Principle 5

An effective board will provide good governance and leadership by behaving with integrity and by being open and accountable.

The board will be open, responsive and accountable, acting at all times with integrity, in the interest of the organisation and its beneficiaries. The board will:

  • Act according to high ethical standards.
  • Identify, understand and manage conflicts of interest and loyalty.
  • Maintain independence of decision making.
  • Ensure open communication by informing and consulting people about the organisation and its work.
  • Listen and respond to the views of beneficiaries, service users, funders and supporters with an interest in the organisation’s work.
  • Handle complaints constructively, impartially and efficiently.
  • Consider organisational responsibilities to the wider community, society and the environment.
  • Consider organisational responsibility in promoting equality and good relations

Good practice/behaviours

  1. Act as guardians of the sport by applying high sporting ethical standards at all times.
  2. Ensure that key policies are in place, underpinned by appropriate training and support:
    • Code of Conduct
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Complaints, Disciplinary and Appeals
    • Safeguarding
    • Anti-Doping
    • Selection Procedures
  3. Include the ability to use disputes resolutions services/organisations within the governing document to mediate or resolve disputes.
  4. Have mechanisms in place for the completion of vetting requirements.
  5. Consulting with athletes, participants, members and stakeholders views via appropriate communication methods for different audiences, for matters such as developing rules, regulations and selection procedures.
  6. Ensuring all processes and decisions are transparent, whether they are sporting or organisational matters and that communication methods are appropriate for relevant stakeholders.
  7. Promote and monitor equality and diversity e.g. by engaging in The Equality Standard process, ClubmarkNI etc.
  8. Publishing the organisations key documents such as strategic plan, constitution, meeting minutes on the organisation’s website.

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