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Human Subjects Research and Investigation

Overview

The Ikoku Group is committed to fostering and conducting the most beneficial, humane and respectful modes of research and investigation involving human subjects.

Therefore, persons and entities engaged in activity within, for, on behalf of, in reference to and more generally pertaining to The Ikoku Group are expected to uphold the following:

Your Agreement

— With respect to the Agreement you enter into with The Ikoku Group via the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you understand and adhere to the following:

Persons Adhering to Agreement
that, with the exception of the Founder and Owner, the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation is to be adhered to by a wide range of associated individuals and communities ― including but not limited to board and committee members, leadership, management, officers, staff, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, collaborators, partners, and visitors and users ― as they work in their capacity to establish, further develop, operate, collaborate with, carry out the mission and purposes of, and also visit, use and participate in the offerings of The Ikoku Group.
Applicability and Governance of Agreement
that the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation governs any and all of your access, actions, activity, communication, operations, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites.
Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in any access, action, activity, communication, operation, participation or other use in, with, for, on behalf of, in reference to or otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites — directly or indirectly as further described below — you are agreeing to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Direct and Indirect Entry and Continuation of Agreement
that whenever you engage in the above described activities directly or indirectly — whether engaged in through The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or through persons and entities working with The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, and its Products and Services, including the Sites; or working with such engaged activities and resulting media, materials or otherwise — you are also agreeing to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation as well as the associated Codes and Policies that collectively constitute The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct, as they are amended from time to time.
Binding Nature and Validity of Agreement
that you are also thus indicating that you understand the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and the Codes and Policies, that you intend them to be the legal equivalent of a signed, written contract, equally binding, and that you accept such Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and Codes and Policies and agree to be legally bound by them (your “Agreement”).
Agreement On Behalf of Organization
that if you are engaging in any of the above described activities, communication or uses for or on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to this Agreement on behalf of that organization, and represent and warrant that you can do so.
In Case of Non-Agreement or Inability to Honor
that you will not engage in any of the above described activities, communication or uses if you do not agree to all of the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation or the Codes and Policies or if your jurisdiction will not honor them.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Your Consent to The Policy

With respect to your ability to agree and consent to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you represent and warrant the following:

Your Power and Authority
that you have the power and authority to enter into the agreement entailed in the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, including, where applicable, the power and authority to enter into the agreement on behalf of an organization.
Required Age or Permission and Supervision
that you are at least eighteen (18) years old or if younger at least thirteen (13) years old and engage in activity, communication, operation, participation, visit or other use in relation to The Ikoku Group, its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, or its Products and Services, including the Sites with the permission and supervision of an adult parent or guardian.
Reading and Understanding
that you have read and understood the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation.
Voluntary Nature of Consent
that you understand your consent to be voluntary in nature.
Agreement and Consent
that you consented to and agreed to be legally bound by the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products and Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree that your consent meets the conditions, principles and requirements for consent, as delineated and described in a these Codes and Policies — for the specific purpose of consenting to this Policy, the Agreement and the Codes and Policies.

Your Abiding by The Policies

You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and the Codes and Policies, as they are amended from time to time, and in their entirety without modification.

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of human subjects research and investigation as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by The Ikoku Group in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not misused or unethically conducted, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Biospecimens, Data and Information

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of biospecimens, data and information as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by The Ikoku Group in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not misused or unethically processed, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Human Subjects Research Principles and Rights

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by understandings of human subjects research principles and of human subjects research rights as defined in all applicable law and regulation, by The Ikoku Group in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be respected and not infringed or violated, in any way, by you.

Your Understanding of Human Subjects Research Protections

— You represent, warrant and covenant that, given the above attestation about your consent and adherence to the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, you have also read, understood, consented to and agreed to be legally bound by and abide by protections for human subjects, for human subjects research, for biospecimens, data and information, for human subjects principles and for human subjects rights, as they are provided for and defined in all applicable law and regulation, by The Ikoku Group in the Codes and Polices, and as further delineated below, to be fulfilled and respected and not breached or violated, in any way, by you.

