So I am a low level analyst at a large consulting firm. We are not allowed to accept personal gifts from clients due to this being a potential conflict of interest.
I use a large well known database, paid for by my practice, to perform most of my work. I was recently offered a $350 Amazon gift card to participate in a 45 min survey about how I utilize this database by the database itself.
How should I go about this? Can I ethically take the gift card, do I need to ask my boss about this, etc?
The database is not a current or past client and is paying me only for participation in the survey.
Any help is appreciated.