supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering
Scottish Governance Code for Third Sector - Consultation open until 03 August
Created: 19/07/2018, Updated: 26/07/2018
This Scottish Governance Code has been created for the third sector, by the third sector.
Scotland's Third Sector Governance Forum brings together individuals and organisations with knowledge and expertise in governance issues. We are a small group of people with a big ambition to improve governance in the third sector. We have worked with people from all types of third sector organisations in Scotland to produce this Code. It reflects and celebrates the wealth of good practice that exists in our sector and provides a standard for all to aspire to. Thank you to everyone who contributed - we could not have done it without you.
Over 250,000 trustees in Scotland give their time and skills on a voluntary basis to steer the work of third sector organisations. Individually as trustees and collectively as boards, they are the bastions of good governance.
Good governance matters because it underpins successful organisations. It matters in all sectors, but especially in ours where the purpose is to serve our beneficiaries as best we can. A good reputation takes years to build and seconds to destroy. Good governance underpins our effectiveness, and is also the best way to protect and enhance the reputation of our individual organisations and the sector as a whole.
The new draft version of the Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector (Code) here.
The Code is designed to be read online alongside various resources documents, templates and guidance and used to have practical discussions around governance.
The Code sets out 5 core principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland and is for the boards and trustees of these different types of organisations. It’s hoped that the Code reflects and celebrates the wealth of good practice that exists in our sector and provides a standard for all third sector organisations.