Ethics & Accountability

The Paulson Institute is 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.


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.


The Paulson Institute receives generous financial support from individuals and organizations to carry out our mission. We do not take any funding from the Chinese Government or foreign entities. We publicly identify donors and provide to the public the same reports we are required to give to the Internal Revenue Service. The Paulson Institute finances are audited by independent auditors on an annual basis.


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. To avoid conflicts of interest, employees adhere to strict conflict-of-interest policies and procedures provided in an employee handbook.