In the wake of recent scandals in the community, voluntary and charity sector, and with greater public scrutiny of the sector, it is more important than ever to highlight your organisation’s good work and achievements. This reassures your stakeholders and the public at large that you are serious about ensuring the best possible service and value for those who access and support your organisation.
Compliance with the Governance Code provides your organisation with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the highest possible governance standards.
It shows you have a clear sense of your mission and direction.
You have clear policies and practices that ensure your compliance with relevant legislation and regulation.
You understand and are able to manage risk, and your organisation is financially sound.
You are transparent and accountable to anyone who has a legitimate interest in your organisation.
You ensure that your board meetings are efficient and effective.
You demonstrate your integrity by being honest, fair and independent.
After you have completed the Governance Code journey, you will be in a position to publicly state your compliance. When your organisation’s details have been included on the Code’s Compliance List, you should display the Public Statement of Compliance, for example on your office wall, in your newsletter or annual report, and/or on your website. Your website is like a “shop window” for your organisation. It is a very effective way for people with an interest in your work to get a handle on what you do and how you do it. You should indicate your compliance with the Governance Code clearly on your website. You can and should use the Governance Code logo, which you can request from the Governance Code at email@example.com.
A quick look through websites and publicity materials of organisations that have complied with the Governance Code gives a good indication of how they have made their public statement of compliance:
Shine: Shine complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.
The Children’s Rights Alliance: The Children’s Rights Alliance complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland. You can find our one-page compliance document here.
Care Alliance Ireland: Care Alliance Ireland is committed to high levels of governance and has been fully complaint with the Governance Code since November 2013.
Darndale Belcamp Village Centre: Since June 2016, we confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.
The Care Trust: We would like to reassure you by confirming that The Care Trust is compliant with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.
Carnew Training & Development Centre:We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.
It is also useful to link your compliance with other Codes such as the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, or other success stories from your organisation such as the Good Governance Awards.
If your organisation needs help with Governance Code compliance, check out the FREE resources on the Governance Code website. If you are looking for further information on governance and management best practice, check out Carmichael Centre’s KnowledgeNET.
Carmichael Centre also provides a Governance Code Support Service as well as customised and scheduled training on a range of topics including the Governance Code. Check out our upcoming Introduction to the Governance Code on May 9th.