Since 2005 the Charity Governance Code has been developed and overseen by a charity sector steering group. It is not a legal or regulatory requirement but instead good practice for charities working towards implementing exemplary leadership and governance. The Code has 7 key pillars and is a valuable tool in striving towards good practice.
In 2020 the Charity Governance Code was refreshed following a consultation about the Code with the third sector. The unprecedented circumstances of 2020 that exacerbated inequalities and exclusion has led to changes to the Code’s principles on equality, diversity and inclusion and integrity.
Shivaji Shiva, Charity Partner, VWV, provided an overview of the Code and the recent changes and how it further strengthens good governance and leadership. The discussion reflected on the current approach and practice of funders and some of the challenges of not being tokenistic, balancing skills with diversity to ensure an effective governance approach. Understanding the goals that one wants to achieve in the context one is operating in; seeing this as part of a journey that needs to be actioned, review and learnt from, is seen as critical if one is to move forward on improving good governance that embeds equality and diversity. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Some additional resources referred to in the session:
Charity so White – https://charitysowhite.org/ – tackling institutionalised racism in the charity sector
NCVO – https://www.ncvo.org.uk/policy-and-research/ethics/ethical-principles -These principles aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts and make charities a safer place.
Sandwell Trends and deprivation – https://www.sandwelltrends.info/deprivation_west_midlands_context/ An example of a placed focussed source of data and evidence that is collated and analysed on deprivation.
For anyone who has a ‘Big Local’ project on their patch, they have access to something called ‘Local Insights’ … primarily focuses on the Big Local area, but has been expanded to include other information. – https://localtrust.org.uk/insights/