To do what we can to be of most benefit to life and to cause as little harm as possible!
All directors, officers, employees, trustees, and independent contractors of the corporation and all directors, officers, employees, trustees, and independent contractors of any subsidiary, successor or other entity engaged in a business relationship with the corporation (Referred to in this section as “Ahimsa Adherents”) shall make their best good-faith efforts to adhere to the Ahimsa Policy of the corporation which is stated as follows:
Based on the values of Ahimsa (harmlessness), self-help, and universal responsibility, the Ahimsa Adherents believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, the unity and equality of all life and caring for others and agree to conduct themselves with the following precepts:
Refraining from Lying. The Ahimsa Adherents must not share information if it is known to be, or is demonstrated to be untrue. The structure of the four noble truths and the eightfold noble path provide a scientific methodology for establishing what is and what is not, true, relatively, in as much as something causes suffering or the liberation from suffering. It is in that sense that we discern and mean truth, albeit relatively.
Refraining from Stealing. The Ahimsa Adherents will refrain from taking what isn’t freely given in the hearts of all. Information is the currency of democracy, and therefore all information pertaining to the business of The Foundation for Common Good is freely available, all the systems and products of the Foundation for Common Good will be transparent and open-source.
Refraining from Killing or Causing Harm to Others. The Ahimsa Adherents shall refrain from killing. Specifically, the Ahimsa Adherents will respect that all activities that are funded by The Foundation for Common Good will be vegan and observe the rule of Ahimsa or nonviolence.
Refraining from Sexual Misconduct. The Ahimsa Adherents shall refrain from the promotion of sexual misconduct or covetousness.
Refraining from Intoxication. The Ahimsa Adherents shall refrain from the intoxication of people or the environment. Specifically, the Ahimsa Adherents will refrain from causing or promoting a loss of control of individual or other faculties of behaviour or the use of materials that are poisonous to life when engaged in any aspect of the activities of The Foundation for Common Good’s business.
3.2. The Directors shall form an Ahimsa Committee to advise the corporation on and develop policies with respect to the Ahimsa Policy. The Ahimsa Committee shall be comprised of at least one Board member of the corporation and any subsidiary of the corporation along with number of committee members duly elected by the Directors of the corporation as the Directors may decide from time to time in accordance with Section 5.15 of this Agreement.
3.3. The Ahimsa Committee shall develop fair and democratic internal remedies in the event of a breach of the terms Ahimsa Policy. The Ahimsa Committee is not authorized to create any remedies which would require litigation or any other form of legal action including formal mediation or arbitration tribunals. It is the express policy of the corporation that it will not engage in formal legal action, whether through the courts, or an arbitration or mediation tribunal, against any Ahimsa Adherent on the basis that he or she breached the terms of the Ahimsa Policy.
3.4. Section 3 of the Bylaws shall not be repealed or amended by vote of the Directors or Members of this organization or any Directors or Members of any successor organization unless this section in whole or in part is in direct conflict with California or Federal law.