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NCVO webinar: An update on changes to the Charity Governance Code

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Here we share our progress on updating the Charity Governance Code. Hear from the Code steering group about changes that are being made to the Diversity and Integrity principles following its refresh.

The panel will share some of the proposed changes to the Integrity principle, offering a preview of the updates. They will also reflect on findings from engagement and the extended consultation on enhancements to the Diversity principle. This will be an opportunity for the steering group to share their learning, having listened to a range of experiences. It is also an opportunity to discuss best practice which has been identified through the revision work. Finally, the group will offer an update on next steps on the Code's revision.

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NCVO webinar: An update on changes to the Charity Governance Code

  1. 1. Trustees’ Week 2020 Refreshing the Code Dan Francis, Lead governance consultant, NCVO Pari Dhillon, Consultant reviewing the Diversity Principle Rosie Chapman, Independent chair CGC steering group Supported by: Group members Observer
  2. 2. What we will cover • The journey so far and a recap on the consultation • Sharing updates to the integrity principle • Practical findings from work on the diversity principle • Updates to the diversity principle • Next steps and plans for publication • Questions
  3. 3. The journey so far
  4. 4. Public consultation findings • Wide ranging public consultation with over 130 substantive responses and feedback from over 800 organisations and individuals.Together with a series of in-depth focus groups. • 84% of respondents to the main consultation were very satisfied or satisfied with the Code the Code compared with 42% of the Small Charities Coalition survey respondents. • Strong support (85% of respondents to the main consultation) supported the idea of a refresh approach. • Clear that the understanding and meaning of integrity has evolved to incorporate ethics and the right to be safe. • Strong engagement with themes surrounding diversity, inclusion, equity and equality and a steer that the Code could go further.
  5. 5. Changes to integrity principle Principle: Updated to emphasise ethics and culture ‘The board acts with integrity, adopting values, applying ethical principles to decisions , and creating a welcoming and supportive culture which helps achieve the charity’s purposes…’ Rationale: Significantly refocused to from just funds and assets to cover the ‘right to be save’ and personal behaviours of trustees. ‘… Everyone who comes into contact with a charity should be treated with dignity and respect and feel that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Moreover, those that lead a charity should exhibit and be held to the highest levels of personal integrity and conduct…’ Outcomes: Broadening of focus to reflect Ethical Principles language. Including: Creation of a safe and welcoming environment, the ability of the board to be objective and an personal behaviours of trustees
  6. 6. Upholding the charity’s values (enhanced) • Emphasis on ensuring trustee decisions and actions are consistent with stated • Expectation the trustee code of conduct reflects those values • Reference to ‘Nolan Principles’ or the ‘Charity Ethical Principles’ Ensuring the right to be safe (new) • Trustees understand their safeguarding responsibilities • Establish appropriate procedures, integrate these with risk management and training • Ensure everyone in contact with the charity knows how to speak up and raise Identifying, dealing with and recording conflicts of interest/loyalty (unchanged) Changes to integrity recommended practice
  7. 7. • It’s a journey… • So start with, why? • Then ask, why don’t we have that now? • Set some context specific, realistic goals • (*note on recruitment) • Take action, review, learn • Publish performance • and if brave enough share the learning from mistakes • It’s an ongoing journey: building, maintaining, learning, improving What we have learnt from our work on diversity
  8. 8. What the learning might mean for the updated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion principle (1) Clearer outcomes with the board: • Ensuring EDI principles are embedded and help deliver the charity’s public benefit • Composition countering imbalances of power, perspective and opportunity • Making good decisions and is more effective because it includes a variety of perspectives, experiences and skills
  9. 9. Possible changes to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion recommended practice (2) Framed around the possible journey a board might take: • Assessing understanding, systems and culture • Setting context-specific and realistic goals • Taking action and monitoring EDI performance • Publishing performance information and learning
  10. 10. Questions and comments Supported by:
  11. 11. What we have not done/included? • The strengths and limitations of a Code • Supporting guidance and a possible role for other organisations. • Call to action for others to provide supporting guidance to help charities on this journey
  12. 12. Next steps • Finalise the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion wording (test out with critical friends) • Aim to publish by the end of the year • Will review on a regular basis
  13. 13. • Charity Governance Code website • Details of the consultation and the full report into findings (published today) • Blogs from the steering group More on refreshing the Charity Governance Code: Supported by: