RFF is committed to conducting impartial, independent research and policy analysis that has impact. This is why we have been called upon as a trusted source of insight into energy, environmental, and natural resource decisionmaking since 1952. Our commitment to research integrity is grounded in RFF’s five core values: Balance, Independence, Rigor, Respect, and Results. In short, we do not advocate or lobby on behalf of our partners, collaborators, or supporters; design or execute our efforts to the benefit of specific entities; or allow undue outside influence to impact our work.
While RFF is permitted to undertake some amount of lobbying activity by law, in order to ensure our independence and impartiality, RFF as an institution does not lobby at all. This policy includes both direct lobbying, or attempting to influence legislators, and grassroots lobbying, or attempting to influence legislation by influencing the general public. Our researchers provide their nonpartisan expertise to policymakers, but neither our individual researchers nor the institution as a whole take positions on specific legislative proposals. This policy extends to lobbying activities intended to influence foreign, national, state, or local legislation.
In the spirit of collaboration and scholarly advancement, RFF researchers may seek input from various stakeholders, but always have the final say on the content of their work. Our partners agree that they will at no time seek to unduly influence RFF’s research methodology or conclusions. RFF reserves the right to offer advanced review to individuals and organizations of RFF’s choosing, whose perspectives may differ or altogether diverge from that of RFF or our partners, as well as the right to choose whether to accept or incorporate comments or feedback.
By supporting RFF, or by joining us in a collaboration or partnership on any endeavor, our supporters are demonstrating their shared acceptance and absolute commitment to upholding these principles.