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Comment: Point to Director CoC resolution

(Note: this page is not official policy.  For a related official resolution, see )

As Directors of the Apache Software Foundation, we should ascribe to a higher standard when it comes to real or perceived conflict of interests.


  1. Do not accept any gift including travel, services, or benefits of any kind from any person or entity that you are aware Apache does business with and that might appear, to an independent observer, to influence your professional judgment, decisions or actions made on behalf of Apache.
  2. Do not engage in any activity, paid or unpaid, that resulted in, or could appear to an independent observer to have resulted in, an actual or possible conflict of your commitment to Apache.
  3. If you or any immediate family (spouse, domestic partner or children) have any Significant Financial Interest (SFI) or have any material financial interest (MFI) in any entity that directly or indirectly sponsors your work or provides Apache with goods or services related to your Institutional Responsibilities you should declare that in:

    1. officers/irs-affiliations.txt
  4. If you served in any capacity (compensated or uncompensated) for any person or entity that, to the best of your knowledge, engages in transactions with Apache, you should declare it. Typically the last 12 months is a good rule of thumb as a timeline. Transactions with Apache include:

    1. A third party company in which you have an advisory, ownership, board membership, or other management interest

    2. Has made gifts to Apache that benefit you, or your work at Apache

    3. Has products or interests that could reasonably appear to be related to your work at Apache

    4. Licenses Institute intellectual property in which you have an interest as an inventor

    5. Sells goods or services to Apache that you use in your work


titleTimelines matter

Typically the timeline for accepting gifts, and the amount of gifts matter.


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