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ONECAN Toolkit: Good Governance

Good Governance

The management of a community group’s policy and affairs is the responsibility of its committee, typically elected at the annual general meeting (AGM). In fulfilling this responsibility, effective committees recognise the importance of implementing and adhering to good governance practices as such measures underpin the success of any group.

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector, a voluntary tool developed by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum, sets out five core principles of good governance:

  1. Organisational purpose
  2. Leadership
  3. Board behaviour
  4. Control
  5. Effectiveness

In embodying these principles, a committee will have a clear understanding of the purpose and values of the group, a firm knowledge of its own role, powers and responsibilities and provide strategic direction in line with the group’s vision and values. It will also work collectively to oversee progress/performance while demonstrating and embracing mutual respect, integrity, openness and accountability in all that it does.

To assist committee’s in reviewing governance and identifying areas for improvement, SCVO’s Good Governance Checkup tool can be used in conjunction with the Code as part of a self-evaluation process.

For further information or support on any aspect of governance, please contact VASLan’s Stuart Reilly at stuart.reilly@vaslan.org.uk

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