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Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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What did I try to do? I tried to figure out how the Foundation spent the money. It's not easy to figure out as the only source is the 990 forms that are only published once a year (in May). An expense or a grant awarded in January of 2020,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
First read this extract from the FSFW's Strategic Plan 2019-2021: Midpoint update (July 2020) and note the points with the yellow background. "Approaching the back end of the first Strategic Plan period, the Foundation is aligning resources to address COP9 in November 2021. The Foundation’s plan is to amplify research,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
FSFW videos (mostly very short -under 10 sec- clips) on Linkedin Following the advertising mantra of very short clips, under 8 sec for Linkedin, 10 minutes for YouTube. On the FSFW YouTube channel, very small audience and the average duration remains very brief, around 2/3 minutes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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This is what David posted -pro bono- in the Nicotine Policy Group on July 31 (one of many such posts) BAT and JTI results: Reduced Risk Products Still Doing Well Both BAT and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) have released second quarter results. The BAT info is available here, and JTI... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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The original cartoon that had TAXES and Prevention as captions was by my dear late friend Jean-Claude Marol who did a lot of great illustration work about tobacco control issues. 18 years later you are still much appreciated and powerful dear Jean-Claude. I miss you. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Honest Feedback
The videos listed on the FSFW website are classified among 5 categories. Very limited audience. Category Agriculture and livelihoods: 12 videos Launch of ATI (dec 2018) posted April 4, 2019, 15 minutes, 259 views The true cost of a cigarette, 15 minutes, oct 10, 2018, 504 views, Category Health and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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We saw that the FSFW intends to support a worldwide New Deal for tobacco farmers, starting with Malawi. While wishing them all the best and hoping the funds invested by FSFW do improve the lot of small tobacco farmers I do think this is essentially wishful thinking and extremely presumptuous.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Honest Feedback
As a native of South Africa, Derek Yach probably intended not to forget Africa when he decided on the main missions of FSFW. The Agriculture Transformation Initiative is described in the recent Context for Strategic Plan document, pages 14 to 17, (PDF). It makes for interesting reading with the good... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Honest Feedback
I am reading now Whistleblower and as I am humbled by Susan Fowler's amazing courage and persistence, I completely recognize her feeling of being betrayed by the very people who are supposed to help and protect you. No way HR is ever going to go against the hierarchy. My story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Honest Feedback
November 3 2017 - First meeting of the Board The 3 initial members are Derek Yach, Lisa Gable and Michael Sagner. Then during this meeting are elected Zoe Feldman and Dyborn Chibonga. Michael Sagner leaves after 9 months in June 2018 Lisa Gable, first Chair, leaves after a year in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Honest Feedback
You'll find below a copy of the page that is apparently no longer available about the FSFW's Scientific and Technical Advisory Council, at least I was unable to find it. The Council is mentioned in this document about the HST Agenda. In the page that disappeared, are listed as members,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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It took me a while to discover this small PDF format document titled Midpoint Update: Communications. I have copied it because it is a sad example of what's very wrong with the FSFW as far as 'communications' are concerned. Here we go, have a look at those 3 slides: A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Honest Feedback
Below the text of the complaint I sent to Derek Yach on November 18,2018 I only edited the names as X or Y November 18, 2018 Dear Derek, I am writing to let you know that last Wednesday afternoon (November 13) in London, after the meeting with Aaron about the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
I have already tried to tell here about my own personal experience of bullying and harassment that led on January 2019, to my resignation after 6 months of employment with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. I wrote "tried to tell" because almost two years later, I still feel the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
Unfortunately this letter of January 9th 2018 had no follow up, especially on points 8 about 'External scrutiny" and 11 "Transparency". Jean-François Etter kept monitoring the FSFW but the group of 7 did not persist in trying to obtain improvement in the way FSFW operates and publicly challenge it to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
This letter (PDF here) sent to Derek Yach on November 16, 2017 by Clive Bates and co-signed by six other tobacco control advocates is important because it spells out requirements to make the Foundation credible despite its funding by Philip Morris International. The 7 signatories are: Clive Bates, David Abrams,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
The first page of the 990-PF Form puts together key budget numbers. I have put together below the data for 2018 and 2019. They raise a few questions. Revenue: 80 million for both years Interest on savings: 613,991 - 1,160.854 +546,853 +89% Compensation of officers, directors: 1,626,418 - 2,401,017 +774,599... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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Just found out by visiting tobaccotactics about this short document titled Mid-Year report about operating expenses, July 2020 (PDF) and screenshot below. Of interest is the hiring of Heidi Goldstein as in house legal counsel (as of October 21, 2019 according to page 42 of the 2019-990, noting a compensation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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For me, false transparency is for an organization (like The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World under Derek Yach's management) to claim they are 'transparent' when the most complete information they provide is the annual 990 form that is a legal obligation and the rest is drastically incomplete information about their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Honest Feedback
On April 1st 2020, Derek Yach started the Global Health Perspectives Podcast As of August 25, 2020 he has hosted 26 sessions, listed below. At the beginning of podcast #20, posted on June 29, the podcast producer, Evan Hahn announced (for the first and only time): "At the top of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Honest Feedback
Chronology below for the 23 projects funded in 2020 by FSFW for 19 grantees. The original document (PDF), posted in their Mid-Point Strategic Plan update, is organized alphabetically by name of grantee and also includes 2018 and 2019 projects while excluding (as usual) the $ amount awarded, precisions about the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at Honest Feedback
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From the Awarded Grants list posted on the FSFW website: Questions: What persons are 'behind' "Just Managing Consulting", "Cornell University", "Healthy Initiatives", "American Masala"? A short research brings us the information about the first two, including the amount of the grant awarded for "Cornell U' but the opacity/secrecy remain complete... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at Honest Feedback
The minutes of the FSFW board meetings until March 2019 are still accessible now on Archive.org (site of the Internet Archive) but not any longer on the Foundation's site. Why? board meeting minutes March 2019 February 2019 December 2018 November 2018 September 27 2018 September 6 2018 June 2018 May... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at Honest Feedback