(Adopted by the Board of Directors, March 15th, 2001)

Introduction

Breast Cancer Action Quebec (BCAQc) recognizes that the effectiveness of our work in public education, advocacy and coalition-building depends on the organization's credibility, particularly in the eyes of its members and the people it serves. The funding sources of any advocacy organization can appear to affect its political legitimacy, particularly in situations where corporate support raises the possibility, inference or perception of a conflict of interest.

BCAQc's corporate contributions policy aims to reconcile the need to ensure the long-term financial health and longevity of the organization with the desire to avoid potentially real or perceived conflicts of interest related to corporate giving.

Guiding Principles

The following principles will, therefore, guide BCAQc's corporate fundraising strategy:

  1. In order to provide unbiased information about the primary prevention of breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatment, BCAQc must be free of any appearance of conflict of interest. Accordingly, BCAQc will not accept financial support from corporate entities whose products or services are known to BCAQc to include cancer diagnosis or treatment.

  2. BCAQc advocates the precautionary principle that calls for acting on the weight of the evidence that links environmental carcinogens to breast cancer and other cancers rather than waiting for absolute proof of cause and effect. Consistent with this position, BCAQc will not knowingly accept funding from corporate entities whose products or manufacturing processes directly endanger environmental and/or occupational health or may possibly contribute to cancer incidence, nor will BCAQc knowingly accept donations from corporate entities that work to weaken or circumvent environmental and occupational regulations that would protect the public health and might decrease cancer incidence.