Consultation launched to refresh Charity Governance Code

A consultation has been launched to refresh the Charity Governance Code in order to ensure it remains 'relevant and credible'.

The code is designed to promote good governance practice for charities of all sizes in England and Wales. A new version was published in 2017 and received sector-wide praise.

The steering group responsible for the code has now launched a consultation to refresh the latest version of the code for 2020, with plans to review it at three-year intervals.

“We want to ensure that the code stays abreast of good governance expectations and that it remains relevant and credible," the group's chair, Rose Chapman said.

"As we know that many charities are still working through the code’s recommendations, we are planning a refresh rather than a radical overhaul and to only make changes where they are urgently required," she added.

“In the consultation, we are keen to get people’s views on how they are using the code and on whether there are some pressing areas where the code needs to change. In particular, we are interested in hearing whether the code needs to reflect changing expectations around diversity and inclusion and, additionally, whether it should say more about charities’ responsibilities around the right to feel safe and safeguarding.

“As the code is forged by the ethos ‘by the sector, for the sector’, Trustees’ Week makes the ideal time to launch this consultation and have that conversation.”

The steering group plans to pay particular attention to who is using the code and how they are using it, as well as specific areas and topics that need to be included, updated or improved.

It will also be looking to see if there are any other urgent changes needed to the code at this stage and how to improve awareness and take-up of the code.

The consultation will run from 4 November 2019 until 28 February 2020. Details of the consultation can be found here.

Respondents are invited to submit comments through the online survey available here.

Alternatively, comments can be emailed to or sent by post to:

Policy Department,
The Chartered Governance Institute,
Saffron House,
6-10 Kirby Street,
London EC1N 8TS.

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