Your Commitment to the Understandings

— You also represent, warrant and covenant that, given the aforementioned attestation, your commitment to these understandings of human subjects, of human subjects research, of biospecimens, data and information, of human subjects principles, of human subjects rights, and of their protections shall entail the following:

Basis for Your Actions, Activity and Decisions
its basis for any human subjects research activity you engage in with respect to The Ikoku Group — including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates, as well as its Products and Services — and that any such actions and decisions you engage in shall be free of any incompatibility with, inconsistency with or violation of this Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation and all applicable laws, protections and regulations.
Commitment to Informed Consent
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at The Ikoku Group reasonably informed consent and informing consent process before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Care and Safety
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at The Ikoku Group protections of their care and safety before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Confidentiality
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at The Ikoku Group protections of confidentiality before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and confidential, personal, private and sensitive biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Privacy
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every human research subject concerned at The Ikoku Group protections of privacy before, during and after the conduct of activities involving research and confidential, personal, private and sensitive biospecimens, data and information.
Commitment to Necessary Limitations
that this commitment include but not be limited to ensuring and maintaining for every person concerned at The Ikoku Group the limiting of processing of confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information to what is strictly necessary for the research activity, communication, operation, product, service or other use and purposes consented to by the owner of the confidential, personal, private and sensitive data and information.
Commitment to Protections Following From and Ahead of the Law
that you also respectfully assist and in no way interfere with or impede the reasonable efforts taken by The Ikoku Group to obtain, keep current and comply with required human subjects research guidelines, law and regulation, as they pertain to applicable local, state, national and international jurisdictions, including but also often beyond what the law provides for and protects with respect to human research subjects — especially, the Belmont ReportDeclaration of HelsinkiNuremburg Code, United States Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ActUnited States Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects, and United Nations Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights, as well as The Ikoku Group’s Policy on Data and Information, itself further informed by the California Consumer Privacy Act and European Union General Data Protection Regulation and a number of privacy protections in California, including the constitutional right to privacy provided for in the State Constitution of California.

And furthermore, by using or visiting, in any way, The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of The Ikoku Group, any area, part, section or properties of its divisions, series, subsidiaries or affiliates, as well as any of the Products or Services, including the Sites, you accept and agree to the terms, conditions and requirements described above, and in these Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification.

Accordance with Ethics

— that The Ikoku Group ensure following the above principles further remains in accordance with the Codes and Policies and especially the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics.

Further Considerations

Your Knowledge and Agreement

The Ikoku Group strongly recommends you develop and maintain your knowledge of all the Codes and Policies, and so asks that you read, understand and regularly visit this page and other communications regarding the Policy on Human Subjects Research and Investigation, as well as the Codes and Policies. The Ikoku Group takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your knowledge, understanding, legally binding acceptance and agreement.

Your Duty to Company Integrity

To protect the company and organizational integrity of The Ikoku Group — as well as the properties, rights and protections of the company and its official persons — The Ikoku Group requires all natural and legal persons concerned to read, understand, abide by and, where applicable, sign contracts and agreements delineated and described in the Policy on Company Integrity.

The Ikoku Group reminds you that the Policy on Company Integrity forms part of The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct. Thus, The Ikoku Group takes your continued visiting and use of its Products and Services, including its Sites, as active indication of your legally binding acceptance of this Policy as well as the Codes and Policies.

Your Questions and Feedback

Please contact policies@ikokugroup.com with any feedback, issues or questions — which will be addressed by the President and CEO, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

Your Reporting of Violations

If you detect, notice or are informed of a possible breach or violation of this Policy or any of these Codes and Policies, please contact policies@ikokugroup.com with any details you have — which will be addressed by the President, CEO and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.

The Definitions

As with all official documents, materials, policies and statements of The Ikoku Group, definitions for terms used here can be found in the main Codes and Policies page.

