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International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI)

ILSI: Collaborative science for safe, nutritious and sustainable food.

Washington, DC   |  https://ilsi.org/

Mission

ILSI is a nonprofit, worldwide organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Organizations join ILSI Entities to collaborate with leading scientists from academia, government, and industry to identify and resolve precompetitive scientific issues of common concern. Because of their unique public-private make up, ILSI Entities fill knowledge gaps and serve society in ways that any one organization on its own cannot. ILSI’s bylaws require that at least half of the Board of Trustees come from the public sector. The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting and enforcing organizational policies and ensuring scientific integrity and financial transparency. Unlike trade associations, ILSI does not lobby or express explicit positions on legislation. ILSI’s Mandatory Policies expressly forbids lobby activities of any kind. ILSI advocates for the use of science in making decisions that affect human and environmental health, but it does not make policy recommendations or seek to influence legislative outcomes toward a particular decision.

Ruling year info

1983

Global Executive Director

Stephane Vidry PhD

Main address

740 15th St NW Ste 600

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1131788

NTEE code info

Biological & Life Sciences (U50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ILSI Global collaborates with leading scientists from academia, government, and industry to identify and resolve precompetitive scientific issues of common concern. Because of their unique public-private make up, ILSI Entities fill knowledge gaps and serve society in ways that any one organization on its own cannot. ILSI embraces respectful dialogue on food safety, nutrition and health, risk science and toxicology, and sustainable agriculture from stakeholders with widely varying perspectives from government, academia and industry. ILSI’s multi-sector operating model is specifically designed so that no one interest dominates. Decisions about our research efforts require representation and agreement by government, academic and industry scientists. ILSI has a commitment to achieve and maintain the highest standards of scientific integrity through our Principles for Scientific Integrity, found in our Mandatory Policies. Learn more at ILSI.org

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Safety

ILSI’s food safety programs contribute to better prevention, detection, and response to intentional and unintentional contamination of our food and water systems.

ILSI's food safety programs contribute to better prevention, detection, and response to intentional and unintentional contamination of the food supply.

Learn more about ILSI's Food Safety Program: https://ilsi.org/science-research/food-safety/

Population(s) Served
Health

ILSI’s comprehensive nutrition and health programs are designed to improve scientific understanding of nutritional requirements throughout the lifecycle; food components that contribute to health beyond basic nutrition; eating behavior; healthy aging; and more.

ILSI's nutrition and health programs are comprehensive.
ILSI's programs are designed to improve scientific understanding of eating behavior; nutrition throughout the lifecycle; food components that contribute to health beyond basic nutrition; and much more.

Learn more at https://ilsi.org/science-research/nutrition-health/.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

ILSI translates science into practical tools that help protect the health of the environment, ensure the safety of our food and water supplies, and demonstrate the safety and efficacy of drugs and consumer products.

ILSI’s very first work in 1978 focused on the toxicology and risk/benefit of food ingredients. Since then, our clinical research and translation of science into practical tools has expanded to many areas of risk science, including its application to environmental safety; food and water safety; drug safety; and consumer product safety.

Learn more at https://ilsi.org/science-research/risk-science-toxicology/.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

ILSI’s programs in sustainable agriculture and nutrition security deal with the challenges of increased food demand and impacts of climate change on food systems through an informed, collaborative approach.

ILSI’s programs in sustainable agriculture and nutrition security deal with the challenges of increased global food demand and regional impacts of climate change in an informed, collaborative, and sustainable manner.

Learn more at https://ilsi.org/science-research/sustainable-agriculture-nutrition-security/.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

ILSI is proud to bring together thousands of world-class scientific leaders to address scientific topics from many different perspectives. We know that public-private partnerships are important because diverse perspectives make research stronger. This multi-sector approach to tackling scientific questions ensures representation of a variety of viewpoints and helps to create robust processes for research, risk assessment, educational activities, and capacity building.

Learn more at https://ilsi.org/covid-19-webinar-recordings/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

ILSI SEA Region’s Technical Committee and Expert Panel on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) was established in 2008-2009. The Expert Panel is comprised of more than 10 SEA regional researchers and experts with the objective of facilitating the review and updating scientific understanding and nutrition related issues on maternal, early childhood nutrition and growth development. The Expert Panel aims to identify research gaps and recommend research needs; the development and publication of scientific documents to share status and available data, as well as recommendations on utilization of science-based information for health improvement program implementation.

Learn more at https://ilsi.org/science-research/maternal-and-child-nutrition-improvement-in-southeast-asia-region/.

Population(s) Served
Health
Health

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of website sessions

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of website pageviews

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new website visitors

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ILSI generates and advances groundbreaking research to ensure foods are safe, nutritious and sustainable to help overcome global food challenges.

Through publishing peer-reviewed research, hosting convenings of experts to discuss and advance important issues to public health and nutrition, and fostering effective, efficient public-private partnerships.

ILSI staff around the world – at ILSI Global’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. and throughout 10 additional ILSI entities – as well as its members and valued expert volunteers who donate their time and expertise to uphold ILSI's flawless scientific publication track record, its commitment to the highest scientific standards and its adherence to rigorous scientific principles demonstrating scientific integrity.

ILSI, a global nonprofit federation dedicated to generating and advancing research in nutrition, food safety and sustainability, continued to provide opportunities for scientists and experts to publish their research, attend trainings and participate in insightful, innovative events. Through support from members, ILSI was able to host informative programming to make a difference in the health and well-being of people around the world.

To further its support of students in nutrition and food science, as well as early-career scientists, ILSI
published the 11th edition of the accessible, comprehensive resource, Present Knowledge in Nutrition. This textbook provides current, reliable and sourced information on a variety of important topics, from basic nutrition and metabolism to the microbiome and the role of nutrition in cognition. Divided into two volumes for improved portability, ILSI’s textbook is a go-to resource for advanced undergraduate students, as well as graduate and postgraduate students. Even experienced, seasoned nutrition experts find Present Knowledge in Nutrition a helpful resource to have on their bookshelves.

ILSI hopes to continue its growth to have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of everyone.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI)

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Todd Abraham

Mondelz International (Retired) USA


Board co-chair

Dr. Sushila Chang

Griffith University Australia

Cristina Nerin

University of Zaragoza Spain

Connie Weaver

San Diego State University & Weaver and Associates Consulting LLC. United States

Susanne Kettler

Firmenich USA

Sara Valdés

University of Mexico Mexico

Ming-Ju Chen

National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Jelena Helene Cvejic

University of Novi Sad Serbia

Emorn Udomkesmalee

Mahidol University, Thailand

Louise Dye

University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Michael Doyle (Ex-officio)

University of Georgia (Retired), USA

Kerr Dow (Ex-officio)

Cargill, Incorporated (Retired), USA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.