Most countries would have privacy laws that prevent organisations (with exceptions for law
and tax enforcement organisations) attaining and/or having access to an employee/board
member’s bank account.
Would be pointless anyway, since kickbacks don’t have to be paid into a bank
WMAU has an internal COI register for all committee (board) members. Any time a COI
arises, it needs to be disclosed. During meetings, depending on the COI the person(s) need
abstain from voting or leave the meeting.
On 21 May
2020, at 5:23 am, Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Awhile back I saw a
joke that when reading a newspaper someone had
difficulty distinguishing between the business section and the crime
section. These days, the politics section could cause similar
confusion. Recently I have wondered about the extent to which WMF and
the affiliates take steps to prevent conflicts of interest in
I am not aware of any evidence of recent financial conflicts of
interest, but I think that taking steps to prevent and detect any
problems would be prudent.
For example, is there any monitoring of the bank accounts of board
members and executives to ensure that they are not receiving kickbacks
from companies that have contracts with the organizations? Also, are
there "cooling off periods" which contractually require that
executives and board members of WMF and Wikimedia affiliates not
become employees of companies that have had financial relationships
with their organizations until at least a few years after their
employment or board membership with the Wikimedia organization?
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