Conflict of interest policy for members

The Health Coalition Aotearoa is an incorporated society governed by Rules that comply with the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.  The Health Coalition Aotearoa Rules require that anyone who wishes to become a member of the society must declare any commercial or other interests that might potentially conflict with the purposes or policies of the Health Coalition Aotearoa.

The main purpose of the Health Coalition Aotearoa is

” …to benefit the community by promoting health for all New Zealanders, especially through the prevention of harm from the unhealthy products of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods (as defined by the World Health Organisation).”

Additionally, “The Society will abide by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promote pro-equity actions to improve health.” 

The commercial activities of the tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food industries (‘relevant industries’) are potentially in conflict with the HCA’s aims and objectives. Therefore, all prospective members (organisations or individuals) need to declare potential conflicts of interest to ensure that the Coalition’s independence, reputation, integrity and credibility are maintained. Prospective members with significant potential conflicts of interest including any past significant relationships with harmful industries (as assessed by the Board) will be denied membership.

Examples of potential conflicts of interest for organisations or individuals are, within the last 10 years:

  • Being employed, funded, sponsored or contracted by relevant industries
  • Receiving funding or expenses for research projects, speaking, projects, events or any activity by relevant industries
  • Being on a board, advisory committee or other group related to the relevant industries. Being in partnerships, alliances or other collective organisations with relevant industries
  • Any other personal or organisational affiliation which has aims or goals that undermine or conflict with the purposes of HCA.

Prospective members with potential conflicts of interest are encouraged to discuss these proactively with the Board. By applying for individual or organisational membership of HCA, you acknowledge and agree to support the constitutional purposes of the HCA, which you may read more about here.