Please forgive me for this question, which may seem obvious to those in the know, but as an interested outside member of the public, could someone explain to me, or point me in the direction of, the rules relating to Conflicts of Interest of Board members and the ability to validly vote on proposals / decisions taken by the Board which are subject to a vote ?
Are Board members entitled to vote on a proposal submitted to for decision by the Board if they have a declared conflict of interest ?
If they are not entitled to vote, is that a blanket lack of entitlement for any given voting session, or limited only to a specific issue submitted for vote ?
Which rules, if any, are written down or available for consultation, that deal with Board member conflicts of interest, how they are interpreted, under which laws, etc ?
Having followed from a distance the exchanges about CoI of certain board members, I’m still confused as to what the actual rules are, how they apply to a Board member with a declared conflict of interest, and what the consequences are of that CoI in relation to the operational capacity of a member with a CoI.
Presumably, there are some written legal safeguards in the foundation’s paperwork that are available to the public to avoid a situation in which members with CoI are still able to vote on issues for which they have a declared interest ?
From both a personal (as a user, and community participant within the project) and professional perspective (LibreOffice is used in my small IP law office as the daily office suite), I’m somewhat concerned that there appears to be a degree of stagnation with regard to the activities of the Board as a whole, and a perception that the Board is not in a position to operate to the full extent of its remit. It would be a great shame were that to be the case, and if not resolved soon, I fear that this might have non-negligible repercussions on the very existence and continuation of the Foundation. After all, without a functional Board, how will anything get done ? If nothing gets done, what’s the point of having a Foundation at all ?
Hopefully, my concerns can be adequately addressed, and that really, there is nothing to worry about.