Indicators of Influence
These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in New Zealand.
Industry participation in policy development
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Tobacco industry-related CSR activities
3 / 20
Benefits given to the tobacco industry
4 / 20
Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry
2 / 20
Procedure for transparency measures
5 / 20
Avoiding conflicts of interest
4 / 20
11 / 30
These are ways New Zealand can deter interference from the tobacco industry:
- Implement a government program to maintain awareness and compliance of Article 5.3 consistently across all government departments and agencies. Ensure robust monitoring and public reporting.
- Increase transparency:
- Collect and publicly report tobacco industry data on profits, taxes, spending on marketing, philanthropy, research and CSR in a single public repository.
- Any communications between the tobacco industry and all government departments and agencies should be actively published, along with transcripts of meetings.
- Implement rules mandating that the government does not provide financial aid in any way to the tobacco industry.
- Exclude tobacco from treaties.
- Ban tobacco industry CSR activities in New Zealand.
- Restrict lobbying: Create a government transparency lobbying register and make it a legal requirement for all tobacco industry and affiliated organizations and individuals to register before any lobbying.
- Conflict of interest policies:
- Update the code of conduct for all public officials, prescribing standards for how they should deal with the tobacco industry.
- Prohibit public officials from holding positions in the tobacco industry either during or after their public employment.
- Prohibit the tobacco industry from making all forms of contributions to political parties or government officials.
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