1. Protecting and promoting the organisation’s reputation
Introducing a Code of Conduct
Links to Code of Conduct information are given under ‘Principle 3 – Working Effectively – Activities and Resources’, Item 5: Maintaining effective relationships within the board
Nolan’s ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’ are also useful and can be viewed at: www.public-standards.org.uk/About/The_7_Principles.html
2. Taking decisions and actions based on ethical standards
Setting Out Your Principles and Values
If you haven’t yet thought about or discussed the principles and values that really matter to your organisation, then the ‘Living Values’ booklet is good place to start.
This can be found under ‘Advice and Support’ / ‘Governance and Leadership’ / ‘Resources’ on the NCVO website www.ncvo-vol.org.uk.
3. Identifying, understanding and managing conflicts of interest
Activity – Understanding and Managing Conflicts of Interest
This activity explains conflicts of interest, and how to identify and manage them in your organisation – there is a model policy and a template for a simple register of interests:
The Charity Commission provides more detailed information in ‘A guide to conflicts of interest for charity trustees’. This information can be found in the ‘Charity Requirements and Guidance’ / ‘Charity Governance’ / ‘Good Governance’ section of their website www.charitycommission.gov.uk.
Another more detailed model Conflict of Interest policy which also covers receipt of gifts is available from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) website www.icsaglobal.com under ‘Resources’ / ‘Not for profit’ / ‘Charity Trustees’. There is also ICSA guidance on Registers of Interests and Declaration of Interest form, all of which can be downloaded from the Policy and Guidance section of the ICSA website.
The Charity Commission’s guidance ‘Trustee expenses and payments’ (publication CC11) gives further information. It can be downloaded from the Commission’s Guidance page under ‘Charity Requirements and Guidance’ / ‘View All Guidance’ on the Commission’s website www.charitycommission.gov.uk.
4. Ensuring that its decisions are made independently
Charities’ independence from the State is covered in depth in the Charity Commission publication RR7 – ‘The Independence of Charities from the State’. It can be downloaded from the Commission’s Guidance page under ‘Charity Requirements and Guidance’ / ‘View All Guidance’ on the Commission’s website www.charitycommission.gov.uk.