Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency

To preserve the public's trust and protect the Society's strong reputation, the Society has adopted many of the governance practices used by publicly traded for-profit companies. The Society's written Code of Ethics Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy contains a mechanism for managing and disclosing conflicts of interest, as well as a Whistleblower Protection Policy for staff and volunteers.

In addition, the Society has established charters for all committees, including Audit, Compensation, Finance, Governance, and Nominating committees.

The Audit Committee assures accountability and transparency through its oversight of internal controls, compliance, ethics, and accounting processes and practices.

The Compensation Committee is composed of independent directors who assure that the total compensation paid to the Society’s executives is reasonable and complies with the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Finance Committee monitors the financial performance and strategy of the Society.

The Governance Committee is a committee of the corporation established to (i) ensure that the Society’s Board of Directors, as well as individual Board members, has the skills and competencies necessary to perform at the highest level, and (ii) support the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to identify persons for election as officers, directors, and Honorary Life Members.

These governance practices reflect the American Cancer Society's commitment to the highest standards of organizational integrity. For more information, please feel free to contact the Office of Corporate Communications or the Office of Enterprise Governance and Corporate Affairs at the American Cancer Society Global Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.