Accountability Policies

Food First Privacy Policy

Last updated December 24, 2013

Food First respects your privacy. We collect personally identifiable information on our website and via other media to provide us with a sense of where members of our network live and work. We keep this information confidential. We do not sell, rent, share, or otherwise disclose our mailing lists or other personally identifiable information to third parties if you have asked us to keep it confidential. We maintain contact information of those who contact us so that we may contact them at a later date. We do not store any credit card information.

If you have questions or suggestions about this privacy policy, please contact us at or by phone at 510-654-4400.

Food First Whistleblower Policy

Approved by the Board of Directors, February 16, 2013

If any employee reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy is in violation of law, a written complaint may be filed by that employee with the Executive Director.

It is the intent of members of the Board of Directors to adhere to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization, and the underlying purpose of this Policy is to support the organization’s goal of legal compliance. The support of all employees is necessary to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations. An employee is protected from retaliation only if the employee brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy, or practice to the attention of the Executive Director and provides the Executive Director with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. The protection described below is only available to employees that comply with this requirement.

The Executive Director will not retaliate against an employee who, in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of the Institute for Food and Development Policy, or of any individual or entity with whom staff members had a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law or a clear mandate of public policy.

The Executive Director will not retaliate against an employee who discloses or threatens to disclose to a supervisor or a public body any activity, policy, or practice of the Institute for Food and Development Policy that the employee reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule, or regulation mandated pursuant to law, or is in violation of a clear mandate or public policy concerning health, safety, welfare, or protection of the environment.