After a year of discussion and consultation, I’m delighted that we’re finally launching the new charity governance code. The code provides a framework for charities to meet current day expectations of what good governance looks like, and it will help charities shape a continuous improvement to their approach.
The code is overseen by a steering group of sector infrastructure bodies and I chair the group, in an independent capacity.
In writing the new code we’ve looked at good practice found in other governance codes and we’ve worked hard to listen to as many voices as possible so that we get the code right. We received over 200 responses to our consultation on a draft version and we’ve also appreciated the technical input, advice and support that we’ve received from critical friends along the way.
We’re delighted that the Charity Commission has endorsed the Charity Governance Code; they describe it as representing a standard of good governance practice to which all charities should aspire. The regulator is encouraging all charities to read, follow and apply the code proportionately to their circumstances.
Some of the changes that we’ve made following consultation include:
You can find the Code on our new, interactive website www.charitygovernancecode.org
We will keep the charity governance code under regular review so that it stays abreast of sector and governance developments.
We’d welcome your feedback on the code, and we look forward to seeing how charities use and adopt the code.
Rosie Chapman, Chair, Charity Governance Code Steering Group
A longer version of this blog first appeared on ICSA: The Governance Institute’s website.
rcadmin July 28th, 2017