Man Standing in Traffic
City Centre, Lagos, Nigeria, September 2018 (Temitayo Aina)

The Policy Details

Children Gathered Smiling at Camera
Children Gathered, Sidamo, Ethiopia, 2017 (Trevor Cole)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)

Central and Associated Policies

Provision

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Group User Agreement and Code of Conduct consist of several Codes and Policies that collectively govern all of your activity with, within, for, in reference to and otherwise pertaining to The Ikoku Group, including its divisions, series, subsidiaries and affiliates. By continuing, you indicate that you understand that these Codes and Policies include — but are not limited to — the Founding and Mission Statement, the Founding and Governing Code of Ethics, the Policy on Company Integrity, the Policy on Independence and Freedoms, the Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality, the Terms and Conditions of Use and Service, and the Acceptable Uses Policy along with all Associated Codes and Policies. Access to the aforementioned is provided below.

Founding and Mission

Statement on Founding and Mission of The Ikoku Group (HTML and PDF)

Founding Code of Ethics

Founding Code of Ethics (HTML and PDF)

Company Integrity

Company Integrity (HTML and PDF)

Independence and Freedoms

Independence and Freedoms (HTML and PDF)

Privacy and Confidentiality

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality (HTML and PDF)

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions of Use and Service (HTML and PDF)

The Acceptable Uses Policy

Acceptable Use Policy (HTML and PDF)

All Policies

All Policies (HTML and PDF)

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Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Hands Raised in a Crowd
Hands Raised, Avel Chuklanov, 2015
Hands Holding Electric Bulb
Bulb in Hands, African Valley Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2016 (Riccardo Annandale)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)

Also at the Group

The Ikoku Group is dedicated to developing, providing and safekeeping ideas and solutions — with the mission to foster care and creativity, culture and communities, ethics and innovation in lives and societies. And so in accordance with the above, The Ikoku Group provides the following:

I.

A Company of and about Ethics

A company and divisions whose ethics and policies are carefully crafted, then adhered to by a range of individuals and entities working in varied relation to The Ikoku Group and its divisions to establish, develop and operate a private company dedicated to fostering care and creativity, ethics and innovation.

II.

Built with Integrity and Respect in Mind

A company and divisions who take as their basis the most robust conceptions of humanity, integrity and respect as well as independence and fundamental freedoms, liberties and rights — up to and beyond what the law protects and provides for — as they carry out and embody their founding and core mission and purposes.

III.

Areas of Focus Chosen for Mission and Work

And a company and divisions whose areas of focus have been expressly chosen to ensure attention to issues of enduring concern to the Founder — and so committed to providing products, services, sites and spaces that remain safe, secure and respectful places to do work, to teach and learn, to form, inform and even alter local and global communities.

More About Us

The Ikoku Group

The Ikoku Group was formed to foster care and creativity, ethics and innovation in work and communities of enduring concern to its founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and partners.

— About Us

Mission, Scope, Founder

Founded as a US limited liability company, The Ikoku Group is engaged in work that is both domestic and international in scope, concerned as it is with offering services to communities and entities located across borders.

— Founding & Governance

Nature, Leadership, Ethics

The Ikoku Group is governed by its Founder‘s Agreement, by its Founding Ethics, and by a set of associated Policies — each thoughtfully derived from the above and collectively constituting the Group governance documents.

— Policies

Agreement, Laws, Terms, Conditions

Where available, The Group provides updates on news, events and media coverage pertaining to its operation, development, work, and communities.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Coverage

Where appropriate, The Group also provides alerts, newsletters and periodic reports for those who wish to sign up for, receive them — and thus become more deeply informed of recent developments and our past and ongoing work.

— Reports

Alerts, Newsletters, Periodicals

Those interested in its mission, objectives and work may contact The Ikoku Group for positions in its management, employee and contributing staff, and board and committee membership. A career at The Group will likely be deeply rewarding.

— Careers at The Ikoku Group

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