The Voluntary and Community Sector’s Code of Good Governance

2 Jun 2014 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 9 Feb 2015

The code of good governance has been revised to streamline it to five overarching principles instead of the current seven principles. The Developing Governance Group is currently consulting on the revised Code and would welcome your comments.

The Code of Good Governance sets out the principles and practices of good governance for the committees/boards of voluntary and community organisations. It was launched in 2008 by the Developing Governance Group (DGG), following consultation with the voluntary and community sector, and has been widely accepted as the set of standards for governance in the sector.

The pocket-sized booklet of the Code has been widely distributed to committee/board members of all types of sector organisations. The DGG also devised the ‘governance health check’ and remapped the practical resources on the ‘diycommitteeguide’ website in line with the principles of the Code. Both resources have been devised to provide practical information and a self-assessment framework for voluntary boards/committees to assess their own governance practices.

On a review of the Code of Good Governance’s ‘healthcheck’ and the ‘online resource’, the Developing Governance Group recognised that there was some overlap with the principles and sub-principles in the Code and undertook a review of the principles in the Code.

The revised Code of Good Governance has been streamlined to five overarching principles which include leadership and effectiveness as part of each principle rather than as separate principles. As with the current Code, the principle of equality, is an integral element of all the principles in the revised Code.

The DGG would welcome your comments on the revised Code and ask you to complete a very quick online survey to gather responses so that we can be sure that this revised Code of best practice is relevant and appropriate for the needs of voluntary and community organisations. The consultation document and a hard copy of the survey can be downloaded below.

The closing date for responses is Friday, 13 June 2014.'s picture
by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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