Gift-giving Options and Guidelines
Giving a gift to a foreign colleague may be appropriate, or even expected, but can also run afoul of U.S. anti-bribery laws - especially if your colleague qualifies as a foreign official. Listed below are some practices to help keep you on the right side of the law:
- Stick to gifts of nominal value (e.g., $100 or less): safest are those tied directly to Yale and its mission, such as a copy of a book by a faculty member, a scarf bearing a Yale insignia, or a photograph of the Yale campus.
- Be mindful of why you are giving a gift and how it may be interpreted by the recipient (or a regulator): U.S. laws prohibit the giving of gifts in exchange for influence, advantage or action.
- Present the gift publicly: make it clear that it’s an expression of conventional hospitality or a token of appreciation in the context of a visit; highlight Yale and the work being done with Yale.
- Understand who qualifies as a foreign official: not just government officials, but also employees of any state-run entity such as hospitals and universities.
- Follow University policy: review Yale Policy 3303, Gifts from University Funds, section 3303.4, Institutional Gifts.
A gift that has the Yale name on it will ensure a lasting memory of the Yale experience. To find a list of approved vendors offering licensed insignia merchandise, contact Yale Licensing.