owned enterprises.
KEY CRITERIA & METRICS
The following section clarifies which of these are exclusionary, cautionary, and positive criteria. In the case of corporate partnerships, it is important to note that these criteria are used to assess the risks that stem from a company’s reputation and business practices but not the risks or benefits that may be specific to a partnership between the ISAM and a given company. Therefore, an assessment of these criteria serves as the basis for screening all potential private donors, whether they be companies, foundations or individuals, but is also complemented with an assessment of partnership risks and benefits in the case of potential corporate partners.
An exclusionary criterion is one that automatically prevents ISAM from accepting any form of support from a company, foundation or individual. These pertain to activities that present a reputational risk for the ISAM and for which clear thresholds can be identified and objectively measured. The exclusionary criteria establish thresholds with regards to the degree of involvement in:
The exclusionary criteria are supplemented by a list of cautionary criteria and positive criteria, detailed below, which further influence the decision to accept support from a potential donor or partner.
Beyond the exclusionary criteria outlined above, which categorically prevent the ISAM from receiving support from a company, foundation or individual, the decision of whether to accept support from a company will generally require weighing the potential benefits against potential risks. Cautionary criteria flag issues that may present potential risks, keeping in mind that some of these risks may be mitigated. Cautionary criteria are often more qualitative in nature, and therefore do not allow for clear thresholds. The cautionary criteria cover where a company:
Whereas cautionary criteria are meant to flag potential risks and issues of concern with potential corporate partners, positive criteria focus on issues that may reflect more positively on company’s reputation and future business behaviour. This includes
Decisions are taken after thorough examination of such proposed donations. They may also be referred to the ISAM Executive Committee for further examination and subsequently to the ISAM Board of Directors for a final decision.
A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis will support above ISAM committee members with finalising their decisions
ISAM Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Acceptance of Donations Download Form