Refresh of the Charity Governance Code: Public consultation

Today, a public consultation on the Charity Governance Code opens, to shape and inform updates to the Code. The consultation welcomes feedback on the Code from both users and non-users. The consultation survey will be open until 11 August 2024.

As a member of the steering group responsible for the Code, CGIUKI welcomes responses from members and non-members alike, to help us to understand how the Code can go even further in supporting good governance in the charity sector.

Consultation

The consultation is open to trustees, those working in governance roles in charities, and wider charity sector representatives and networks. The feedback gathered will inform a new version of the Code, which is due to be published in 2025. There is a brief set of questions for those who are unfamiliar with or who do not use the Code, which focus on making the Code more accessible.

The consultation covers:

  • Whether the principles of the Code need to evolve to meet new challenges in charity governance
  • How the Code’s outcomes and recommended practice could be made more actionable
  • The accessibility of the Code, and barriers to using it
  • How to ensure the Code is sustainably resourced
  • Further feedback

Radojka Miljevic, chair of the Charity Governance Code steering group, said:

 “This consultation is an important opportunity for us to hear from the sector about the Code’s content, structure, applicability to different sizes of charity, and accessibility. As a vital tool for assessing good practice in governance, we want to make sure that the Code reflects the context charities are working in and that it can be used practically by organisations of all sizes.”

The Charity Governance Code

The Charity Governance Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance. The Code is not a legal or regulatory requirement; it is created by the sector, for the sector.

The Code sets the principles and recommended practice for good governance and is deliberately aspirational. The Code is designed to be a tool for continuous improvement towards the highest standards of governance.

CGIUKI is a part of the steering group responsible for the Code. The other steering group members are ACEVO: Charity Leaders Network, Association of Chairs, NCVO: National Council for Voluntary Organisations and WCVA: Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

The current consultation on the Code is generously supported by The Clothworkers Company, Withers LLP and Wrigley’s LLP. 

Please respond to the consultation, by 11th August 2024, here.

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