The Launch of the New Charity Governance Code09-Aug-2017
A partnership of leading charity organisations has recently launched a revised set of governance and guidelines to strengthen good practice within the charity sector.
Following almost a year of development, and after receiving over 200 responses from consultation with various bodies within and around the voluntary sector, the newly updated Charity Governance Code is now available.
This Code represents a collective contribution, from the sector and by the sector, to strengthen what charities do and as well as the way that charities carry out their work; with the final draft overseen and aided in part from the insight of the cross-sector steering group.
The Charity Commission has also recognised and is in support of these new guidelines, and has taken down its own Hallmarks of Effective Charities guidance in favour of supporting the Code; with the Commission advising the new Code raises the bar in response to the challenges that the sector has faced over recent years.
The Code is said to be purposefully ambitious, and may be seen to be a challenge to achieve some elements of its recommended practice; but sentiment from NCVO suggests that this was deliberately done because the Code would be an on-going task of improvement rather than a tick-box exercise.
Among the many sentiments about the Code; one of the partners within the steering group, ACEVO, advise the guidelines are a valuable resource, citing them as a key tool , and encourage the Code are adopted by any charity for its guidelines and recommendations.
For more information visit the Governance Code’s new website.