Paulson Institute Ethics & Accountability

The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, independent “think and do tank” dedicated to fostering a US-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly evolving world. We are committed to ethical and legal conduct in everything we do, and recognize that our reputation is based on the honesty of our conduct and the independence and quality of our work.

Nonpartisanship

The Paulson Institute is a nonprofit entity, governed by Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The Institute is not a political action committee or lobbying organization, and it is our policy not to engage in political activities such as endorsing or promoting candidates for public office, or directly contracting with, hiring or otherwise obtaining paid political lobbying services from lobbyists.

Funding

The Paulson Institute’s funding support is listed in the public reports we provide to the Internal Revenue Service. We receive generous financial support from individuals and foundations. The Paulson Institute does not receive funding from domestic or foreign government sources.

Independence

The Paulson Institute is fully independent, and does not represent outside interests. We do not allow our research, project agendas, events, or personnel decisions to be influenced by financial supporters.

Global Anti-Corruption Policy

The Paulson Institute refrains from any conduct that may corrupt our relationships with vendors, program sponsors, government officials, or other persons. We fully comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”), the anti-corruption laws of China, including the Criminal Law and the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (the “PRC Statutes”) and other national anti-corruption laws. Further, we hold all consultants, agents, contractors, and other third parties acting on the Institute’s behalf anywhere in the world to the same standards to which we hold ourselves.

Conflict of Interest

The Paulson Institute expects employees to avoid practices which would cause both real and perceived conflicts of interests.  A conflict of interest is defined as a relationship that would impair or appear to impair an employee’s integrity or objectivity in relation to his or her position. To avoid conflicts of interest, employees adhere to strict conflict-of-interest policies and procedures provided in an employee handbook.